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In the capstone, students will build a series of applications to retrieve, process and visualize data using Python. The projects will involve all the elements of the specialization. In the first part of the capstone, students will do some visualizations to become familiar with the technologies in use and then will pursue their own project to visualize some other data that they have or can find. Chapters 15 and 16 from the book “Python for Everybody” will serve as the backbone for the capstone. This course covers Python 3....
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Jul 9, 2021

Now I understand how data mining, API's and dumping and retrieving data from a database works. Excellent course to start understanding how python can be used to work with data sources on the internet.


Apr 28, 2020

Now I understand how data mining, API's and dumping and retrieving data from a database works. Excellent course to start understanding how python can be used to work with data sources on the internet.

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By Nils W

Feb 28, 2019

The course per se is great but I thought it would be more hands on programming. It is more like run the code and make some little changes. The instructor grading is just strange and frustrating. Never seen such hard and unreliable grading system.

I wouldn´t recomend the course when one don´t want to finish the specialisation.

By Philip F

Jul 31, 2019

Please make the 3 assignments in someway auto-graded. The teaching staff takes entirely too long to grade assignments. I understand that there are many students so either hire more teaching staff or don't make the most important assignments for the course only gradable by actual people. Use computers for this.

By Marc A G

Oct 9, 2018

Should focus on data types and usage while allowing students do actual homework.

By Ali A

Aug 4, 2019

The course was great, but the teaching staff was so rude and mean to me.

By Hakan T

Dec 31, 2019

Horrible horrible TAs, staff was just extremely annoying and unhelpful.

By Nicolas W

Aug 3, 2019

Easy course, just follow the instructions...boring course for me.

By Chaobin Y

Apr 5, 2017

i hope to learn more how you wrote the code in class.

By Konstantinos P

Apr 22, 2016

I expected something else.

By Qian H

Jun 20, 2017


By Shim G

Aug 26, 2020

Wow, I didn't think I could do this course, but the doing part is little and the understanding is everything. I really appreciate Dr Chuck's instruction and dedication to students.

I'm auditing the classes because I cannot work right now. However, I'm amazed at how much I've learned from using Terminal, to building databases, to using frameworks like regex, urllib, & bs4, to building visualizations using email depots - using word clouds and line graphs. Who would have thought that all of that could be explained so well?

I must say that I did have to watch some videos repeatedly and build my own code along side, to understand the material. To really know the material, I do feel that building alongside Dr Chuck, and then creating your own stuff, is probably the best way to get the full worth of the knowledge. And I still have to build up my GMANE more work to be done. But I'm done with the videos, and they were all excellent!

I started Harvard's CS50w in the hopes that I could finish that and build my own web applications, but the backbone for taking that course is that you know Python already (and HTTP, HTML, CSS and Javascript).

This sequence of Python classes is EXCELLENT. I've tried many other python classes, but never really got it. Dr Chuck explains everything so well that I understood everything this time.

I've also watched the History of the Internet class (all at high speed playback). That too is BRILLIANT!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Oct 28, 2020

overall the python for everybody course is very organized and explained. there is one thing I would like to highlight and really thankful apart from gaining intermediate level of knowledge on python programming as well as some other knowledge on computer science. On instructor`s homepage, you could possibly find all the necessary learning materials, especially a pdf version of the textbook been covered by this course ,it somehow really helpful for some "oldschools" like me who try coursera for the first time ,as matter of fact I spent most of time to read through the book than watching videos. Having a hardcopy of book in hands really makes a different. Besides ,the vedios are also available on Youtube , as well as Bilibili ( a Chinese platform just like Youtube) provide the chance to watching videos from other apps that more forimilar with.

By Phuri S

Jul 21, 2021

I said to my friend that "I also find out that I love programming very much. It feel like playing complex computer game. (I realize that not everyone should learn how to code, but I think it is good to try to do something new during the pandemic.)

I also find out that coding can be view as playing problem solving game and a kind of abstract artwork, which is painted in computer instead of visual perception. In addition, programmer can do many various interesting things with computer.

I used Visual Studio Code to edit my program. It cost 0฿. I began programming with 'Python for Everybody', which is taught by D.r. Chuck.

You can watch it for free in YouTube, but you can't asked programming teachers and doing the coding assignment. The course cost approximately 1700฿ per month.".

I love this course so much.

By Fardin I A

Apr 28, 2020

The instructor is very friendly and a witty guy. His teaching skill is very much understandable and good. Even a noob can get almost get every idea that he's willing to deliver. Also it is surprising that his materials are open for all and completely free to use. That opens a broad pathway for the learners to practice and capture his course. Besides, videos outside the syllabus includes office hours introduction and conversations with legends in computer science sector such as the inventor of C++, Java, JS, Python themselves!! I actually love the courses and personally am looking forward to meeting Dr. Charles Severence in person as he is such an amazing guy!!

