Python for Beginners

Learn Python Programming on the Mac or PC with "Python for Beginners" Python training course.
  • Lectures 93
  • Video 5 Hours
  • Skill level all level
  • Languages English , captions
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Course Description

Python is a functional and flexible programming language that is powerful enough for experienced programmers to use, but simple enough for beginners as well. Python is a well-developed, stable and fun to use programming language that is adaptable for both small and large development projects. If you want to learn how to program or want to branch out into other programming languages, our Python for Beginners course is the right python training course for you.

Programmers love Python because of how fast and easy it is to use. Python cuts development time in half with its simple to read syntax and easy compilation feature. Debugging your programs is a breeze in Python with its built in debugger. Using Python makes programmers more productive and their programs ultimately better.

In this Python for Beginners course, Instructor Alex Bowers will teach you how to quickly write your first program in Python! You will also learn how to create custom modules and libraries. This comprehensive course covers the basics of Python as well as the more advanced aspects such as debugging and handling files. With your purchase you will gain access to all 13 chapters of this Python for Beginners course as well as labs and code files.

No other Python training course is this detailed.  Even database operations are covered in this extremely comprehensive course!

Create stable and more functional programs today with our Python for Beginners course.

What are the requirements?

  • Macintosh with OSX
  • PC With Windows Vista or Better
  • Internet Connection

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 93 lectures and 4 hours of content!
  • Understand Python Data Types
  • Correctly Execute Arithmetic Operations in Python
  • Correctly use Python Code Commenting
  • Be able to Code the Different Types of Conditional Statements available in Python
  • Understanding and Code Loop Structures Available in Python
  • Create, Sort and Modify Python Lists
  • Work with User Input
  • Understand and Use Python's Predefined String Functions
  • Create and Execute Custom Functions
  • Understand Classes and Objects
  • Use Python File Handling
  • Work with External SQL Databases
  • Work with Python Modules
  • Execute Python Debugging Strategies

What is the target audience?

  • Programmers
  • Web Developers
  • Web Designers who Want to Learn Programming
  • Students and Teachers
  • Programming Hobbiests
  • Professional IT folks
  • Database Administrators
  • Teens who want to learn a REAL programming language
  • Anyone who wants to learn to program with Python!


