5 best free websites to learn Python today
Programming is becoming more and more important across a variety of industries and sectors, as well as IT professionals. It is used across diverse fields from web and game development to machine learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), scientific computing and academic research.
One of the most popular language is Python and amongst programming experts, it is known to be easy to learn as a first language and a valuable skill-set to have in any programmers stack given its diverse usage. With its versatility, it is a transferrable skillset that you can apply to a myriad of careers, and its importance will continue to persist in the next few years.
What are the roles in demand that require Python?
In recent years, Python has become a critical tool of data analytics. As such, we see an increase of positions such as BI Analyst, Data Engineer, Analytics Manager that require Python skill-sets.
Mark Herring, who recruits for the AI, Machine learning and Robotics sectors shared with us that "On top of being one of the most user-friendly languages, the need for companies to harness data for their growth makes Python the language for the present and future".
Yusuke Saito, who specialises in recruiting for Big Data/Analytics & IT Strategy roles for consulting firms, highlighted that "In this rapid growing business market, utilizing data is the key for any business to succeed, as it allows us to make decisions faster, create new business insights, and solve critical business problems".
He added that "Specifically, data is only valuable once it’s actually gathered, cleansed, analysed, visualized, and put in automation predictive models for future use. Using Python has become a vital role in any business now".
More and more companies are discovering Python's importance, so it can be of value for your CV. But, where do you start learning?
Below are top recognised sites that you can start picking up the ropes to become the next Python expert!
There are currently over 8000 free courses available on Udemy that will meet the needs of coding enthusiasts at all levels of experience. From the fundamentals and basics to advance applications of Python, you would be able to find a course that best-fits your capabilities and capacity at your own time and pace.
Universities such as Stanford, Leiden University, Erasmus but also Google, make their courses and teaching materials available. Bonus – everything on these websites are free of charge. You can also get certified in Python at a cost, but that is not mandatory. Courses will cover core data structures of the Python programming language. It will also cover basics of procedural programming and explore how rookies can use the Python built-in data structures such as lists, dictionaries, and tuples to perform increasingly complex data analysis.
Want to be a Python expert? Code Academy is the perfect site to start with. Clear and detailed explanations, and with this you lay the perfect foundation.
Udacity offers various nanodegrees and free courses in collaboration with the most innovative companies such as Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Google. If you want to give a Python boost to your career then this is your springboard by applying to the list of schools and course paths available on their website.
Tutsplus offers a huge amount of courses, including Python. Create a free account today and check out their list of tutorials, ‘How-To’ videos, as well as courses that can get you equipped with the right know-how within hours.
Are you looking for a new tech challenge?
While Python remains king in the development, cloud and IT space, other skills like .net core, C, C#, C++, Java, Angular.js will give you an added advantage too.
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