Python for Entrepreneurs
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What's this course about and how is it different?
Many courses will teach you about the technology involved in building a web application. Fewer courses will teach you what it actually takes to launch that product as an operating online business. Python for Entrepreneurs is here to teach you both how to build your website and everything needed to make it a functioning online business.
The overriding goal of this course is to dramatically shorten your time from idea to minimum viable product (MVP) to running in production and accepting online payments from months to weeks or even a couple weeks in some cases.
When building an online product or web app, it's easy to focus deeply on the product, the market fit, design, and these types of things. When you finally have it finished enough to launch your first version, you'll find yourself hit with a wave of many unfamiliar technical tasks before you can actually go live:
- Accepting credit cards in a compliant manner
- Storing user accounts in a 'hacker-safe' format to keep your product out of the headlines
- Sending outbound email (e.g. as a user makes a purchase or resets their password)
- Collecting users' email for outbound email marketing (mailing lists)
- Domain registration and configuration
- SSL certificates and configuration
- Error logging and monitoring in production
- Deploying to cloud servers
- Configuring your cloud servers for scale
- Testing your website performance and making it faster
- Getting help via part time contractors so you can focus on product and growth
- And so much more
You will learn all of these in this course: How to build a data-driven web app and launch it successfully.
Once you launch, you'll need to turn your focus to areas that, as a technical person, you probably have little experience with. So we will also cover
- Capturing and engaging users
- SEO basics
- Growth hacking basics
- Showcasing your products
View the full course outline.
You will learn to build and design your web app
This course will teach you how to build a data-driven web application in Python. We will:
- Build our web app with the Pyramid web framework, "the Python web framework that supports your decisions, by artisans for artisans."
- Create and connect to our database using SQLAlchemy, the most popular data access layer in Python
- Learn the core elements of web design including CSS and front-end frameworks such as Bootstrap.
What app will we build and explore?
We will start from absolute scratch: a new, blank web app. From there we will build the ecommerce site for my and your favorite fictional, tech-based rock band "Blue Yellow Rockets".
Here's a picture of the web application we'll build during the course.
A few things to note right from this screenshot:
- The design is catchy and feels pretty modern
- It has account management (via sign in / register)
- Credit card and ecommerce capabilities under the albums nav link
- Mailing list / subscription support via 'get notified' field
And that's just above the fold. It has all the features we've discussed so far and much more.
What is covered in depth
Estimated length: 15 hours
Average length of chapter: 45 minutes
Lectures per chapter: **5-10 video lectures
Chapters: See course outline below
Who is this course for?
The ideal student for this course is someone who knows a little (or a lot) of programming and wants to launch an online business based around a non-trivial product.
For example, if you have always spent your time in middle-tier programming at a big company and you want to break out of that mold to launch a competitor to AirBnB, then you found the right place to start. That would be a huge challenge, of course, but it gives you the idea of who we have in mind.
If you don't know Python, consider taking my Python Jumpstart by Building 10 Apps course first.
If you don't know any programming at all, you'll want to take a primer first. We recommend you take the free MIT course Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python. Once you've learned the core computer science ideas you'll be ready to dive deeper into Python with my two courses (jumpstart course and entrepreneurs course).
Keep in mind, this journey you are starting is not necessarily (or even recommended to be) a leap before you look experience. You don't have to quit your job, build an MVP, and see if the market or VC community wants it. Even if you just want to build something small as a side business first, this course would be perfect for you.
A premise of this course is that you want build something special. While many web apps can be constructed from a wordpress instance and a bunch of plugins plus a premium theme, you won't really control that application.
You will need to make the changes and tweaks to create a truly custom web app that can adapt as you get customer feedback after launch or to new business models. We want you to have an application that you can build upon for a long time to come. This means you need a custom app and Python is one of the very best choices for this.
Pick and choose how you take this course
We understand everyone comes with a different background and might need something different to succeed. Remember, the overriding goal is to get you from where you are to launch as fast as possible. Towards that end:
This course is designed for random access.
