Learning Python in 7,832 easy steps…

By | 2017-11-21

So I’m also trying to learn a bit about programming & I’ve decided to start with Python.  I did some Java back in college and I can do a little powershell scripting, but I’m basically starting from scratch.  Here’s the list of things I’ve done so far, ranked by efficacy:

  1. Coursera’s Programming for Everybody (Python) class.  This is hands down the best MOOC I found out there, it gives you a great basic-to-intermediate overview of programming.
  2. Codeacademy’s Python track – this is a good follow up to #1 as some of the lessons bounce around a bit.
  3. Al Sweigart has published a lot of really good beginner material on his website Invent with Python.
  4. Beginner books that I’ve been reading
    1. Invent your Own Computer Games with Python by Al Sweigart 
    2. Python Crash Course by Eric Matthes
    3. Programming by Head First Labs – this is a basic programming class that starts with the fundamentals.  It’s taught using Python 3 (which is why I got it) but it’s definitely for beginners and not a “I know how to program just teach me Python” book.
  5. Intermediate books
    1. Python Playground: Geeky Projects for the Curious Programmer by Mahesh Venkitachalam – very fun projects (especially if you have a Pi or Arduino!) of varying degrees of difficulty
    2. Python Network Programming Cookbook – this is a book of programs to help you if you spend your days not only programming but also working with network related tasks & issues.
  6. PythonProgramming.Net is another great site, and I’m doing the Python controlled robot project.  I’ve got the GoPiGo up and running using keyboard controls (WASD), now I need to:
    1. Set the camera up for remote viewing
    2. Connect the nerf rocket launcher
    3. Automate the GoPiGo so that it has a “Patrol Mode”
    4. Start playing with the facial recognition stuff

Before:

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After!

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PEWPEW!

 

If you have any other “must have” recommendations for learning programming in general or Python in specific let me know in the comments 🙂

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