Let’s first see where to find the Python software to install on our machine in order to start programming with Python. The packages that we will have to install are available on the official website of the language at the following url:
Naturally, before downloading the software versions, we will have to inform ourselves about the type of machine at our disposal and the operating system installed on it. However, remember that Python is available for practically all operating systems in circulation.
The Python interpreter will allow the translation of our Python code into a language that our computer can understand and that will allow it to execute the instructions contained in it. In the writing period of this book, the current version of the Python interpretation is 3.1.2 which represents the stable one and that is why in the examples that will accompany us in the following chapters we will refer to that version.
We can safely download the Python software from the network, as the programming with Python is all open source and therefore freely downloadable from the internet where we can find sites that in addition to providing detailed procedures for downloading the current version of the software also provide satisfactory documentation.