Levels of installing python

This is an opinionated route towards python management. Every computer may have its own set up.

Level 0: “I just want to play with python”

Method 1: Use and online REPL like this: https://repl.it/languages/python

Level 1: “I want python on my computer”

Download brew, use brew to download the latest version of python and go crazy.

$ brew install python

Level 2: “I want to manage python packages for a project”

Use virtualenv to create virtually separated environments for each of your projects. Make sure to “freeze” your requirements to a file so you record every version number of every downloaded package. You can pip install virtualenv to download this library.

(Optional): use virtualenv-wrapper to manage all the virtualenv‘s you will eventually create

Level 3: “I need to manage python versions now”

Use pyenv to manage python versions per project and check this into version control. pyenv uses a .python-version file in your project to determine which python to use for the project.

virtualenv can still be used to manage package versions

Optional: use pyenv-virtualenv which is a pyenv plugin to “automate” the creation of virtualenv‘s

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