Let's say you already know Python web apps, but don't know much about front-end design or accepting credit cards. That's fine, save the time, skip the web and database sections, just go from intro to web design basics to the credit card section.
Already know web design but need the Python web exposure? Perfect: jump right into the Pyramid and Python parts.
What if I use Flask or Django or even another tech?
If you use another web framework such as Flask or Django, don't worry. Almost everything we cover outside of explicitly covering Pyramid itself will be very relevant to you.
For example, we'll use Stripe Checkout for credit cards. This is basically the same across all three frameworks. We'll use Mailchimp for mailing lists and email marketing. Again, it's "pip install mailchimp" and carry on the same way across all three frameworks, etc.
Concepts backed by concise visuals
While building apps and learning as you go is engaging, it can be hard to fully introduce a topic in that format. That's why when we hit a new topic, we stop and discuss it with concise and clear visuals.
Here's an example for when we will start working with Stripe and credit card processing.
Backed by real experience and success
Michael and Matt have built a number of online web applications and launched them to varying degrees of success.
The Talk Python To Me podcast has over 17 million downloads and sponsorships are sold out through 6 month in advance. The courses are popular and continue to attract new and returning students. You will get a deep look inside these two web apps. During the course, you'll see the internals, including source code, of how these apps work and some of the growth hacking techniques Michael has used to make them successful.
Matt's Full Stack Python (open source) project has helped over a million readers learn programming, web development and application deployment since it launched in December 2012. Today, over 75,000 people per month read Full Stack Python and contribute back to the project by submitting pull requests and opening issues on GitHub.
And, of course, we've both tried a number of ventures that failed too.
As much as possible, we will bring this experience to this course. We want to help you learn from what has worked for me and what hasn't.
Follow along with subtitles and transcripts
Each course comes with subtitles and full transcripts. The transcripts are available as a separate searchable page for each lecture. They also are available in course-wide search results to help you find just the right lecture.
Who we are and why should you take our course?
Meet Michael Kennedy:
My name is Michael, nice to meet you. ;) There are a couple of reasons I'm especially qualified to teach you Python.
1. I'm the host of the #1 podcast on Python called Talk Python To Me. Over there, I've interviewed many of the leaders and creators in the Python community. I bring that perspective to all the courses I create.
2. I've been a professional software trainer for over 10 years. I have taught literally thousands of professional developers in hundreds of courses throughout the world.
3. Students have loved my courses. Here are just a few quotes from past students of mine.
"Michael is super knowledgeable, loves his craft, and he conveys it all well. I would highly recommend his training class anytime." - Robert F.
"Michael is simply an outstanding instructor." - Kevin R.
"Michael was an encyclopedia for the deep inner workings of Python. Very impressive." - Neal L.
Meet Matt Makai:
Hey there, my name is Matt Makai, thanks for considering my course! I'm stoked to teach this course for several reasons:
I've been a professional software developer for over 15 years which has shown me how rewarding and empowering it is to create software for your own purposes.
In 2012 I started Full Stack Python as a side project to help junior developers on my team learn how to build web applications with the Python programming language. This course is a natural extension of what is provided on Full Stack Python, with step-by-step instructions so anyone can build their own application even without prior programming experience.
As part of the Twilio Developer Network, it's my goal to inspire and equip fellow software developers. Even if you don't consider yourself a developer, it's absolutely possible to build what you want if you're willing to take some of your own inspiration and put it into learning from hands-on videos that equip you to code.
Free office hours keep you from getting stuck
One of the challenges of self-paced online learning is getting stuck. It can be hard to get the help you need to get unstuck.
That's why at Talk Python Training, we offer live, online office hours. You drop in and join a group of fellow students to chat about your course progress and see solutions via screen sharing.
Just visit your account page to see the upcoming office hour schedule.
Is this course based on Python 3 or Python 2?
This course is based upon Python 3.7. Python 2 now unsupported in 2020, we believe that it would be ill-advised to teach or learn Python 2. Moreover, the latest async features are only available in Python 3.5 or above.
The time to act is now
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