Python “hello, world!” (at the interpreter)¶
Working with Abjad means programming in Python. Let’s start with Python’s interactive interpreter.
Starting the interpreter¶
Open the terminal and type
python to start the interpreter:
Python responds with version information and a prompt:
Python 2.7.3 (v2.7.3:70274d53c1dd, Apr 9 2012, 20:52:43) [GCC 4.2.1 (Apple Inc. build 5666) (dot 3)] on darwin Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. >>>
The purpose of the interpreter is to let you try out code one line at a time.
Type the following at the interpreter’s prompt:
>>> print('hello, world!') hello, world!
Python responds by printing
hello, world! to the terminal.
Stopping the interpreter¶
quit(). Or type the two-key combination
The interpreter stops and returns you to the terminal.
The Python interpreter is a good way to do relatively small things quickly.
But as your projects become more complex you will want to organize the code you write in files.
This is the topic of the next tutorial.