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Coding 101: Python for Beginners

via Skillshare


What You’ll Learn

You’ll learn the fundamentals of code using Python. However, unlike most coding courses, this class doesn’t give you an exhaustive list of minutiae; instead, you learn just enough to start using code. The goal is for you to finish the class with (a) a set of nifty tools, (b) the ability to write more nifty tools, and (c) the recognition of code’s value in automating day-to-day functions. You’ll cover the following concepts throughout the course:

  • Data types, expressions, variables
  • Functions
  • Objects
  • Control Logic

What You'll Build

Along the way, you’ll create a set of tools to demonstrate these concepts:

  • Email List Reformatter
  • Temperature Report
  • Umbrella Recommender
  • Password Strength Checker
  • Days Until your Birthday
  • Secret Messages

The class is designed for anyone with little to no knowledge of coding. No prerequisite knowledge is required. All you need is a laptop, internet, and an hour of time.

Exclusive Resources

The class will include links to exclusive resources including the following:

  • All 6 completed nifty tools
  • 70+ practice problems with solution walkthroughs (an hour of bonus content!)
  • Extra 27 practice problems with full working solutions
  • Downloadable slides, with access to all updated versions in the future
  • Links for further reading

Want to learn more?

Interested in creative coding? Check out my VR 101 (AFrame Nature Scenes) class.

Interested in data science or machine learning? Check out my SQL 101 (Database Design), Data 101 (Analytics), or Computer Vision 101 (Applied ML) classes.

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Acknowledgements: This course roughly follows UC Berkeley’s introductory computer science textbook: B-roll used in introductory video CC-0 licensed by Pexels.


  • Introduction
  • Project: Build a Nifty Tool
  • Variables, Data Types, Expressions
  • (Bonus) Guided Exercises for Variables etc.
  • Collections
  • (Bonus) Guided Exercises for Collections
  • Using Functions: Email List Reformatter
  • (Bonus) Guided Exercises for Using Functions
  • Defining Functions: Temperature Report
  • (Bonus) Guided Exercises for Defining Functions
  • If, While: Umbrella Assistant
  • (Bonus) Guided Exercises for If, While
  • For Loop: Password Strength Checker
  • (Bonus) Guided Exercises for For Loops
  • Using Objects: Birthday Countdown
  • Sample Project: Secret Messages
  • Conclusion

Taught by

Alvin Wan

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