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The only reason to learn Python 2 these days is if you have to workout on legacy Python 2 software, and upgrading to Python 3 is not an option. Telling newcomers to learn a outdated, and soon to be unsupported version of the language is detrimental. See More
Courses are run on set dates, though some courses provide access to the material whether or not the course is running (however, there will be far less student activity in the forums when the course is not running). Some courses only make their material available when the course is running, so you may have to wait a long period (sometimes months) for your course to be offered. See More
To follow along with other students, use the forums, and/or get credit for the courses, you'll have to wait for the next time they are offered. If not, you can go through the lectures, exercises, and assignments in basically a Coursera archive mode. See More
Think Python is a free book designed for those with no background in programming. It starts with basic concepts of programming, and is carefully designed to define all terms when they are first used and to develop each new concept in a logical progression. Larger pieces, like recursion and object-oriented programming are divided into a sequence of smaller steps and introduced over the course of several chapters. See More
After each video, there are a series of challenges that give you a chance to apply what you just learned. The great thing about these challenges are that they force you to think through a problem, and use the new skills to solve it. It's not just regurgitating facts; it requires some effort. See More
Users can publish their solutions for different problems and other users can review the code and give their opinions on how they would have solved the problem. Sometimes, some of the most active users get their code reviewed by Guido Van Rossum (the creator of the Python language) himself. See More
CheckiO is a great place to practice coding skills and it can be an additional resource to learn Python while solving interesting tasks and going through the unique solutions of other users. You can find out more options by following this link https://py.checkio.org/blog/teaching-python/ See More
Materials are very well made and it'll get you started with the technology as fast as possible. Haven't found tutorials that well made and understandable. Nothing is skipped or assumed without reference to courses within that were recommended to you earlier. This makes the site an efficient review resource if you ever forget a basic concept. See More
Treehouse has multiple teachers in order to provide such a variety of content. However there is a lack of consistency with teaching styles - Some courses provide content that is well explained and goes at a reasonable pace. Other courses can be quite hard to follow. The challenges are also inconsistent - Some are too easy and don't reinforce much of the material learned. See More
You don't have to install anything to your computer and can learn from anywhere using their Workspaces. The effectiveness of this tool cannot be overstated. Even though instructors often preface courses with installation guides to setup popular environments the Workspaces allow you to jump right in, mimic the examples, work on your project, experiment with tangent thoughts, or even complete parallel courses simultaneously, within separate Workspace instances. Execution is very fast and space is ample. See More
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