Hey guys and girls, thanks for taking the time to read this. Lets get straight to the point. I've decided I want to learn how to program. MIT has an online course 6.00 that is an introduction to programming and computer sciences. I started to get the tools I need for this course, which are Python 2.5.4 and IDLE. Two problems right off the bat; (<-- is that right punctuation?)
1. I have never set up, downloaded, or installed any software like this before
2. I am brand new to Mac comps, and it is making this even more difficult for me because I am trying to figure this out in an unfamiliar environment.
Now I have come to figure out that Macs already have Python built into OS X, I checked my version and its 2.7.5. So my questions are:
A. Can I downgrade my built in version of Python to the 2.5.4 that I need for the course? Or is there also lower versions built in (someone had mentioned it on forum I read while trying to find the answer).
B. If not, what do I do? I have downloaded a compressed version of 2.5.4 but I am not sure how to install it on my computer
C. How do I install this IDLE program and then run Python in it?
I know these questions may seem pretty low brow to most (all) of you here, as you can see I am pretty green to the whole computer programming thing, but I assure you I am a quick learner and no better way to jump in and start mucking about.
I am running a brand new Macbook pro with Mavericks installed.
Thanks, I really appreciate the time anyone takes to help me. I even appreciate the time someone takes to make a good crack about my thread.