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Introduction Python: Setting up the environment

Hexlet designs most of its courses in a way that allows students to do all the work directly in the browser. This approach helps you to focus on the assignments. But it can create a false understanding of what is going on.

The first steps in learning to program are about setting up the environment. And for many people, installation, and configuration is more complicated than writing code. The sooner you start playing around with your code, the faster you'll progress and be able to write real applications and complete coding tasks!

Speaking of assignments, we at Hexlet maintain a list of testing assignments from various companies. We recommend that you use it as a guide. It would be perfect if you could do at least one or two on your GitHub account as part of your learning. It will give you confidence and show that you can do something. There's another benefit: employers can check out your GitHub account and look at the code.

In this course, we'll install and configure Python, learn about the Poetry package manager, how to link third-party libraries, and how to make your code available to the public. You will apply what you've learned in this course to your first Python project.

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