FINALLY. After weeks of errors and several bottles of wine, I managed to load a 3rd party module to get some more Python going.
You can download Python here by the way.
Al Sweigart, author of the best programming book of all time, has an appendix which explains that you can install 3rd party modules with pip. It comes installed standard, and you should be able to run it through the command prompt. HOWEVER, when I first tried it that way, alls I got was a deluge of errors.
Somewhere buried in a Stack Overflow thread which I can’t find anymore, someone mentioned that you can actually import pip into the Python IDLE and run it from there.
The shell will pop up afterwards with a block of text.
Ta Da. Now we have BeautifulSoup.
I wish I could tell you that here end the errors, but immediately after I started trying scripts with BeautifulSoup, I started getting a whole different set of errors.
But seeing as how it’s installed, I’m calling that progress.
The more I try to automate things with code, the more I’m coming to accept that it’s about 2% writing, 98% trying to figure out what the hell is causing this:
What’s genuinely frustrating is that once I imported one module through IDLE, pip started working through the command prompt. I have absolutely no idea why.