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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....

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Jul 04, 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 26, 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 Abhishek

Jan 17, 2018

Great introductory course. All noobs who want to learn python should definitely try this.


Jul 16, 2020

Excellent explanation and project work. I recommend this course for python beginners.

By Anis Z

May 27, 2020

I want to express my satisifaction and gratitude to the instructors of this course

By Shahrin Z M Y

Mar 26, 2020

Good intro course for python. Test is much harder than the lecture and notes.

By Nguyen M D

Feb 12, 2020

Very good !!! I like joe warren from Rice University. Perfect for beginning


May 15, 2020

It's been nice experience with Coursera in python programming essentials.

By Mohamed A Y

Aug 08, 2018

Great course to take for beginners who would like to learn python, thanks

By Gustauo G

Sep 25, 2019

Very useful specially the last week in order to use imported libraries

By Anshika A

Apr 16, 2020

Some links are old, but this is a course with a nice explanation!

By Ishaan T

Jun 10, 2020

please provide reading material with more and more examples.


Jul 17, 2020

Good course, but CodeSkulptor is sometimes not satisfying

By Mark A

Mar 26, 2020

Very clear to follow and great amount of tips + guidance!

By Neyda M

Jul 05, 2019

Nice tutorials and the final project was pretty difficult

By Dr.Sudheer R

Jun 23, 2020

Smart and quick delivery of the content through videos.

By amrutha s

Jan 03, 2018

Simple and very good for a starter .Totally enjoyed it


Feb 15, 2019

A well structured course

The intro was very impressive

By Subham K

Jun 30, 2020

Good course the project took a little bit of time


Nov 25, 2017

Good! python introduction course for beginners

By Akshat M

May 17, 2018

It was a good course. Good for beginners.

By Om G

Jul 11, 2020

This course is absolutely for beginners.

By Chandrashekaran R

Jun 06, 2018

Clear and useful introduction to Python!

By Soumyajit P

Aug 02, 2020

This course is great for the beginner.

By P P

Dec 25, 2018

very goo course for python beginners

By Eng/Mahmoud H M

Apr 13, 2020

good course for beginners in python

By Gurusiddayya H

May 11, 2020

nice and tricky course as on date