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Re: [PhillyPUG] Beginner!

From: Sherif R. F.
Sent on: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 1:51 PM
I'd highly recommend Udacity's intro CS course (which is in Python). Things are explained very systematically, and you're given a chance to apply all the concepts using mini programming problems right there in a web interface they provide. It assumes no previous programming knowledge and goes at a good pace. It's also great that you can go through chunks of arbitrary size since everything is divided into sequential 3-5 min. videos and helpful little exercises in addition to assignments.

Parts of the course can get challenging, but the nice thing is that the most challenging problems are marked with 1 or 2 "stars", so that you know before you try them. You can get by and learn quite a bit without attempting the starred problems, but they're usually not that bad really. Now, you may not find it at all challenging, but if you do, you can always try some of these other recommendations and then go back to it (though I wouldn't know how to compare it to the other recommendations - I suspect some of them will try to challenge you as well. This to me is a good thing - I don't mind getting stuck a little bit if I'm learning).

Anyway, I tried it and I really liked it, but it wasn't my first exposure to programming (I've learned a bit of C and C++ - at a beginner/intermediate level, and I code a lot in Matlab, which is quite different from other programming languages):





From: Bru <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, June 12,[masked]:53 PM
Subject: Re: [PhillyPUG] Beginner!

I'd first try a very basic and fun course, since my background is exactly like yours..
http://openbookproject.net/thinkcs/python/english3e/
interactive online pages..
http://interactivepython.org/courselib/static/thinkcspy/index.html

regards,
Bru

--- On Tue, 6/11/13, Brian Lyttle <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Brian Lyttle <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [PhillyPUG] Beginner!
To: [address removed]
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 11:00 PM

I'd recommend that you check out PyStar Philly (http://pystar.org/), and PhillyPUG project nights (http://www.meetup.com/phillypug/events/117080652/ and https://openhatch.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Python_Workshop).

-Brian


On Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM, Angel Pizarro <[address removed]> wrote:
Good on you! If you don't have a current project, then Learn Python The Hard Way (http://learnpythonthehardway.org/) will lead you through a bunch of "learn by doing example exercises" style of tutorial. 

Even if you do have a current project, it is probably a good idea to do these first just to get the basics of Python under your belt. Warning you now that it is intentionally repetitive and tedious for the impatient. Like learning an instrument, learning a language is all about repetition. 

-a


On Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 9:42 PM, Stacie Leap <[address removed]> wrote:
Hello everybody!

I probably posted in here once way back when. I am VERY new into programming. 

I taught myself HTML, CSS and a little Javascript when I was a teenager through various webpage designing social networking sites. (I am 24 now). 

It was moreso a hobby and interest of mine, now I work in the AmeriCorps program as a Digital Service Fellow providing IT and other computer/technology needs to the staff, parents, and students of the School District of Philadelphia and Communities in Schools of Philadelphia. 

I want to know more about the other programming languages and stumbled upon Python way back and this meetup. I never really invested time into it because of my hectic schedule but now I want to put more effort into learning. 

Are there any websites, books, videos, etc (preferably free or easily accessibly through the free library) where I can get a headstart?

Stacie
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Stacie Leap




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