Python Jumpstart by Building 10 Apps

Course Summary

Programming is fun and profitable. Learning to become a software developer should be equally fun! This course will teach you everything you need to know about the Python language all the while building interesting and engaging applications.

What students are saying

This is by far the best Python course I've done to date, clear explanations, good apps that incorporate the concepts of the particular session and a follow up on core concepts. The course is very engaging with a little humour which makes it much easier to dedicate time following along.

If you are looking for a easy to follow, enjoyable Python course - back the project now, get comfortable and enjoy! I don't often leave public feedback, but felt on this occasion I had to as now I'm hooked!
-- Andy

Source code and course github repository

github.com/mikeckennedy/python-jumpstart-course-demos

What's this course about and how is it different?

The goal of this online video course is to teach you the Python programming language.

It assumes you have just a small amount of programming experience (e.g. you know what a variable, a function, and a loop are in some language). But otherwise, it is a from the ground up, comprehensive introduction to the Python programming language.

Most courses focus on teaching you hundreds of details and leave putting them together as an exercise for the student. My course is different.

You will learn all the basics, yes. But you will learn them while building 10 stand alone applications. You will see each application built from the ground up in live demos. When we hit new topics (functions for example), we will pause, discuss them, and return to our application we are building.

This way you will continuously be "putting the pieces together". You don't have to wade through many small details before making sense of Python. It starts right from the beginning and grows from there.

Who is this course for?

It's for people who have some programming / scripting experience and want to improve their Python knowledge. Maybe you

  • Know JavaScript but you want to learn Python
  • Used Python casually, but you want to learn it comprehensively
  • Know part of the language well, but want rounded knowledge
  • Want to write more Pythonic code (iterators, comprehensions, etc.)
  • Are a scientist looking to use the Python data tools and need a foundation
  • Are a college student and want more than your university course offers
  • Considering becoming a software developer

If any of those descriptions fit you, then you're my target student. I wrote this course for you.

If you've been doing Python for years, maybe this isn't your course. Don't worry though. The very next set of courses I'm starting after this one will be building on this knowledge and diving into advanced areas such as web development, relational and nosql database programming, web service programming, and more.

Who am I? Why should you take my course?

Who is 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. On 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 of 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.

Free office hours keep you from getting stuck

One of the challenges of self-paced online learning is if you get stuck it can be hard to get help to get yourself 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.

What applications will we build?

We will build the following apps, which among many other things, focus on the language concepts listed under them.

  • Hello world
    - test your environment
  • Guess that number
    - user input
    - conditionals
    - string parsing
  • Birthday app
    - dates and times
  • Personal journal
    - text-based file i/o
  • Weather client
    - external packages
    - pip
    - screen scraping
    - HTTP clients
  • LOLCat Factory
    - binary files on the internet
  • Wizard battle
    - classes
    - inheritance
    - magic methods
  • File searcher app
    lambda expressions
    generator methods
    yield and yield from
  • Real estate analyzer
    - file formats
    - list comprehensions
    - generators expressions
  • Movie lookup app
    - error handling
    - exceptions
    - Advanced HTTP clients

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 first talk about the structure of classes.

Example: Concepts backed by concise visuals

The time to act is now

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Course Outline: Chapters and Lectures

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