Learning Python The Hard Way (Because There is No Other Way)

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Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with learning how to code.

Actually, most of the time it’s hard.

Especially when life gets busy. Which is unavoidable. Over this weekend I had some stuff to do that prevented me from really sitting down for a long period of time and learning Python.

Weekend Recap

On Friday I met with a woman in my area who is putting together a tech camp for the summer.

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The “Programming Virgin” Course with Code Babes

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Code Babes is basically hot chicks teaching you how to program.

I’ll let them explain it …

I must say—interesting idea: using sexuality to motivate people to learn to how to code. Given how the women are highly sexualized, I assume it’s targeted towards men… But do these YouTube videos and associated quizzes actually teach you anything?

The Programming Virgin Course with Code Babes

So I decided to take the Code Babes Programming Virgin Course which teachings programming fundamentals with JavaScript.

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How To Install Python

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When it comes to learning a new language, one of the last thing one wants to worry about is downloading it to their machine.

That’s a reason why online programs like Codecademy are great—because they allow you to write code and see the output right on the website. At the same time, online tutorials as such don’t exactly provide the best real-world environments. That’s why I think it’s beneficial to install Python on your device and learn in a real way.

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My Horrible First Attempt Jumping Back Into Python Programming

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I recommitted myself to learning Python.

We’ve been on a break for a few months…okay, more like a year.

And I have to admit, one of the hardest things for me was just deciding what tutorial to start with.

In the past, I dabbled with Codecademy. I also looked at random YouTube videos and the MIT intro to CS course (which uses Python as the language to teach programming).

What’s the best and most trusted source to learn Python Programming?

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Source Code And Language Differences

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Remember, computers are like dogs. They listen to what you tell them. How do you communicate with them? Through a programming language.

What is a programming language?

There are lots of programming languages out there. But there is actually just one computer language. Let me explain, computers run on a CPU. And CPU’s only understand machine code.  Machine code is very difficult to write and would take hours.

Luckily, there have been programming languages developed to make it easier to give directions to the CPU.

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