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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Programming Languages
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
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  • Duration 7 weeks long

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This course will introduce the core data structures of the Python programming language. We will move past the basics of procedural programming and explore how we can use the Python built-in data structures such as lists, dictionaries, and tuples to perform increasingly complex data analysis. This course will cover Chapters 6-10 of the textbook “Python for Everybody”. This course covers Python 3.

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Charles Severance

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4.9 Based on 2395 reviews

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Brandt P
4.0 2 years ago
by Brandt completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
This is the second course in the Python for Everybody specialization, and corresponds to the second half of the previous course of the same name. As with the first course (Getting Started with Python), I found Dr. Chuck's thorough approach to the material to be likely to be very approachable for a beginning programmer. I have some experience with Python, including the previous course and a course in the Genomic Data Science specialization, and I have a fair amount more experience programming using R, so I found this course very easy.

The course introduces the common data structu…
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Let's be realistic with yourself in finding and completing a MOOC. There are probably less than 10 courses on this subject that are worth taking because it has all the material you are looking to use in your job. However, there are fewer still that not only explain all the material you're looking for, yet also make it interesting. Then there are the 1% of courses that have all the material you need, is interesting and challenges you in the exercises. All too often, you'll see a MOOC that is easy to digest but the exercises are too theoretical and/or laughably easy. This course won't let you down with exercises that don't apply to what you'd really use in real life. This is clearly the best course on the subject for the beginner programmer. Really. It's seriously the best on the internet today.
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Anonymous
3.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Dr. Chuck is great and I really wanted to give this course four stars but I felt that with the content's importance (lists, dictionaries, tuples, et al) as part of the fundamental foundations of programming going forward (along with algorithms via the previous course) that it should go into greater explanation depth and include more examples.

With Data Structures you're dealing with more moving parts and it took awhile for the 'a-ha' to click with re-watching the videos, going through the Informatics textbook, external research and readings. Even now, I would like more practice w…
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Raymond J
5.0 2 years ago
Raymond completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The approach that Dr Chuck takes to teaching Python has been the best experience when trying to learn a computer language. Everything he uses are building blocks to other very relevant areas. His book and lectures are very relevant. I have been analyzing data and building business intelligence solutions for years but I always wanted to learn data analysis with Python. The examples in Dr Chuck's course may seem trivial due to the file examples being used but the process is very relevant for other meaningful exercises. Also, I have to commend the instructor for his great sense of humor and ability to stay on topic. Finally the best thing about this course is that he will demonstrate WHY code will fail and how to debug. In other courses, I had to drop because the lecturer was giving only power point presentations without even going into an IDE to write code. I really look forward to completing the other sections.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is the second course in the Python for Everybody specialization. The course is really structured for beginning programmers, but programmers experienced in other languages will find it useful as well.

Dr. Severance (Dr. Chuck) does an excellent job of making the concepts clear and understandable. The exercises included in the course are somewhat limited, however. I strongly recommend using outside activities (Dr. Chuck provides a few sources) to reinforce basic syntax and methods, as you will be using them often.

Dr. Chuck has an unusual sense of humor, but I think most students will enjoy it as I have.

Overall, the previous course together with this one serve as an exceptional introduction to the Python language. I commend Dr. Severance for placing them online.
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Frederick N
5.0 2 years ago
by Frederick completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I found the course and teaching method very comprehensible for a beginner (like me) and other interested students. I have learned quite much within a short time, though needed to persist and allocate learning time. I am beginning to fill confident in working my way around with python and using recommended tools (notepad++, python, snipping, using interactive python through cmd prompt), after series of writing, testing and correcting my codes prior to submitting my course assignments. In conclusion, I am feeling confident and will continue to build this confidence by taking upcoming courses. Thank you Dr Charles Severance for such inspiring and comprehensive lesson. I look forward to continuous learning in up-coming courses, and an opportunity to meet!
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Andrea R
1.0 a year ago
by Andrea completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is the second course in the Python for Everybody specialization. The course introduces the data structures in python giving clear explanations and making a great job at selecting the most useful ones so that it is easy to later build knowledge on top of them.

One thing I like to highlight, the examples and the excercises are very meaningful and well structured along the course, so that, in the end, complex results are achieved gradually.

I believe that, for mastering the content, some part of the material might need to be reinforced with additional excercise; ref…
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Johnny L
5.0 2 years ago
by Johnny completed this course, spending 20 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course is so fantastic that I am a beginner with no prior programming and Python knowledge who can follow easily and learn things effectively. This course lays a very good foundation to Python basics. Dr Chunk, the instructor has a very good and professional voice and teaching style. I love to listen and learn from the class which the teacher is native speaker.

Also, thank you Dr Chunk if you may or may not see this review, I may not be able to have the chance to see you in my life, but your generosity and heart of teaching whose I am really really appreciated. The graduation part of the course means something to me since for a beginner of any skill, growth and advancement and recognition are all important forces to drive the momentum going forward. Thank you and take care.
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Ningchao W
5.0 2 years ago
Ningchao completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
I am a new in both programming and Python. Before this series of classes, I attempted to find some appropriate materials which are friendly to the zero basis man. The result was that I failed until I met this course. The most attractive point in this curriculum for me is that it teaches me how to think in programming, and well combines with the Python language. Also I like the structures of this course, I completed all the lectures and tests in three week within 7 hours. In not a long time, it makes me well understand the differences between three key 'collections' (list, dictionary and tuple) and the basic programming structures like for loop, while loop, how to build a function and so on. It is really helpful and friendly to the guy who never touches the programming and Python. Thank you very much to the professor Charles Severance !
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Anonymous
5.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I've just completed this second course in the "Python for Everybody" specialisation, and I think it's great. The assignments are good tests of each week's material, and progressively build on each other - on a couple of occasions I used snippets of code in successive weeks which, while a small point, helped with my understanding of the material.

