Welcome to CipherTrick’s Python learning series. Our aim is to help you master Python, one of the most loved programming languages worldwide, known for its versatility and readability. Python has the advantage of a broad range of applications from web and software development to AI, machine learning, and data science. This post will cover why you should learn Python, a little about Python’s history, and finally, guide you on setting up your Python environment.

Why Learn Python?

  1. Ease of Learning: Python’s simple syntax makes it a great language for beginners. It’s designed to be easy to understand and write.
  2. Versatility: Python is a flexible language with applications ranging from web development to machine learning, AI, and more.
  3. High Demand: Python developers are in high demand due to the language’s widespread use in diverse industries.
  4. Vibrant Community: Python has a large, active community that’s always ready to help. The community also contributes to an ever-growing selection of Python libraries, making it easier to implement complex tasks.

A Brief History of Python

Python was created in the late 1980s by Guido van Rossum as a successor to the ABC language. Guido wanted a language that was easy to read and allowed developers to write programs quickly. Python’s name comes not from the snake, but from the British comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus, a favorite of Guido’s.

Setting Up Your Python Environment

Before you start coding, you’ll need to set up your Python environment. Here are step-by-step instructions:

  1. Download Python: Go to the official Python website and download the latest version suitable for your operating system.
  2. Install Python: Run the installer file and follow the instructions. Make sure to check the box that says “Add Python to PATH” before you click “Install Now”.
  3. Choose an Integrated Development Environment (IDE): Although Python comes with IDLE, a basic editor, you might want a more feature-rich IDE. PyCharm, Sublime Text, and Visual Studio Code are popular choices.
  4. Verify Installation: Open your command line (Terminal for Mac, Command Prompt for Windows), type python --version, and hit Enter. If Python is installed correctly, you’ll see the version number.


Congratulations on taking the first step on your Python journey. In the next part of this series, we will dive deeper into Python’s syntax and start coding. Stay tuned!