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Path overview

In this path, you’ll explore Python programming basics, from iterating through lists to writing your own functions. You’ll learn the fundamentals of Python, work with numerical and text data, make API calls to the web, and utilize object-oriented programming (OOP). Finally, you’ll learn how to use essential Python tools every developer needs to have in their developer toolkit.

Best of all, you’ll learn by doing — you’ll write code and get feedback directly in the browser. You’ll apply your skills to several guided projects involving realistic web development scenarios to build your portfolio and prepare for your next interview.

Key skills

  • Use fundamentals of programming in Python
  • Process numerical data and text data
  • Use an API to get information from the web
  • Create your own functions
  • Work with Object-Oriented Programming (OOP)
  • Use regular expressions to find patterns in text
  • Create decorators to modify functions
  • Set up your local Python environment

Path outline

Part 1: Python Fundamentals for Web Development [4 courses]

Introduction to Python Programming 10h

  • Save and update values using variables
  • Process numerical data and text data
  • Create and update lists using Python
  • Repeat a process using a for loop
  • Use logical and comparison operators to apply conditions to variables

Python Dictionaries, APIs, and Functions 10h

  • Create and update dictionaries
  • Use an API to get information from the web
  • Create your own functions
  • Complete a project using Jupyter Notebook

Intermediate Python 8h

  • Use object-oriented programming (OOP)
  • Create and use decorators
  • Write regular expressions (regex)
  • Incorporate error handling for user input validation

Tooling Essentials for Python Users 10h

  • Master essential command-line tools to navigate, manage, and manipulate files and directories.
  • Understand and implement virtual environments and environment variables to manage Python packages and configurations.
  • Gain proficiency in using Git for version control to track changes, collaborate on projects, and manage code.
  • Evaluate, select, and set up an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to enhance productivity and streamline the Python development process.

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Projects in this path

Guided Project: Build a Food Ordering App

For this project, you’ll become a restaurant owner building a Python food ordering app. You’ll use dictionaries, loops, and functions to create an interactive system for viewing menus, modifying carts, and placing orders.

Guided Project: Garden Simulator Text Based Game

For this project, you’ll step into the role of a Python game developer to create an interactive text-based “Garden Simulator” using object-oriented programming, error handling, and randomness.

Project: Selecting and Installing an Integrated Development Environment (IDE)

For this project, you’ll become a Python developer and set up your local coding environment. You’ll install an IDE like VS Code or PyCharm and Python, then create and run your first script, building essential skills for real programming tasks.

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