The auto grader proved simple to use. I would write my code in IDLE first, then paste it into the auto grader, and never had any problems.

Dr Chuck is very good at what he does, and clearly enjoys his work. This makes a big difference as a student.

I recommend this course for beginners. I have already done parts 1 and 2 of Rice Universities Intro to Interactive Programming in Python, but feel I would've benefitted from doing the Pyyhon for Everybody courses first.
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Kyriakos Z
5.0 2 years ago
Kyriakos completed this course.
This is a course targeted on beginners. The instructor shows a deep understanding of how newcomers approach a programming language and what makes their life difficult. So, he exposes people to python in a cheerful, feather-weight style emphasizing on the 'basic laws' of programming and not on formal definitions, rigid standards etc.

Although I expected something more advanced, I really enjoyed following the course and, among others, saw the nicest presentation of the minimum-element-in-list algorithm.

And of course, the bonus material showing all these great and important people is a great motivation not only towards completion of the course but also of appreciating programming in general as an art and as a great way to have fun with a computer!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Class 2 of the python specialization. Unlike other programming paths I've tried, this one continues at a manageable pace. I've taught myself some statistical package syntax over the last decade so I'm not 100% new to programming and I found this course to be relatively easy and a lot of fun. Beginners will likely find it slightly challenging but absolutely within their ability to complete.

After completion, you know most of the basics of the language and have completed a handful of fun programming assignments that give you a hint at some of the cool powerful things python can do. I recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn python.
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Anonymous
4.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is course is very good! But also rather difficult. It takes a lot of time to think through the problems and find a solution, but I think that is what most of Computer Programming is, learning by trial and error and then eventually understanding. Through this course I think I gained enough knowledge to understand all of the lecture slides, but I will definitely need to review quite a bit, to really understand the concepts thoroughly. You only use by doing with programming, so you really need to look at the practice lessons and think about it a lot. Overall good though. Nice to see a prof. with some personality :)
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Valerie L
4.0 2 years ago
by Valerie completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I have no background with regard to programming, and the first course from Coursera I took was Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python), which is the prequel to this course. I must say that the classes are easy to follow and it really helped pique my interest in programming and computer science. Python is a really simple language to pick up but the downside is that one may get to reliant on the functions that are already built into the program, and it's better to expose oneself to more languages so that this does not happen. I'm hoping to find more free online courses that will allow me to expand my knowledge with regard to these!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The Python Data Structures course run by Dr Charles Severance has been informative, instructive and overall just great. Having tried to learn Python from a book before and had trouble with it I decided to start Dr Chuck's course, which I can say has really paid off. Dr Chuck provides a casual yet very educational way of teaching, and teaches/guides you through every step of learning the fundamentals of Python programming. I also found the student curated notes catered for the course very helpful for when I forgot something in the lecture.

Overall a fantastic course and I hope to do more of Dr Chuck's courses in future!
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Trias M
4.0 2 years ago
by Trias completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
As a current Economics and Finance major who needed to learn programming fundamentals to supplement my knowledge and understanding of financial models and computerised business processes, this course was extremely effective for a beginner . The lecture videos, downloadable slides and textbook as well as the curated notes and bonus material were all very effective in helping me come to grips with the course content. The discussion forum also allows you to submit any questions and queries regarding the course material and the homework assignments. I found the tutors to be exceptionally helpful
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course is well thought out. The chapters are sequential and the home works build up on the previous piece of code you wrote. Dr. Chuck exactly understands how much new info can be shared and does not cram tall of it in the same video and lecture. The lecture weeks are short and concise which give you ample time to catch up even if you miss a week in the middle (other coursera course builders need to think about this as well). Overall I enjoyed the class and i am hoping to become an expert python coder by finishing the specialization. Thanks Dr. Chuck for making the lessons enjoyable
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
My background is computer science and I consider myself as a programmer but since I don't get a lot of time at work to program i keep myself busy by taking different programming classes or just do simple programming. Time was an issue for me and the course was simplified enough just to understand it without going through the lesson more than once. The quizzes were reasonable and When I do it right after going through the lesson I make at least 80.

I really enjoy the programming assignments and even struggle debugging them every now and then. Good way to learn programming.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would happily recommend to anyone who is (like myself) new to programming. I think Charles Severance does a great job, I really like the way he explains the logic of the language. The assignments are excellent and were great fun to solve - my only comment would be that they could have been a little bit more difficult maybe. I believe that it's definitely important to practice outside of the course as well to get comfortable with the material. A fantastic course overall for beginners, I cannot wait to move on to the next specialization!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Amazing course for an introduction to programming in Python. I had not known how to program at all before I took this course and the one before, and now I am confident in my ability to program and I feel that I have a solid foundation which I can build my programming/data analysis skills upon. The supplementary materials are great, and best of all cheap or open source. Amazing part on the side of the instructor, he made the course very relatable and very enjoyable. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn python or who wants to learn how to program at all.
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