Getting started with Python on your own machine:

If you're here, you should have Python 2.7 installed. Either:

  • You have a Mac, which comes with a version of Python 2.7 installed, or
  • You have a PC, and you just followed the installation instructions.

If you don't have Python installed for some reason, go do that first.

STEP 1: Download LiClipse

In class and on your personal computers, we'll be using an Integrated Development Environmnent (IDE) called LiClipse - a "light" version of the IDE on the lab computers called Eclipse. LiClipse has some nice features and comes ready to roll with Python, where Eclipse takes a bit more time and effort to set up.

> Download LiClipse <

STEP 2: Install LiClipse

Open the installer you just downloaded. You may need to grant it permission to install on your computer; go ahead.

You should see the following startup screen. Click Next.

Accept the license agreement and click Next.

Install the software wherever you like; I'm keeping it in the default location. Click Next.

Create shortcuts as you like, and finally click Install. Installation should take about a minute, at which point you should see this screen:

Go ahead and open up LiClipse. You'll be greeted with this screen:

I've changed my workspace to be a folder named CS 301 in My Documents - you may use whatever location you like, just remember where it is so you can hand in your files!

I've also clicked the "Use this as the default" checkbox - if you don't do this, you'll see this popup every time you open LiClipse.

Go ahead and click OK. After a few moments, you may see this window:

These choices are entirely cosmetic, but personally I prefer the Dark Themes and that's what you'll see me using in class. Like the text says, you can always change this later if you don't like the look. Pick one, and click OK.