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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

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.

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

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By Laird G

Jul 16, 2020

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

By Збруев Р А

May 15, 2020

Interesting course for new students in programming

By Aditya M

Jul 21, 2018

Go for it guys, you will learn so many new things.

By Djana R

Jan 9, 2018


But there are better: Python for Everybody .

By 田飼航平

Dec 22, 2020

This is so easy to understand python programming.

By Ian M

Aug 21, 2020

Very helpful start to learn the basics of Python.

By Amol A K

May 26, 2020

Excellent course for beginning python programming

By Aditya S

Apr 13, 2019

Excellent course for beginners. Nicely explained!

By Dodson B

Sep 6, 2018

Great Introduction to Python. Well put together.

By Brandon R

Jan 5, 2021

Very good intro to Python for non Comp Sci major

By Sudheera H

Jun 13, 2020

It is a great course, I really enjoyed learning.


Dec 3, 2018

Basic fundamental concepts are covered in depth.

By Karthik G

Jan 4, 2018

Very useful and easy to learn esp. for beginners

By Paul W

Aug 4, 2020

Great for a beginner. Very detailed explanation

By Andy G

Jun 4, 2019

it is a really great class for Python beginners

By 林晉宇

Jan 10, 2019

Very good course, instructor presented it well.

By Fahad S

Nov 5, 2020

Good course for learning and practicing python

By Bryan B A

Sep 25, 2020

Very handy course to begining coding in Python

By Lakshmi P

May 24, 2020

This course is very helpful in learning python

By Shubham S

Apr 17, 2020

This course is very useful to enhance my skill

By Paola S

Mar 6, 2018

Very complete for beginners and easy to follow

By Deleted A

Sep 21, 2020

i like programming with python. it is awewome

By Conrad U

Jan 17, 2020

Great course! Love the python codeskulptor!

By Dr J T S

Jun 2, 2020

Extraordinary Course and course instructors.

By R R

Mar 18, 2018

Very good starter. Could go a little faster.