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About the Course

This course will introduce you to the wonderful world of Python programming! We'll learn about the essential elements of programming and how to construct basic Python programs. We will cover expressions, variables, functions, logic, and conditionals, which are foundational concepts in computer programming. We will also teach you how to use Python modules, which enable you to benefit from the vast array of functionality that is already a part of the Python language. These concepts and skills will help you to begin to think like a computer programmer and to understand how to go about writing Python programs. By the end of the course, you will be able to write short Python programs that are able to accomplish real, practical tasks. This course is the foundation for building expertise in Python programming. As the first course in a specialization, it provides the necessary building blocks for you to succeed at learning to write more complex Python programs. This course uses Python 3. While many Python programs continue to use Python 2, Python 3 is the future of the Python programming language. This first course will use a Python 3 version of the CodeSkulptor development environment, which is specifically designed to help beginning programmers learn quickly. CodeSkulptor runs within any modern web browser and does not require you to install any software, allowing you to start writing and running small programs immediately. In the later courses in this specialization, we will help you to move to more sophisticated desktop development environments....

Top reviews

Jul 3, 2020

This course is such a wonder!! In spite of being an unenthusiastic Computer Science undergraduate, it was this course that cultivated the interest in me. Both the instructors were too good. Thanks :0

Apr 25, 2018

I really enjoyed this course, but I would highly recommend taking something along the lines of Codecademy prior to this one. It will help to get you versed in some of the more basic things in Python.

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By Petrov A Y

Dec 29, 2017

There are some entertaining exercises in the course. Thanks.

By Shubham B

Jun 4, 2020

This course helped me clear my basics as a college student.


Dec 30, 2020

Its a great course. The proffesor are the best. Thank you.


Nov 4, 2020

It was really helpful and is a good course for beginner's.

By chaithra k

Jun 19, 2020

Very useful course for the beginners...enjoyed this course

By Anjali G

Mar 11, 2019

This course is very good for learning Python fundamentals.

By Anushital S

Nov 14, 2017

Learnt a lot about the programming styles and conventions.

By Brandon L

Jul 10, 2019

Never thought it would be this easy to learn how to code!

By Manj W

Mar 21, 2021

Great intro. Challenging practice questions and quizes!

By Mahalakshmi

Feb 17, 2021

Awesome course which makes me as a python programmer :)

By Toni H

Jul 14, 2020

lightweight and gentle intro to python, I recommend it!

By Chintoo K

Jun 14, 2020

Good job by the Instructor and quiz were well designed.

By Umar Q

Apr 23, 2020

Very Nice course...clearing concepts with good examples

By Shawn V

Apr 19, 2020

I had an extremely enjoyable experience in this course.

By Rodrigo B M

Sep 13, 2018

This was an awesome introductory course in every sense.

By Hana K

Dec 26, 2017

very well done. they assumed correctly i knew nothing!

By Cameron L

Nov 27, 2017

This is a great course for beginners or those looking f

By Christopher M

Jan 13, 2018

Great introductory course to programming and to Python

By Ezequiel G

Aug 11, 2020

Interesting course and it was quite fun, I loved it.

By Andrey V

Apr 11, 2019

Fantastic course to start a Python Developer Career!

By Si Y L

Jan 29, 2019

Awesome Python trainings which helped me in my work!

By Travis W S

Apr 1, 2018

Really great course for learning the basics quickly!

By Sam Z

Feb 14, 2018

Hoping I will finish this specialization this month!


Sep 20, 2020

Easy to learn and very comfortable to understanding

By Laird G

Jul 16, 2020

Easy to follow, went at a good pace for a beginner