An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python

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An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python

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This course is designed to be a fun introduction to the basics of programming in Python. Our main focus will be on building simple interactive games such as Pong, Blackjack and Asteroids.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
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6 years, 4 months ago
Wonderful, wonderful course on learning Python. The professors seem to like teaching the class (and really seem to like each other, which come across and actually makes the class even more enjoyable). The lessons and mini projects are perfectly calibrated to be challenging without being impossible -- after the first week I started each homework assignment saying "I DON"T KNOW HOW TO DO THIS!!", but then realized that they did indeed teach us everything we'd need to know to complete the assignment. I think I read there were something like 40,000 students taking the course. How do you grade 40,000 assignments in one week? You provide a very careful rubric and you do peer review. This is actually the toughest part of the class, because your peers are even less forgiving than the professors would be. All in all, I'm glad to be taking this course, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn Python.
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Thomas Pehl

10/10 starsCompleted
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Content is wonderful. I really enjoyed taking it and am a bit regretful that it's over. The instructors are amusing and wonderful at what they're doing.CodeSkulptor is quite intuitive but it gets complex as you go on. Never boring, always enjoyable, and combined with Coursera, with it's tools and resources, is a fantastic learning experience.
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Tosin Bamigboye

10/10 starsCompleted
2 weeks, 3 days ago
I really enjoyed this course as a whole and learned a great deal from it. The instructors had great teaching style and lessons were fun and to the point. I never got bored during a lecture and always realized when re-watching a lecture to finish a mini-project that the instructors covered it and provided enough tips to get it done. As a complete beginner to Python, I discovered through this course how much fun programming can be. The mini-projects were challenging but you really got a sense of accomplishment once you finished and enjoyment playing the games. Overall, this was a fun and rewarding course and I really enjoyed it.
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Vamsi Krishna Godavarti

10/10 starsCompleted
3 weeks, 4 days ago
This is a course that I would definitely recommend to anyone looking to get started on Python and building games using a GUI. Joe and Scott were the best instructors to help anyone get excited to learn Python. I truly enjoyed the class. Thank you very much! :)
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Ken Chan

10/10 starsCompleted
1 month ago
OMG lecturers in this course are amazingly cute!!!!! This course goes on a path of teaching-practicing combination, where you take brief introduction videos and immediately use the skill mentioned in videos to build a new cute project, and the projects are all simple but funny games that you would be proud of and play by yourself joyfully. For me, a zero-experience starter, this course is at medium difficulty level. Don't worry about if the course could be too difficult for you, since there are much available help both in the template and from TAs. Anyway, hope you enjoy in this course!
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sibo zhang

10/10 starsCompleted
1 month ago
I love this class! Joe and Scott are great teachers. Not only because they explained new concept clearly, but also because the they designed this course in an amazing way. I would say this course a project-oriented program class. Which is great in three ways: 1. It challenged me for any material that I learned from lecture 2. It boost my confidence because I can code in new ways that I cannot before. 3. It was fun! Thank you guys for this great MOOC course. I wish anyone who tries this course would hang in there. You will find yourself enjoying it eventually.
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Hardik

10/10 starsCompleted
1 month, 1 week ago
brilliant, brilliant and brilliant... If Scott or Joe is reading this, you guys changed my life... Thanks a lot for making programming fun.. The way the concepts are taught, it really makes complex topics easy to understand. I am pretty much sure that one can never get bored in this course. For me, this course really means a lot.
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Venkata Bharghva

8/10 starsCompleted
1 month, 1 week ago
Loved the course. Great place to begin if you want to learn coding. excellent instructors. Had lots of fun playing all the game that i build with my friends.
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B Gonzalez

10/10 starsCompleted
1 month, 1 week ago
It was great! The lessons and the exercises are well designed to be enjoyable and at the same time have a smooth learning curve. It's fine for complete programming beginners as well.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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1 month, 4 weeks ago
Awesome Course. I enjoyed the class and the instructors were extremely helpful and enthusiastic with the material they use to teach this course. It's been really rewarding learning this class. I've enjoyed seeing all of the videos and made it through to the end of this class. The exercises were awesome. The quizzes were also engaging. The content was pretty straightforward and the instructors used a simple and engaging methods to teach this course to various people with varying experiences on the topic. This was a newbie friendly course. I really, really enjoyed it and I plan to take more corses from these instructors.
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mathieu drut