Section 1: Getting Started
In this video, Alex introduces the course and shows you how to download and install the tools you will need to complete the course.
In this video Alex takes you through Hello World in Python.
Hello World Code
306 B
Section 2: The Basics
In this video, Alex shows you how to declare variables and how to check their types in Python.
Getting Started with Variables Code
325 B
In this video, Alex goes over the different data types that can be used in Python.
Data Types Code
589 B
In this video Alex shows you the Arithmetic operators in Python.
In this video, Alex discusses the importance of knowing the order of operators.
In this video Alex shows you how to write comments into your code in Python.
Comments Code
336 B
In this Lecture, Alex discusses variable scope and draws a diagram to help with the concept.
1 page
Complete these lab exercises after viewing the video lectures for Chapter 2.
Section 3: Conditionals
In this video Alex shows you how to write if statements in Python and he also goes over the various comparison operators that can be used.
If Statements Code
389 B
In this video Alex goes over the 'else' statement in Python.
Else Statements Code
351 B
In this video Alex shows you how to use the 'Elif' statement in Python, which is similar to the 'elseif()' and 'else if()' functions in other languages.
Elif Statements Code
383 B
Since the Python language does not have a specific 'Switch' function, Alex shows you a simple workaround to get similar functionality.
Switch Statements Workaround Code
375 B
Inline If statements are supported by Python and in this video Alex shows you the syntax and use for an inline If statement.
Inline If Code
372 B
2 pages
Complete these lab exercises after viewing the video lectures for Chapter 3.
Section 4: Looping
In this video, Alex shows you how to set up a 'While' Statement in Python.
While Loops Code
333 B
In this video, Alex shows you how to use a 'For' Loop in your Python code.
For Loops Code
394 B
In this video, Alex shows you how to use the Try, Except and Finally methods in python to manage potential errors when executing code.
Try, Except, Finally Code
424 B
In this video, Alex demonstrates the use of 'break' and 'continue' in Python.
Break, Continue and Else Code
391 B
1 page
Complete these lab exercises after viewing the video lectures for Chapter 4.
Section 5: Lists
This video goes into more detail about Lists. Alex shows you how to specify what parts of the list you want to manipulate.
A Closer Look and Lists Code
351 B
In this video Alex shows you how to modify lists with functions like 'insert()', 'extend()', and 'remove()'.
Modifying Lists Code
379 B
In this video Alex shows you how to sort lists with a few different functions.
Sorting Lists Code
356 B
1 page
Complete these lab exercises after viewing the video lectures for Chapter 5.
Section 6: Receiving Inputs
In this video Alex shows you how to get input from the user.
'Press any key to continue' Code
376 B
In this lecture Alex shows you how to store the user input and manipulate it.
Data Input Code
389 B
1 page
Complete these lab exercises after viewing the video lectures for Chapter 6.
Section 7: Predefined String Functions
In this video Alex shows you how to handle strings in python as objects and he shows you a few functions that can be used to manipulate them.
Using Strings as Objects Code
1021 B
In this Video Alex shows you how to use the join() and split() functions to manipulate string objects in python.
Splitting and Joining Strings Code
404 B
1 page
Complete these lab exercises after viewing the video lectures for Chapter 7.
Section 8: Custom Functions
In this video Alex goes over the syntax for creating custom functions.
Syntax Overview Code
366 B
This video demonstrates how you can use parameters within your functions.
More Parameters Code
445 B
Having functions return values makes them a lot more useful and flexible and in this video, Alex shows you how to use the 'return' keyword in Python to do just that.
More on Returns Code
350 B
1 page
Complete these lab exercises after viewing the video lectures for Chapter 8.
Section 9: Classes
Classes and objects can easily become one of the more difficult concepts to grasp with many object oriented languages. This video gives you an overview of the terms and concepts that will be further explained and demonstrated throughout this chapter.
In this video Alex walks you through creating your first custom class.
Using 'Class' Code
448 B
In this video Alex shows you how to use methods by calling them through a class instance.
Using Methods Code
451 B
In this video Alex shows you how to use keyword arguments that can allow you to set different variables from instance to instance.
Using Object Data Code
468 B
Inheritance is the concept of having separate classes being able to use a set of similar methods and a set of methods specific to the class itself. In this video, Alex shows you how inheritance works within Python.
Inheritance Code
441 B
1 page
Complete these lab exercises after viewing the video lectures for Chapter 9.
Section 10: File Handling
In this lecture, Alex shows you how to open files in Python and quickly demonstrates how to read text line by line.
Opening Files Code
545 B
In this video Alex shows you how to read and write text files with Python and he also shows you how to use buffers to limit the sizes of your files.
Reading and Writing Text Files Code
4.45 MB
In this video Alex shows you how to manipulate binary files like images.
Reading and Writing Binary Files Code
2.49 MB
1 page
Complete these lab exercises after viewing the video lectures for Chapter 10.
Section 11: Database Handling

A database is a structure that's used to organize data and in Python a class called sqlite3 is used to handle database interactions.

Creating a Database Code
411 B
In this video Alex shows you how to update and insert records to your database using Python and sqlite3.
Insert and Update Records Code
401 B
In this video Alex demonstrates how to get records from your database and loop through them and he also shows various ways you can delete records in you database.
Retrieve and Delete Records Code
419 B
1 page
Complete these lab exercises after viewing the video lectures for Chapter 11.
Section 12: Modules
In this video Alex shows you a few standard libraries that come with Python like datetime, sys and os.
Using Standard Libraries Code
375 B
In this video Alex shows you how to create and use a custom module.
Creating a Module Code
487 B
1 page
Complete these lab exercises after viewing the video lectures for Chapter 12.
Section 13: Debugging
Debugging is an important skill to have as a programmer. As you develop your skills you are going to make mistakes and in this video, Alex shows you how to deal with a few of the errors that you might see in your own programs.
Dealing with Syntax Errors Code
363 B
Runtime Errors are errors that are thrown when there is a logical error in your code and can sometimes be difficult to find based on the error so in this video, Alex shows you how to deal with these types of errors.
Dealing with Errors at Runtime Code
379 B
1 page
Complete these lab exercises after viewing the video lectures for Chapter 13.
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This zip file contains the files necessary to complete the chapter 13 lab.
Section 14: Solutions
Lab Solutions

