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
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5.0

Ideal for those starting out in Python or programming

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    Comments about oreilly Introduction to Python:

    Am a seasoned developer and got this for my daughter who's starting programming some time ago. Recently viewed this program as a refresher and found it gave a basic, easy to understand presentation of the key aspects of programming as well as an introduction to Python. Was especially pleased that it did not get bogged down in details that would confuse a beginner nor did it skip over anything that would be relevant.

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    5.0

    Awesome introduction to know about the potential of Python

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      Comments about oreilly Introduction to Python:

      It's a nice introduction that shows the potential of Python as programming language to solve common problems. From my point of view this video is not long enough to get the basic skills needed for start Python basic programming because there are a lot of topics that cannot be covered in such amount of time. Nevertheless, I consider it a 5 stars video.
      If you doubt about learning Python this video will encourage you to start learning it once you know how much you can do with so little code.
      It's very well presented and the examples shown are useful and informative. I like the dynamic style used by the lecturer, it's engaging and it's not stressful.

       
      4.0

      At long last!

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        Comments about oreilly Introduction to Python:

        I've tried numerous times to understand OOP and I chose Python as the first language to learn. I finally understand after numerous tries. I'm a systems IT professional- data center virtualization , cloud computing, networking, SAN (NetApp) type skillsets. I've wanted to learn how to code but I always had to stay ahead of the other technologies. This is a good course, and Jessica does a great job explaining Python. I really do get it.. It will help me as I combine all my skills to join the Cyber Security fight! PRO PATRIA VIGILANS

         
        5.0

        Excellent Material for Beginner, Even Better Instructor

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          Comments about oreilly Introduction to Python:

          I'm completely new to programming, including Python, although I've been in IT for many years. This course is my break through and keeps me wanting to learn more. Jessica is an amazing instructor, can't say enough.

          Note: Coursework is located elsewhere, I've read that Codeacademy.com is a good start. I'm hoping that the next Path is as good as Jessica made this course.

          Thanks you, Jessica!

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          5.0

          Great!

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          from Canada

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            Comments about oreilly Introduction to Python:

            Jessica gives an interesting introduction to Python. The Video comes with Codeacademy practices.

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            3.0

            This is a great intro

            By todd_dsm

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            Comments about oreilly Introduction to Python:

            This one is a good opener; don't expect to go into great detail though. You do learn to cheat at Scrabble though :-)

             
            5.0

            Definitely recommended

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              Comments about oreilly Introduction to Python:

              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.

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                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.

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                  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

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