Setting up Python in Windows 8.1

Set up Python on Windows 8.1

1. Visit the official Python download page and grab the Windows installer. Choose the 32-bit version.

2. Run the installer and accept all the default settings, including the “C:\Python34″ directory it creates.

3. Next, set the system’s PATH variable to include directories that include Python components and packages we’ll add later. To do this:

  • Open the Control Panel (you can find it using Search on the Charms Bar).
  • In the Control Panel, search for and open System.
  • In the dialog box, select Advanced System Settings.
  • In the next dialog, select Environment Variables.
  • In the User Variables section, edit the PATH statement to include this (if there is no PATH variable, click NEW to create one):

4. Now, you can open a command prompt (Charms Bar | Search | cmd) and type:

C:\> python

That will load the Python interpreter:

Python 3.4.1  etc etc
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or license for more information.

Because of the settings you included in your PATH variable, you can now run this interpreter — and, more important, a script — from any directory on your system.

Press Control-Z plus Return to exit the interpreter and get back to a C: prompt.

Set up useful Python packages

setuptools and pip are installed with python 3.4.1 -  they will cover most of your installation needs, so go ahead and add pip. MechanizeRequests and BeautifulSoup are must-have utilities for web scraping, and we’ll add those next:

C:\> pip install mechanize
C:\> pip install requests
C:\> pip install beautifulsoup4

4. csvkit, which was covered here, is a great tool for dealing with comma-delimited text files. Add it:

C:\> pip install csvkit

You’re now set to get started using and learning Python under Windows 8.1. If you’re looking for a handy guide, start with the Official Python tutorial.

BUT FIRST, … install Eclipse IDE to support working in Python.

Eclipse & JVM

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