By AkaashGupta V

Feb 26, 2023

This course is a very good course. The course was very interactive and interesting. The assignments and quizzes were on point and had a very good check of our knowledge. The resources provided were very good and informative. The language of professor was easy to understand and he is a great teacher. Python is a very updated language and has a vast amount of usage in different fields of Computer Science. The concepts taught in this course have touched on most of the things we can use python for. I am even looking forward to taking if there is any continuation to this course by the same professor.

By Brett M

Jul 28, 2020

Wonderful course! I've learned a lot about personal data mining and python as a whole. Dr. Chuck is an outstanding teacher that keeps you engaged and wanting to learn more. The overall flow of the class is excellent, starting nice and slow, for the fundamentals, and building up to challenging yet fun projects. 10 out of 10 would recommend to anyone looking to learn about python. I also recommend doing the full Capstone portion, as it has some in-depth tutorials and fun projects to show you even more of what python has to offer as a programming language.

By Jewel H D

Nov 12, 2019

I've read some reviews that the capstone was a disappointment compared to the previous courses in this speciality. I actually like the way this was put together. I think it's great having the code and various scripts available to take a deeper look at how they interface with each other and the output from each script. Too see the dependencies and tweak the code to produce other results. It's taking the initiative, putting into it what you expect to get out to further enhance your skills in coding with Python. Great job Dr. Chuck!


Sep 11, 2020

First of all, I want to congratulate myself for completing the course (in the mid of the course I thought of giving it up) and thanks to Dr. Chuck for his amazing style of teaching. I was not having programming language background, so I needed to repeat the content of the course 3 and 4 multiple times to grasp it and It took me almost 3 months to complete the entire course "Python for Everybody". Though the entire course is well designed, OOPs would have been more elaborative. Thank you again Dr. Chuck and the entire Coursera Team!

By Joe B

Aug 6, 2018

Thanks for the low-pressure intro to Python. As a Perl programmer moving into the modern age (miss you, Perl), I needed to know the basics of Python and how to translate what I knew to this new language. Check! As a fulltime employee taking two graduate classes, I didn't have much time to create large programs from scratch. Check! While the course provided the code, the exercises required you pay attention to the lectures and "know" what to edit in the code to get it to work. A great compromise for this learning format.

By Dimitrios G

Dec 20, 2023

Great course! As an novice in python and programming in general I really enjoyed it and took a lot out of it. It is true that from the third course onwards the difficulty escalates a bit abruptly and the content is not explained as thoroughly as in the first two ones. However, it really does compensate you a lot by putting everything into a real world perspective. The instructor is incredible and to be honest I wish I had a professor like that somewhere in my Uni years. He made me think I really can learn to code.

By Vikas R

Jan 11, 2018

how will I thank to you all guy's...

I don't have the words, but from my heart a little thanks to Dr. Chuck and the entire team the teaching staff who always helping me om my every step they guide my and every step.

In the last, this is my last course of this specialization and it's time to say bye to you guy's it is something emotional to me because it is approx 1 years I am in touch to you guy's

again in the last I am thanking you to Dr. Chuck and the Coursera staff and entire teaching staff!!!

By Linjie W

Aug 23, 2017

Even though this capstone course only requests to run the codes, which means you cannot learn a lot from actual code just by doing the assignment, I still think it is a excellent course. For beginners like me, it is very intuitive to learn very basic stuff in the first courses and then be shown what kind of complex things we can do maybe in the future. When I come into some complex data analysis problems, I can always come back and check these complex codes. Thank you so much, Dr. Chuck!

By Mykhailo K

Feb 29, 2020

This is a great ending to all of Python for Everybody specialization. Prof. Severance explains the basic principles of building a search engine, which is just excellent.

Even if you don’t find opportunities to work with search engines or the point of creating your own, in this course you still can get a huge theoretical base in the field of data analysis using Python.

I think for a beginner in Python learning and programming, this is simply an incredible learning opportunity.

By Aaren G C H

May 9, 2017

I Like this course very much, as this course had enriched me with alot of knowledge, such as data mining, how to perform data cleaning that clean up the raw data to relation data and various visualization output on the interested data. Most important, I get to expose on various different technique or skill set can be done using Python.

This course is Awesome as it provide us an Awesome learning platform of learning an Awesome Programming Language. Overall It is "Awesome"

By August D

Apr 15, 2020

The course was a good survey of things you can do with python. The first two/three segments were pretty basic and similar to other resources you can find online. The third and fourth covered JSON, XML, and SQL, though you're only expected to get a general appreciation for the structure/limitations of these three and how they can be integrated with python. You'll be far from mastering the database/web connectivity aspects of it. I'm just starting the capstone project.

By Daniel B

Nov 10, 2017

The courses were presented in a professional, logical sequence, where each sequence was built off of the progress of the previous sequence. This was a wonderful experience! Dr. Severance and his staff of mentors were primarily responsible for the success and ease of reaching my goals in a learn-at-your-own-pace environment. Thank your for this valuable opportunity to observe and learn, and for opening a door to a wonderful world of possibilities!