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I am new to the course and in software requirement it is stating 2.5.4(2.5 or 2.6 version are acceptable)Also when I hav typed python over terminal on MAC OS X 10.8.2 it stated 2.7.2 is installed and then resume to >>>.Tell me will I be requiring to install other version of python.And if not then how to make use of already installed python? As I am unable to locate the IDLE that by default has text editor suitable for python So plzz suggest how to run code containing more number of statements without text editor?

MIT 6.00 Intro Computer Science (OCW)
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http://www.python.org/download/releases/2.7.3/ try this....in the end of the list u have the 2 MAC download links....choose the one that suites u best. id suggest to uninstall any other python u have installed 1st.
go to the app launcher and u will see idle next to the python launcher or go to the application folder list and you would see mac python folder check in it, hope this helps
Aditya, Which 6.00 course are you taking? Fall2012 6.00X is using the Enthought Python distribution at http://www.enthought.com/products/epd_free.php (which is based on python 2.7.3) The MIT OCW 6.00SC course says to use http://www.python.org/download/releases/2.5.4

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Version 2.x.x are backward compatible with other 2.x.x but 3.x.x is not and some code meant for 2.x.x will not run properly in 3.x.x so I am pretty sure it does not matter as long as it is 2.x.x. Also, when you install python you normally get 2 icons to run it, one is for the command line version and one is for Idle. If you do not get the Idle icon like what happens if you install Portable Python on a USB stick then you can go to the Lib/idelib directory and run the idle.bat file to load it. Hope this helps someone.
You'll probably be fine with the installed version of Python. Idle is hidden pretty well in OSX's default install. Search for it with Spotlight. This is the guts of a little script I wrote to make idle a command on my 10.5.8 machine: /usr/bin/python /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.5/lib/python2.5/idlelib/idle.py

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