Instructor Biography

Alex Bowers , A Software Engineer from Manchester, UK

Alex Bowers started his programming career learning PHP and MySQL for a small project that he wanted to complete. Upon completion of the project, Alex was hooked, and looking to expand his knowledge of programming.

Since then, in his pursuit for knowledge, Alex started teaching others. He started teaching in 2009 on YouTube, amassing over 2,000 subscribers. Since then, he has moved on to teach Python, jQuery, Javascript, HTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL. Alex's primary expertise resides in Web Development, however he has also played his hand at Android and iOS development.

Since Alex began teaching, he has been an active member of the developer community, contributing to Open Source projects and administrating a forum at PHPacademy.

The goal for Alex is simple. To create the best content available for an affordable price, to enable thousands of others to learn what he has learnt, and to expand his own knowledge in the process. To date, Alex is certainly on track, having taught over 100,000 people on Udemy, and many more elsewhere.


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    • Matthew Kent

    Good tests, but the instructor needs more seasoning

    The course covers the basics, but needs a bit more polish. This is especially true when it comes to the topic of classes. The instructor has a decent understanding of classes, but not how they are implemented in Python. This course works well as a means of focusing your study in conjunction with reading other material, but it doesn't cover everything that is needed. That said, the end of section homework questions were very well done and I highly recommend doing them with stackoverflow and the python library open in another tab. If you keep asking "is there a method or function that does this" each time you read a homework question, you will learn a lot. A word of warning, this course is a couple years old and the instructor no longer visits the forum. That said, you should be able to Google anything you have trouble with... in fact that is the best way to learn.

    • Matt Gothers

    Pretty good course

    I have an undergrad in programming so i all ready had a very good understanding of basic data structures (loops, sorts, searches, working with diff variable types, etc). This is a great course if you want to learn the syntax and subtle differences if you say all ready know C/C++ or Java or ...showing my age here Pascal. If you have zero exp programming, I think the course will teach you that same syntax for the coding, but you may need to dig a bit deeper to make sure you understand some underlying concepts that you may normally get from a "Programming I & II" type course. I like the course, I feel I got my money's worth from taking it and I'm not yet %100 complete.

    • Kelvin Sanchez

    Almost a waste of money

    Alex Bowers, the instructor, seems to have a very basic understanding of the language of Python. It's as if he read off the man pages and then just created a mini tutorial on the subject at hand. I was greatly disappointed to also find that he makes several mistakes during the course even with the basics. During his explanation of inheritance he completely forgets how to call the parent traits which are typically overwritten by the childs. Instead of taking the time to look up what was going on he completely brushes his mistake off and never gives us, the students, the explanation we need to better understand what is going on. If I am going to pay money to take a course I would hope the instructor would take the time to review what he will be teaching and make several recordings of his lesson so that new comers will not be confused as well by his mishaps. The overall quality is decent, but definitely not worth the money unless you can get it on a sale. You can learn everything he teaches in less time and with less mistakes if you take a few minutes on Pythons official pages. I'd rather not even take the time to comment on his "labs." I was lucky to have purchased this from another site as part of a Pay What You Want bundle.

    • Ninh Tran

    Great BEGINNER's Python

    Alex scratches the surface of Python. The course is hands on with 12 labs that require basic python skills. Great class for beginners, however, does not really go deep into Python. Which is for intermediate courses for those who are interested. Again, I want to reiterate it's a good class for beginners not intermediate or advanced coders.

    • Richard Harris

    Good course

    Have been trying to learn python through books with limited success, but the clear use of videos has made the process much easier

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