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1. Introduction: Hacking on Twitter Data > Installing Python Development Tools

Installing Python Development Tools

The example code in this book is written in Python, so if you already have a recent version of Python and easy_install on your system, you obviously know your way around and should probably skip the remainder of this section. If you don’t already have Python installed, the bad news is that you’re probably not already a Python hacker. But don’t worry, because you will be soon; Python has a way of doing that to people because it is easy to pick up and learn as you go along. Users of all platforms can find instructions for downloading and installing Python at http://www.python.org/download/, but it is highly recommended that Windows users install ActivePython, which automatically adds Python to your path at the Windows Command Prompt (henceforth referred to as a “terminal”) and comes with easy_install, which we’ll discuss in just a moment. The examples in this book were authored in and tested against the latest Python 2.7 branch, but they should also work fine with other relatively up-to-date versions of Python. At the time this book was written, Python Version 2 is still the status quo in the Python community, and it is recommended that you stick with it unless you are confident that all of the dependencies you’ll need have been ported to Version 3, and you are willing to debug any idiosyncrasies involved in the switch.


  

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