Python 1000: The Python Primer (2024)

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This Primer is for first-time programmers. Other students should enroll in Python 1100!
Understand Python's dynamic type-identification subsystem.
Learn how to “speak Python” by reviewing programming concepts & tool names.
Review first-time programmer concepts.
Discover how to use Python's command-line interface (CLI.)
Understand how Integrated Development Environments use "Application Chaining."
Understand common flow-charting concepts, designs & diagrams.
Created by a Principal Engineer, Principal Educator & Amazon Author!


  • No programming experience is required.
  • Microsoft Windows users often need Internet access.


After completing The Python Primer - also known as The PyQuest Primer (or simply The Primer) you will be able to program your computer; you will be able to call yourself a programmer. You will also understand what all computer programs must do, as well as how to keep self-learning many, many more topics using Python's own built-in research topics.  You will also know how to create requirement diagrams using industry-standard Flowcharts.

The Primer is also officially part of the free & open PyQuest Flash Card Project & Card Game - now available on GitHub.

Layered Learning

Never a "one size fits all" approach, our training opportunities are divided into beginner (1000), intermediate (2000), and advanced (3000 - 9000) experience levels. Rather than learning things you might not need to know - or can even learn on your own (!) - you can choose the topics that you are most interested in. 


The Python Primer

In The Primer you can learn what programming is, why we program, as well as how to get started using Modern Python. New and accomplished software developers may also enjoy discovering how to upgrade, as well as how to download + install packages from Python's free & open "Cheese Shop."

Topics such as “The three things all programs must do,” "Using the CLI," "How IDEs Work," package management and use, Flowcharting basics, and understanding the “REPL” mark The Primer  as a unique opportunity for students who have never programmed before. If you have previous programming experience then you should skip to Python 1100.

Beginners Welcome!

Written by a Principal Trainer & Principal Software Development Engineer, in order to insure mastery key topics are presented several times, as well as at ever-increasing depth. You will also be using the default cross platform programming interfaces. From Microsoft Windows and Linux to Mac  - the same code will look and work the same on all operating systems.

Whilst The Primer  is designed for students who have no programming experience, from critical-path keywords, blocks & tabs, to testing & documentation, savvy hints & tips on how to use Python in the professional world abound!

After completing the Python 1000 Series, in the Python 2000 Series you will complete keyword mastery by further exploring a large collection of activity-related topics. Sold separately, in the 1000 & 2000 series you will enjoy learning how to create Lambdas, Generators, Context Managers, Packages & Modules, Classes, Factories, Frameworks, how to create & manage Exceptions, as well as many other professional programming topics.

Community Support!

When you sign up for Python 1000, you will receive a welcome email from Udemy. Your welcome email will share links to additional free and open educational projects, support groups, as well as related educational resources.

So welcome aboard - From books on Amazon to even more opportunities to master Python, software design, software testing, project management, as well as other programming technologies here on the 'U, I am dedicated to seeing you in the professional software development world!

Who this course is for:

  • First-time software developers.
  • Students who want many certificates on their resume.
  • Learners who do not want to feel overwhelmed.
  • Self-learners needing a quick Primer to jump start independent learning.
  • Anyone wanting to start using Modern Python 3 after a single, short course.


Software Engineer & Educator
Randall Nagy
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Randall Nagy is a tenured "hands-on" manager, software development engineer, author, and designer / architect.  Mr. Nagy has served as a Principal Software Development Engineer at Informix (a major database company acquired by IBM,) Technical Section Leader at the US Army's Electronic Proving Ground (EPG/DTC) as well as the Principal Trainer for Borland Software Corporation.

Mr. Nagy's "Linked In" recommendations testify to a 30+ year track record of excellent personal communication skills, design & analysis abilities, as well as superior consulting, coding, & training results.

Though tenured, Mr. Nagy is most often described as being authoritatively technical, yet very personable & easy to get along with.

The author of over 30 on-line Udemy titles and 50+ open source projects, Mr. Nagy's hands-on experience includes topics such as C/C++, Python, MicroPython, AWS, OAuth 2.o, SO / SOA, Security, Testing, UML, Java/JEE, .NET (C# and Visual Basic), Modern COBOL, LAMP, SQL, Hadoop, PHP, HTML 5, Android, OOA/OOD, UML, DoDAF and more. Maintaining techniques in embedded engineering, Mr. Nagy has experience creating custom training for such expert-level, high-performance technologies as Modern C/C++, Apache Spark, and IBM Rhapsody.

Technically speaking, "... from the best Service-Oriented practices to embedded engineering, I maintain an extensive hands-on skill set. I have both designed and personally implemented architectures from the client to the server, well into the RFC Layer.

From writing for BYTE Magazine to books on Amazon, I have helped thousands of students master tough technical concepts. I hope you will like our training!"

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