In this beginner’s tutorial I’ll walk through the steps to making your first Python program that works with the Twitter API. This will allow you to perform actions with Twitter’s code without being on the website, and also open up other options that are not readily available to normal users.
For this tutorial we’re first going to need a Twitter dev account. Don’t worry, this is a very simple step.
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Mac OS has Python built-in, and also has the cool command ‘easy_install’ already part of the system. This command lets us easily grab and install Python modules and their dependencies. However, this tool does not allow us to uninstall them. For that we’ll need to get another command – one that we can get using the easy_install command.
First we’re going to install pip on our system, a command that will help us cleanly uninstall Python code when we need to. Open up your terminal and type: Continue reading Mac OS & Python: Add and remove Python modules
Applescript is a great tool for us Mac users. It’s a scripting language that’s easy and simple enough to not scare away true beginners. A fun feature of Applescript is how to write code, since almost looks like regular English sentences. Applescript was the first scripting language I felt comfortable using. However, its ceiling of limits is pretty low. For some tasks it’s better to turn to other tools.
When jumping from the Applescript ship to Python, the water seems mighty cold. There is a lot more ‘computer code’ and all the commands are new and foreign. Plus, the language’s name is a type of snake! You’ll be feeling homesick for the ease of Applescript, but these feelings will pass.
Python’s developers wanted to create a language that was fun to learn and use, that’s why they named it after the British comedic troupe, Monty Python. And when compared to other languages, like C and Pearl, it is easy to pickup and learn. Continue reading Mac OS & Python: An Introduction for the Applescripter