Introduction to Python
By Jessica McKellar
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2014
Run time: 3 hours 27 minutes

Intrigued by Python? Learn how to get started with this popular language, whether you’re new to programming or just new to Python. This engaging video course teaches you Python’s core concepts and data types through hands-on exercises, and delivers fun and useful projects so you can put everything together.

With an emphasis on code readability, Python enables programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code than you can with many other languages. Open source developer Jessica McKellar helps you discover what’s possible with Python and provides the foundation you need to begin writing programs of your own.

  • Set up a development environment with Python and a text editor
  • Explore basic data types such as integers, strings, lists, and dictionaries
  • Learn how looping lets you do lots of work with a little bit of code
  • Gain access to more functionality in Python with modules
  • Practice reading, writing, and running your first Python programs
  • Navigate the command line for writing larger programs
  • Write your own functions for encapsulating useful work
  • Use classes to group, name, and reuse functions and variables
  • Practice what you’ve learned with the state capitals quizzer and Scrabble cheater projects

Once you’re comfortable with the basics, take the next step with Steve Holden’s Intermediate Python video course.

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    I am very pleased with this video series. Jessica is an outstanding instructor and explains each of the topics in a way that is easy for newcomers to comprehend. The video quality is good, making it easy to view the scripts without having to squint. I would definitely buy this again.

     
    5.0

    This is an awesome course for beginners

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      Comments about oreilly Introduction to Python:

      I'm new to python. This is an awesome course. The subjects are related and I could easily follow. It's presented in a fun way and before I knew it, I found myself programming. Made me totally comfortable with the language and its applications.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Superb Intro to Python

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        Comments about oreilly Introduction to Python:

        Jessica is a gifted teacher, and she presents things in an easy to follow manner. Her examples make the course more fun and engaging. This course is WELL worth the money! I hope she does a follow up course.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The best class in it's class

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          Comments about oreilly Introduction to Python:

          python.. what can i say , I've tried to learn it many times and it just didn't stick
          well now its over and it is all thanks to Jessica. she is the best teacher I've encountered thus far. The reason i use the term "teacher" is because Jessica is an actual teacher , just like my 10th grade intro to programming teacher, she [Jessica] helps you to get started with python with ease and uses a technique
          that cements the information into your brain by bringing up an "idea" as a side note and discussing it later in greater detail.

          this course will take you from knowing nothing (or bits) of python up to a point in which you're with the language and writing code confidently.
          it goes through the basic data types, writing your own functions and creating classes objects and even modules. and it does it all concisely
          in the end you even create your own scrabble cheater with python which helps reinforcing what you've learned as well as putting it into use.

          before i leave id like to thank o'reilly media who gave me this course for review free of charge and helped me to get started with python

           
          5.0

          Neat introduction to core concepts

          By Uche

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            Comments about oreilly Introduction to Python:

            A great series of videos, presented clearly and concisely, covering Python 3 programming basics. Would recommend to anyone learning how to program for the first time.

             
            5.0

            Good explanation about python basics

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              Comments about oreilly Introduction to Python:

              Its all you need to start to learn Python. Good explanation and good examples for novices.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Jessica's speaking style is perfect!

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                Comments about oreilly Introduction to Python:

                I really enjoyed watching this collection of videos, because Jessica does a great job of making everything seem so accessible. I also like that she focused on the language and not all the surrounding things (editors, terminals, etc) that many new programmers can get a bit lost on. The pacing of the videos felt perfect to follow along with.

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                5.0

                Perfect for learning python

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                  Comments about oreilly Introduction to Python:

                  Personally I found this tutorial very useful, there are 19 individual videos. Each video is one chapter so to speak and they all teach a different section. They start at the very beginning by explaining what can be done with Python right up to example program that use all the basic programming concepts, loops, conditional statements, functions, reading/writing to files , etc.

                  They are mostly around 15-20 in length so you can easily fit them in at some point and they are a good length so you concentrate through the whole video and not get easily distracted.

                  I felt the pace of the videos were just about right, the explanation of the topics were perfect for an introduction video, and I found I had enough time to type of some examples while she was going through them.

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Stuff!!!

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                    Comments about oreilly Introduction to Python:

                    I wanted to learn Python to use my new RaspberryPi and BeagleBone. I tried starting a project and using Google to bash my way through it but decided to get the basics sorted first.
                    This course is very thorough and works through the language in a very logical way. Jessica is an excellent teacher and there was enough time for me to write the code at the same time without having to pause the video. Well done!!

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Introduction to Python

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                      Comments about oreilly Introduction to Python:

                      WOWSER! Only way I can describe this video series. This is actually the first video series I've reviewed for O'Reilly and I'm glad for it. First, if you're looking for a solid introduction to Python and you have even a little programming experience, this would be the place to start. Not only does Miss McKellar have an easy, straightforward presentation style, she's put together an agenda that presents Python fundamentals in a natural order.

                      The series begins with a gentle introduction to Python, what will be covered and environment setup, and then moves straight into the fundamentals of the language. Miss McKellar begins by discussing the data types in Python, showing each capability while emphasizing the aspects of Python's loose typing and the ability to reassign values to a data type.

                      Next comes conditional logic with using for, if/elif/else statements, smartly followed by lists and looping, and wrapping up collections with a pretty slick little discussion of dictionaries. The videos are also tailored to move you toward building not one or two but FIVE separate applications that really do something.

                      As to cons, I felt the supporting online materials were a bit on the spare side and I didn't think the coverage of modules did nearly enough justice to the topic, particularly when there were so many good uses to modules if looking at Python as a true OOP. The series could have also discussed the more useful functions in the Python language. For example, instead of all the extra code to remove an item from a list by referencing its index, or using only append to put an item into the end of a list, why not simply demonstrate the code by introducing functions like mylist.pop(2) to remove the third item, or mylist.insert(0, 'a-widget') to add an item to the beginning of the list. A few missed opportunities that I don't think would have been too advanced for beginners.

                      All said, I cannot in good conscience give this anything less than my highest stamp of approval. Undoubtedly, a lot of thought went into getting viewers excited and I found myself digging into the language like no book has really yet been able to make me do. Absolutely a positive experience with this series and I look forward to perhaps reviewing more of O'Reilly's video series down the line. Happy coding!

                      Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this video series in exchange for my review. However, my opinions and views about its content are based solely on my extensive experience as a professional programmer.

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