Fresh from #nicar12, here are curated notes to set up a Windows 7 Python environment so I can practice at work
The following are bullet points gathered from walkthroughs created by Anthony DeBarros and the Kenneth Reitz's Python Guide to get a Python development environment up and running on my work machine.
I needed admin rights for only two steps:
- Python 2.7.2 installation (Don't install 3.1)
- Setting the Python path
Once those steps are completed, these steps will get easy_install pip, virtualenv, django and many other packages up and running.
Download Distribute for Windows and save the script to your Python27 directory.
Open your command prompt by clicking Start Menu and search for cmd to find cmd.exe. You will change into the Python27 directory and run the distribute setup.py script. In turn, you will be able to install pip which is really the gateway drug to adding packages and learning your way.
cd C:\ cd C:\Python27 python distribute_setup.py easy_install pip pip install virtualenv
My virtual environments exist inside of C:\Python27\Scripts, so to get there, change to that directory and create a new virtual environment.
cd Scripts virtualenv --distribute <environment name>
To activate virtual environment:
cd <environment name> cd Scripts activate.bat
From here, you can use pip to install python packages to the virtual environment
pip install django pip install csvkit pip install BeautifulSoup pip install mechanize
To deactivate a virtual environment
My next goal is to get a version of virtualenvwrapper running, which makes managing virtual environments a piece of cake.