Take your first steps with Python

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Interested in learning a programming language but aren't sure where to start? Start here! Learn the basic syntax and thought processes required to build simple applications using Python.

In this learning path, you'll:

  • Write your first lines of Python code
  • Store and manipulate data to modify its type and appearance
  • Execute built-in functionality available from libraries of code
  • Add logic to your code to enable complex business functionality

Once you complete this learning path, you will have a great foundation to build upon in subsequent Python Learning Paths.

Prerequisites

None

Modules in this learning path

A quick introduction to Python, programming languages, compilation, and the process of programming.

Get started with learning Python by installing and configuring the tools you'll need to build real applications.

Get started with Python by writing code to interact with end users.

Use the if statement Boolean expressions with comparison and logic operators to express decision logic.

Use built-in features of the string class and other helper methods to control string data.

Convert user input to numeric values, and use mathematical operators to perform calculations.

Explore the Python standard library, how to add a module to your program, and how to download third-party packages.

Use the while statement and related Python code constructs to add looping logic to your programs.

Learn how to use lists to manage a collection of data. Use helper functions to manipulate the list. Use the for statement to iterate through the list.

Define functions to create encapsulated modular code that accept input and return results.