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Introduction to Python: Absolute Beginner

Microsoft via edX

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Brand new to text-based programming? Check out this hands-on course for an in-depth look at the details of Python layers and concepts. Get ample practice drills and projects, using Jupyter Notebooks on Azure, which require only a browser and an Internet connection. Learn best practices and begin coding almost immediately.

After you explore data types and variables, take a look at strings, input, testing, and formatting. From there, learn about arguments and parameters, along with conditionals and nested conditionals. By the end of the course, you'll be able to create programs that prompt users for input and use conditional (True/False) logic and Python methods to manipulate numbers and text to provide responses to the users, in addition to requesting further input. Plus, learn basic troubleshooting for your code. Sign up, and get started coding right away!

Ready for next steps? Take the Introduction to Python: Fundamentals course.

Note: These courses will retire in June. Please enroll only if you are able to finish your coursework in time.

Taught by

Eric Camplin


3.2 rating, based on 4 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    Bad. This is NOT developed by educators, but by myopic, professional python coders.

    Get a question wrong on the self-check? You cannot find out why and correct it (basic learning/education violation #1).

    Want some context as to why people use any prompt or tool? You cannot get it (basic learning/education violation #2).

    Want to know how the practice problems are related to the video, and importance of each unit? Nope. (#3).

    Do NOT take this course if you're a beginner and simply want to get started in python. It will waste your time.
  • Anonymous
    I respectfully regret to say I found trying to take this course to be a frustrating, non-user friendly exercise. It seems necessary to use 2 browser tabs simultaneously, namely:

    * 1 for the info provided at
    * Another tab for the projects at

    There's no prompting for when to change from 1 to the other.

    This has been an inefficient, unproductive use of my time. I'm giving up and going to try some other Python course instead.
  • Arnaud Dion
    This course si intended to people whow have no prior knowledge on programming languages, software... It presents the basic knowledge on computer programming with python. It's clear and easy to follow.
  • Shadi Ghafghazi
    The course and the presentation was awesome. I need to pursue the course, so I would be really grateful if you make it available again.
    I recommend it to all beginners who want to learn python in a correct way
    Thank you very much

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