September 22, 2023

Elevate your Web Development Skills with Intermediate Python


Ever found yourself stuck in the beginner's loop in Python? You know, that phase where you've learned the basics, but advancing to the next level seems like climbing Everest? We've all been there, and that's precisely why we're thrilled to introduce our new course: Intermediate Python for Web Development. This course is your golden ticket out of the beginner's loop and into the realm of more advanced, more rewarding web development tasks.

The Challenge: Breaking the Beginner's Barrier

Before we dive into the details, let's address the elephant in the room: The Beginner's Barrier. You're comfortable with Python syntax, and you've built a few simple programs (maybe by following along with a Dataquest guided project). But now what? You're not a beginner anymore, but you're not quite an expert either. It's like being stuck in limbo.

Why is this a Problem?

  • Lack of Specialized Skills: Employers are looking for more than just a basic understanding of Python. They want developers who can solve complex problems.
  • Limited Career Growth: Without the ability to take on more challenging projects, you'll find your career plateauing.

The Solution: Mastering Specialized Python Skills

Our new course, Intermediate Python for Web Development, aims to equip you with the advanced Python skills you need to break the beginner's barrier and elevate your web development journey.

Taking a course is one thing, but actually applying what you've learned is another. Wouldn't you love to gain practical experience while you're still learning? That's exactly what we've tailored for you in our new course. Here's how each skill is broken down and applied in a real-world scenario:

Object-Oriented Programming (OOP)


This foundational module consists of two lessons that will take you through the intricacies of OOP in Python, covering everything from classes and objects to inheritance and polymorphism.
Object-oriented programming principle of inheritance. Subclasses contribute additional information to the parent class.


OOP allows for code reusability and can make your web applications more modular and easier to maintain.


  1. Basic OOP Lesson: Here, you'll create animals in a virtual zoo, starting with an Elephant class. The attributes you'll define could include trunk length, and the methods could be actions like eat.
  2. Intermediate OOP Lesson: Building on the basics, this focuses on advanced features of OOP, allowing you to add more complex behaviors to your virtual animals that can extend across multiple classes.

Python Decorators


Learn how to modify the behavior of functions and classes without altering their code.
python logo and @decorators


Decorators can make your code more Pythonic and can be incredibly powerful when used in web development frameworks like Flask and Django.


In this lesson, you'll act as a developer to build logging decorators and timer decorators for a fictional smart home system (like Google Home or Alexa) to help you understand how to make the smart home system software more efficient and user-friendly.

Regular Expressions (Regex) and Error Handling


This section will give you a foundational understanding of regular expressions and an overview of error handling, helping you master text manipulation and input validation.
Regex pattern broken down into components.


Regex and error handling are crucial for ensuring the data you collect through web forms is clean and formatted correctly.


You'll play the role of a developer for a fictional ecommerce store. Your task will be to validate email addresses and phone numbers on the checkout page. This skill is highly applicable to real-world web development, especially in e-commerce settings where incorrect data can lead to lost sales or poor customer experiences.

Python Skills and Popular Web Development Frameworks

Why Python Skills are the Building Blocks for Web Frameworks

You might be wondering, "Why are these Python skills so crucial for web development?" Good question! Understanding Object-Oriented Programming (OOP), decorators, and regular expressions (regex) provides you with a strong Python foundation, which is essential for mastering popular web development frameworks like Django and Flask.
Django and Flask logos


  • OOP: Django is built around the concept of reusable apps, which is where your OOP skills come into play. Understanding classes and objects helps you grasp Django's model-view-template (MVT) architecture.
  • Decorators: In Django, you'll often use decorators to extend the functionalities of views and models. For instance, the @login_required decorator is a quick way to restrict access to authenticated users.
  • Regex: URL routing in Django often involves regex to create dynamic URL patterns. Mastery of regular expressions will enable you to design more flexible and user-friendly URLs.


  • OOP: Like Django, Flask also benefits from an OOP approach. Your understanding of classes and objects will make it easier to build modular applications using Flask's Blueprint feature.
  • Decorators: Flask uses decorators extensively for route handling. Knowing how to create and use decorators will streamline your development process in Flask.
  • Regex: While Flask's routing system is a bit simpler than Django's, a good grasp of regex can still help you create more complex and dynamic routes.

How Our Course Prepares You

Our Intermediate Python for Web Development course not only equips you with these specialized Python skills but also prepares you for working with these popular web development frameworks. Each lesson is designed to give you hands-on experience that is directly applicable to real-world projects, whether you're using Django, Flask, or Pyramid.

Addressing Your Worries: Tackling Challenging Topics in Python

Why It's Okay to Be Concerned

We get it—learning new, complex topics like Object-Oriented Programming (OOP), decorators, and regular expressions (regex) can seem intimidating. You might even ask, "What's the point?" or wonder if you'll ever crack the 'secret language' of regex. These concerns are natural, and you're not alone. In fact, our course author had similar reservations when learning these topics.

You're Not Alone in This Journey

The course author's own story is a testament to the challenges and the triumphs in learning this material. Here's a quote that encapsulates their experience:

"OOP seemed so daunting that I actually paused my Python learning journey for a few months when I tried to tackle it the first time. But when I came back to it and finally understood the concepts, it was like unlocking a new level in Python. The same went for decorators and regex. Each milestone felt like deciphering a secret language, and now I want to share these 'keys' with you."
— Course Author

Our Support System

We've designed the course to address these very concerns:

  • Community Support: Whenever you feel stuck, our community is here to help you.
  • Personalized Feedback: Our platform provides instant feedback, so you'll know immediately if you're on the right track.

Why Choose This Course?

Growing Demand for Python Web Developers

With the ever-increasing reliance on web technologies, Python web developers are in high demand. In fact, Python has steadily climbed to become one of the most popular programming languages.

Career Advancement and Salary Boost

Mastering these advanced Python skills not only opens the door to new job opportunities but also significantly boosts your earning potential.

Dataquest's Unique Approach

  • Interactive Learning: Our courses are built around interactive coding challenges that ensure you learn by doing.
  • Learn Efficiently: Our curated content ensures you learn exactly what you need to achieve your web development goals.
  • Build your project portfolio: The course wraps up with a Guided Project where you'll create a text-based game to manage a garden. This project is designed to incorporate all the key skills you've acquired — OOP, decorators, regex, and error handling. And because it's "guided," you won't feel overwhelmed; you'll receive step-by-step instructions and support, and even have the opportunity to share your project and get feedback from the Dataquest community.

Next Steps: How to Enroll

Ready to unlock the next level of your web development career? Here's how to get started:

  1. Visit the Course Page: Head over to our Intermediate Python for Web Development course page to learn more and enroll.
  2. Join the Community: Get involved in our online forums and start networking with other aspiring web developers.
  3. Dive In: Once you're enrolled, dive into the course materials and start your journey towards becoming an advanced Python web developer.


Don't let the beginner's barrier hold you back any longer. With our Intermediate Python for Web Development course, you'll acquire the specialized skills you need to excel in your web development career. So what are you waiting for? Take the plunge and unlock your full potential today.

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Anna Strahl

About the author

Anna Strahl

A former math teacher of 8 years, Anna always had a passion for learning and exploring new things. On weekends, you'll often find her performing improv or playing chess.