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Programming language: 5 Python courses for beginners

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Learning python can open the door to web development or data science, to name a few.


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You’ve probably heard of python, a programming language that is used in many application domains around the world. It’s growing steam, warranting the question: Should I enrol in python courses?

Python.org notes that python can be easy to learn, whether you’re a first-time programmer or are experienced with other programming languages. Interestingly, the name python comes from an old BBC sketch comedy series called Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

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This high-level programming language is highly scalable, easy to use and can interact with databases and other servers, making it unsurprising why many companies around the world run on it.

CodingNomad notes: “Python is an open-sourced language, and in recent years has increased in popularity due to its use in data science. Python also has a strong community around machine learning, data modeling, data analysis, and artificial intelligence (AI), with extensive resources and libraries built for these purposes.”

According to the Python Developers Survey 2020 by Python Software Foundation and JetBrains, respondents said they use python for a variety of purposes, including for web development, data analysis, or ML, to name a few. Respondents’ favourite features about python include being easy to learn and write.

More than 28,000 Python developers and enthusiasts from almost 200 countries/regions took the survey.

Python courses for beginners 

If you’re eager to open the door to new career possibilities, here are some beginner-friendly python courses to consider enrolling in:

Python Institute

According to its website, the PCEP – Certified Entry-Level Python Programmer Certification is a professional credential that measures your ability to accomplish coding tasks related to the essentials of programming in the Python language. 

The course will teach you the fundamentals of computer programming and basic methods of formatting and outputting data offered by Python, among other things. 

There are no prerequisites. 

Cost: US$59

Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python)

Offered on Coursera, this course aims to teach everyone the basics of programming computers using Python. 

There are no prerequisites while the course only uses the simplest mathematics.

It covers the basics of how one constructs a programme from a series of simple instructions in Python; anyone with moderate computer experience can master the materials in this course. 

Upon completion, students will be ready to take more advanced programming courses. This course covers Python 3.

Cost: Free

Python Engineering

This Python course by CodingNomads is designed for beginners as well as coders who are new to Python.

Upon completion, students will have learned to read and write complex Python algorithms and applications that consume, analyse and store data using APIs and SQL; model, build and maintain relational databases; and automate repetitive tasks and optimise workflows, to name a few.

Cost: Varies, depending on the package enrolled

Python Basics for Data Science

This course on edX provides a beginner-friendly introduction to Python for data science and takes about five weeks to complete.

“Upon its completion, you’ll be able to write your own Python scripts and perform basic hands-on data analysis using our Jupyter-based lab environment. If you want to learn Python from scratch, this course is for you,” it notes.

Cost: Free 

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The Python Bible | Everything You Need to Program in Python

Available on Udemy, this highly rated Python course will help you gain a solid understanding of Python, create your own custom Python functions to simplify your code and gain the Python skills necessary to learn in-demand topics such as data science, web development, AI, and more; to name a few.

This course is ideal for those who want to learn Python fundamentals to later transition into more specialised fields like data science or web development.

Cost: US$89.99

At the end of the day, these python courses can open the door for you to move on to more advanced programmes and carve yourself a new career.