Quick-Start Guide: Minimalistic Python Workflow

Get up and running with Python, git Bash, and VS Code in ~30 minutes.

Accessing the terminal

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This is the Ubuntu 19.04 terminal. Don’t let the blank screen scare you.

Installing and Verifying Python

Installing Python on Windows 10

Installing Python on Ubuntu 18+

Command 'python3' not found, but can be installed with:sudo apt install python3
sudo apt update && upgrade
sudo apt install python3

Verifying the installation (Windows 10 or Ubuntu 18+):

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>>> print('Hello, world!')
>>> x = lambda x : print('<3' * x); x(9000);
>>> qerfwerfwerg
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>>> exit()
sudo apt install pip
sudo apt install pip3

Installing git Bash

git status
fatal: not a git repository (or any of the parent directories): .git
git config --global "YourUserName"
git config --global ""

Installing and Configuring Visual Studio Code

"window.restoreWindows": "none",
"editor.mouseWheelZoom": true,
"editor.renderWhitespace": "all",
"workbench.startupEditor": "newUntitledFile",
"window.titleBarStyle": "custom",
"editor.minimap.maxColumn": 50,
"editor.minimap.renderCharacters": false,
"breadcrumbs.enabled": true
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The top right (see the cursor) has a button you can click to manually paste in the settings above.

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