About this project
- [Met] $1,750 Funded, thank you!
- [Met] $4,500 Build the platform, thank you!
- [Met] $6,500 Hire a pro video editor, thank you!
- [Met] $7,500 Add transcripts for each video, thank you!
- [met] $17,500 Work 100% time on course production, thank you everyone! I'm working hard on producing the recordings and getting them into shape for you.
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
- 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 am writing 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?
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.
You'll learn like real programmers learn
Real programmers don't sit down and learn hundreds of details and then try to apply them. We learn a little, apply it, learn a little more, apply and experiment again, and around it goes for our whole careers.
This course is like that. We'll work on an app. Hit a new concept. Pause to learn it. Immediately return to apply it, iterating many times over 10 distinct applications. Each small step is straightforward, concrete, and relevant. Yet, in the end, you'll have learn the language comprehensively.
What applications will we build?
We will build the following apps, which among many other things, focus on the language concepts listed under them.
- test your environment
Guess that number
- user input
- string parsing
- dates and times
- text-based file i/o
- external packages
- screen scraping
- HTTP clients
LOL Cats Factory
- binary files on the internet
- magic methods
Real estate analyzer
- file formats
- list comprehensions
- generators expressions
Movie lookup app
- error handling
- Advanced HTTP clients
Will I still learn the basics?
You may be wondering, if we just build a bunch of apps, will you learn everything you'd expect to learn in a "regular" point-by-point language course? The answer is yes!
Actually there is so much to list, I put it in the very end of this page.
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.
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Not only will you get an excellent course. You'll get the course at roughly 50% off the retail price and you'll get the satisfaction of helping build a powerful resource for the Python community.
I have a range of rewards to choose from. You can pay $29 to own the course, $39 for early access, and even more fun and, well rewarding, ones to pick from.
Check them out and help me bring this course to life.
Detailed topics you'll learn in this course
- Installing Python
- Python 2 vs 3
- Coding for Python 2 AND 3
- PyCharm, Sublime text and IDEs
- Verify Python environment
- Console input / output
- Basic syntax
- Code blocks
- String concatenation
- String formatting
- String searching
- String parsing
- Accepting input from users
- Boolean statements
- while loops
- for-in loops
- if / else if
- Complex conditionals
- Type conversion
- Defining functions independent of order (in files)
- Dates, time, and timespans
- Structuring your program into multiple files
- Live templates in editors
- File I/O
- Text and Binary files
- File / folder name management
- Path operations
- OS Independent file operations
- CSV file format
- __name__ descriptor
- doc strings
- External packages and libraries
- Python Package Index (PyPI)
- HTTP clients
- requests package
- screen scraping
- Beautiful Soup
- tuples and named tuples
- Classes Inheritance
- Magic methods
- Initializers and Initializer chaining
- str magic method
- repr magic method
- Attributes / fields
- Duck typing
- List comprehensions
- Query syntax
- Generator expressions
- Processing large data sets with generators
- Error handling
- try / except blocks
- Multiple exceptions in a single block
- Differentiating errors on type
- Writing reliable code
- Raising errors
Risks and challenges
I do not see many risks to this project.
I have created several comprehensive Python courses for other companies (where I was employed at the time). I have the materials planned out. I have made arrangements to spend 95% of my time on this project until it is a complete, high quality course.
The real unknowns are simply around scheduling and time. Maybe I expect this course to take 4 weeks to create and it takes 6. But these are quite minor and don't put the project or delivery at risk.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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