I really don’t know where to begin, or how. I’m trying to follow the instructions in the PDF book, but I can’t tell if I’m doing it correctly because I don’t know what anything means. My biggest learning obstacles are that I am somewhat of a perfectionist, which makes the random-feeling trial and error approach I’ve taken so far seem very frustrating. It feels like trial and error because I can’t tell whether or not what I’ve done is correct. I was told that coding requires that you do things in a meticulously precise manner, which I thought sounded wonderful, but so far it hasn’t felt that way. The book said to get Python 3.6 but then I read that it is okay to get a more recent version, so I did. Version 3.8.8 for my Windows 7 operating system. I also got the Atom and the Powershell attached to my Start Menu per the instructions.
The word “run” is confusing, I guess that just means to open it? It doesn’t seem like anything is running, it’s just sitting there. The PDF of Learn Python the Hard Way did not say to run as Administrator but that’s the only option my computer seemed to offer, so that’s what I did. I hope that’s okay. I googled “how to run windows powershell in windows 7” and found some suggestions. I also learned about the Windows button on the keyboard and Win+r, which of course made literal-minded me wonder if you are also supposed to type the plus sign. I managed to figure that one out, LOL.
I followed instructions 1 - 9 on page 27 and 28 of the PDF to the best of my ability. For instruction 10 - Learn how to make a directory in PowerShell I googled “what do you type to make a directory in python”. Based on my search results, I typed mkdir and then hit enter. That generated a bunch of stuff that doesn’t seem right. Also, I noticed that in the PDF 0.2.1 Windows: What You Should See has that mkdir and then there’s a space or two and then lpthw. Should I have typed that instead? How many spaces between mkdir and lpthw? Does it matter? I didn’t do that yet. Here’s what I have so far:
Great, the photo didn’t show up. Usually I have no trouble posting pictures on forums but apparently I’m not even capable of uploading a photo here, so instead I’ll type in everything it says in the Powershell so far:
PS C:\Users\Cyndy> python
Python 3.8.8 (tags/v3.8.8:024d805, Feb 19 2021, 13:18:16) [MSC v.1928 64 bit (AM D64] on win32
Type “help”, “copyright”, “credits” or “license” for more information.
PS C:\Users\Cyndy> mkdir
cmdlet mkdir at command pipeline position 1
Supply values for the following parameters:
With the typeface on PowerShell it is difficult to tell how many spaces there are between some of the words, and the parentheses signs look almost identical to < greater than, and > less than, so I might have typed incorrectly some of the things that I did not type in the first place, the things that showed up on the Powershell after I typed quit() and mkdir
If I haven’t screwed up already and am ready to move on to instruction #11, I will google “how to change into a directory in the PowerShell (Terminal)”
For #12 I don’t know what “Use your editor” means, and what it means to “pick” a directory. Does that mean click on it, or select it? I guess I’ll google that too.
#13 Is googling what is meant when it says “look it up”? Is there some better way to look it up?
#14 I don’t know what “list the directory” means.
I probably seem like some kind of nightmare of a basket case, and it seems ridiculous to me that I’ve had to google how to do every little thing. And half the time the answers aren’t specific or detailed enough to help me know what to do.
So have I already done a million things wrong and is there a different computer course that I ought to take before I try to learn Python? I thought it would be a good idea to learn coding in all this spare time I have while my career as a professional bass player is either permanently destroyed or on indefinite hold, thanks to the pandemic, and Python was recommended to me as a good language to learn.
Thanks for any help/advice!