Programmers love Python for its clean syntax, flexible data types, a wealth of useful libraries, and a powerful and elegant design that supports multiple styles of programming. That’s why it is popular for varied uses such as scripting, web development, and data science. You’ll love Python too, but you don’t need to learn “everything” about it, just how to use it efficiently to solve real problems. Best-selling author Michael Hartl gets you started writing practical and modern Python programs as fast as possible, with a focus on the real tools used every day by software developers. You’ll learn how to use Python interactively, write shell scripts in it, use Python and a web framework to make simple dynamic web applications, and use Python libraries to do data science.
Even if you’re new to programming, Hartl helps you quickly build technical sophistication as you gain a solid understanding of object-oriented and functional programming, develop and publish a Python web application with the Flask framework. Focused exercises help you internalize what matters, without wasting time on details pros don’t care about. Soon, it’ll be like you were born knowing this stuff—and you’ll be suddenly, seriously dangerous.
About the Instructor
Michael Hartl is the creator of the Python on Rails Tutorial, one of the leading introductions to web development, and is cofounder and principal author at Learn Enough. Previously, he was a physics instructor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a graduate of Harvard College, has a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, and is an alumnus of the Y Combinator entrepreneur program.
- Beginner to intermediate
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