Python for Absolute Beginners Transcripts
Chapter: Welcome to the course
Lecture: Student prerequisite knowledge

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0:00 You should have a pretty good sense of what the prerequisite expectations are what we expect you to know as a student.
0:07 But let's just call them out really quickly here so you can be sure that you're in the right place.
0:12 First of all, there is no programming experience required. Meaning, I'd say most programming courses out there
0:18 expect that you have some programming experience and they just build on that right? You already know how to program in Python
0:24 so we're going to build a website in it. Or you already know how to do this in JavaScript so we're going to build this interactive web thing with it.
0:31 This course is not like that. We assume that you know nothing about programming we're going to take it nice and slow and make sure
0:37 we set the right foundations for you so you can be successful with programming and with Python. Obviously if there's no programming experience
0:44 you also don't need to know Python. So don't worry, if it's totally new to you it's an exciting place to be but you don't have to
0:50 know anything about it. So, that's fine. You do need a desire to learn basic programming skills
0:57 and of course we're going to learn those skills in Python but that would be translatable to other things. So are you looking to gain this superpower
1:04 that I mentioned at the beginning? You should, because it will put you head and shoulders above all the other folks
1:09 doing whatever it is that you care about. So hopefully, you're excited to learn programming we're going to start with the basics and get that in place
1:17 throughout this course. However, you do need to be quote "good with computers" whatever the heck that means.
1:23 I would say, basically, you need to be able to type not necessarily super fast but typing is how you
1:29 speak to the computer, how you create these programs and if typing is a challenge then this course is going to be super frustrating, right?
1:36 Programming in general is going to be very frustrating because all you do is type to the computer all day.
1:40 You'll hear a lot of professional programmers speaking poorly of things like user interfaces
1:45 and mice, and all they do is use the keyboard all the time. You can take that a little bit too far but certainly typing is important.
1:51 Also, operating a computer just in the sense of configuring things and installing stuff and so on. You may have to set up Python
1:58 or have to set up some other tools and editors and you just need to be able to work with a computer pretty decently.
2:04 So, I expect most people out there have this but I just want to put it out there like really this is the expectation that we have
2:10 is that you are quote "good with computers".

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