What Are Analysis Environments

This is part of the “Intro to Data Analysis with Python” series of posts, with content from the Enki app. If you stumbled upon this, you could start from the beginning.

When it comes to coding in Python, there are several environments you can choose from.

These environments are shells[1], IDE's[2], and other programs that let you write, test, and run Python code.

The most basic environment you can write Python in is your OS's terminal[3].

To try it out, open your terminal, type in the word python and press Enter.

A python environment that understands Python is usually called the interpreter[4].

💡 Different versions of Python will have different keywords to launch the interpreter. The most common ones are py and python.

Even though most operating systems come with a pre-installed version of the Python interpreter it is not the recommended tool for coding as it lacks many user-friendly features.

There are superior programs with better interpreters, such as:

  • Jupyter Lab
  • IDLE
  • nteract
  • PyScripter
  • Google colab
  • VScode
  • and may more

💡 Some of the awesome features these provide are type suggestions, syntax highlighting, in-line graphics, and so on.


[1: Shell]

Shells are command-line tools used to execute code.

[3:I DE's]

IDE's or Integrated Development Environments are software applications used for building other applications.

Usually, all IDE's consist of a graphical user interface (GUI), a source code editor, a debugger, and a compiler.

In layman's terms, it is a program that makes it easier for developers to create other programs.

[3: Terminal Gif]

Terminals are programs on the computer that let us communicate with shells. We send input (commands) into and receive output (results) out of the shell via a terminal.

Here's how we can run the `python` shell:

Terminal Gif

[4: Interpreter]

An interpreter is a program that can interpret and execute code line by line.

It can read and analyze codes in specific languages without the need to translate them into a machine language first.

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