A Typical First ProgramΒΆ

Traditionally, the first program written in a new language is called Hello, World! because all it does is display the words, Hello, World! In Python, the source code looks like this.

print "Hello, World!"

This is an example of using the print statement, which doesn’t actually print anything on paper. It displays a value on the screen. In this case, the result is the phrase:

Hello, World!

Here is the example in activecode. Give it a try!

The quotation marks in the program mark the beginning and end of the value. They don’t appear in the result. You’ll learn more about why in the next chapter.

Some people judge the quality of a programming language by the simplicity of the Hello, World! program. By this standard, Python does about as well as possible.

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