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I want to learn how to create applications in python. By applications I mean a script with GUI and executable that I can pass on to colleague for them to install in their computers and use it or for my own use. I have been learning python for about a year but I have been limited to working in jupyter notebooks. I have no idea how to use Git, Github, Command line, manage environments, visual studio, etc. All those are needed to actually build an application. I think I am close to been able to build the script I need for visualizing and manipulating the data the way I want, but I have no idea on how to take that into an actual application or app. A good analogy will be if I wanted to build a poker app. I know how to code everything I need in python to run the statistics and numerically simulate a game of poker I do not know how to turn it into an application that I can send a friend (non-programmer) in zip folder with an executable so he can run it. I have tried learning Github and command line but there are always so many different programs to install that before I get started I usually get stuck in setting up my system ( I have Windows) with some sort of error for which I have no clue how to troubleshoot. What course should I take to give me the essentials I need to get started. Ideally the course will help me set it up in my system not through a browser since my challenge has been going from online tutorials to actual application or scripts that I can run reliably in my PC. Thank in advance for your recommendations

1 Answer

Full Stack JavaScript Techdegree Student 22,891 Points

Hello :) I think you need a look in to python frameworks, that will make things easier. to developer an GUI app for windows,

_ look at this for GUI website : https://wiki.python.org/moin/GuiProgramming

_ here in treehouse, you may be interested to check : https://teamtreehouse.com/library/tkinter

on another note, Git, is not necessary to build any things, it's complementary ,it's a version control ; its main role is to track changes and to facilitate collaboration between team 's member. Git & Command lines are a must if you are planning to be developer not hobbyist. because they will help a lot.

my suggestions for you, did you try ubuntu ? or any other linux distro. it will not be easy at first, but after one year coding in python, I think you will be able to pull it off. best luck !