Python is a wonderful language to learn. When I first had to teach Python, I found programming to be fun in a way it hadn’t been before.
Since the syntax is more friendly and understandable, it makes it easier to learn core programming concepts.
Quick note: There seem to be two different approaches to learning / using Python
- Using the Python language in a classical programming manner. This is my approach since my goal is to teach introductory students programming concepts.
- Using a Pythonic approach where really cool features of the language are utilized to achieve some elegant feats in a few short lines. This approach is great as well but I am less familiar with.
Resources to learn Python
I used to recommend this often when it was free, but now they charge so I would try a free one.
Some of the tutorials have interactive places where you can write python code which is great. Eventually, though, you’ll probably want to code locally on your computer. I recommend using an IDE (visual) program for beginners and avoiding the “command” line approach. For instructions on how to set that up, I included a PDF I created for my class.
Feel free to comment with any other recommendations.Python and Pycharm Installation