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Udacity: Introduction to Python

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Get started writing Python with this introductory course.

Why Take This Course?
Python is one of the most popular languages today, used for a wide range of fields, from web programming, to data science, to robotics. With a strong foundation in Python programming, you'll have a good start in any of these career paths.

Syllabus

### Numbers and Strings
* Learn about Python's numeric and string data types
* Use variables to store data
* Use built-in functions and methods

### Functions, Installation, and Conditionals
* Install Python on your computer
* Organize your code into functions
* Use conditionals to make decisions

### Data Structures and Loops
* Use collection data types: lists, sets, and dictionaries
* Write `for` and `while` loops to express repetition
* Practice refactoring and problem solving

### Files and Modules
* Use modules from the Python standard library and from third-party libraries
* Read data from files on disk
* Use online resources to help solve problems.

### Wikipedia Web Crawl Case Study
* Apply the skills you've learned in this course to explore real-world data from the web
* Write a web crawler that follows links between Wikipedia articles
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Cost Free Online Course
Pace Self Paced
Provider Udacity
Language English
Hours 6 hours a week
Calendar 5 weeks long

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