10/10 starsCompleted
1 month, 4 weeks ago
The course was a lot of fun. The main instructors are engaging and have broken down the subject into easily digestible bits. The assignment are fairly simple, at time I felt like too much was provided into the template but at the same time realizes that the course needs to be accessible to a very wide array of people (from beginners to experts) with time constraints as well. I had a lot of fun with most of the projects and "wasted" a lot of time adding a bunch of extra features into the final Asteroid game. I learned a lot about Python along the way (I work with C++ normally).
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10/10 starsCompleted
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2 months, 2 weeks ago
One of the best Introductory Python courses I have done. Covers the depth and breadth to an adequate extent. Enough to get you going further and taking advance courses in Python.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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2 months, 2 weeks ago
The Best programming class you will ever take, so much of fun and you will be building awesome games that definitely you can brag about. Awesome instructors, I am looking forward for the next class.
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Jalal Kiani

10/10 starsCompleted
2 months, 3 weeks ago
This course was fantastic. The homework and quizzes are perfect in this class. I strongly recommend this course to other people and students. The instructors are great in teaching and also they are knowledgeable
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Jone Oosterhoff

10/10 starsCompleted
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Very fun class on teaching Python!With prior to this class I had almost no experience with Python and I feel I realy achieved something here step bij step. Scott, Joe, John en Stephen thank you for providing with an amazing course. Regards, Jone
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Scott Payne

10/10 starsCompleted
3 months ago
Fun class! This was the first course I had taken to learn Python. It is an excellent introduction to programming. It covers event handlers, GUI design, Object Oriented Programming and more. Yes, it is really fun. The material and tools are organized and polished.
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Helen Sun

10/10 starsCompleted
3 months ago
I have learnt a lot about Python throughout this course in a vivid way. Both Joe and Scott are interesting persons with charming personality. Their conversations bring so much fun to the class. Amaze thanks to Scott for setting up the CodeSkulptor platform, which is really helpful to get things moving forward!
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Richard

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 months ago
Instead of the traditional way of telling us to install things that we aren't going to need and just say, "ignore that for now." This course teaches you Python in an unique environment called CodeSkulptor, and in the end, help you to transition from that environment to the real thing. This prevents you from feeling overwhelmed in the beginning. The instructors are fantastic and funny, and the mini-projects, while a bit challenging, are very interesting and exciting to build. Would definitely recommend to people wanting to learn python!
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Happy Student

10/10 starsCompleted
3 months, 1 week ago
This is an outstanding course. Impeccably structured to give you exactly the skills you need to complete ambitious mini-projects throughout the class. The most efficient and flexible learning experience I could imagine.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 months, 1 week ago
This is a great class. Engaging instructors, well-planned lectures, challenging projects. I spent hours and hours on mini projects, and learned a lot. Thanks!
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Bruce

8/10 starsCompleted
3 months, 1 week ago
The course is helpful, and I suggest doing the practice exercises along the way, even though they are not graded. It will help your understanding and give insight into the graded quizzes and mini-projects. The instructors try to make it fun and show some of the strengths of python development and good code development.
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Shannon Chang

10/10 starsCompleted
3 months, 1 week ago
This class is amazing. It's not just about concepts and endless lectures. It's hands on and interesting. The teaching team is very supportive in giving feedbacks and helping solving problems. I loved this course.
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Jeremy Grigg

10/10 starsCompleted
4 months ago
This is an excellent class, as it builds in a very logical and empowering way upon simple techniques to the point at which a student is not only manipulating objects and functions quite capably, but is also able to focus on elegance and precision in their work. Truly a wonderful piece of didacticism - well done to the team at Rice Computer Science Department for putting it together, and a hearty thanks from me for the knowledge and skills you've imparted to me.
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David Briney

10/10 starsCompleted
4 months ago
I can't say enough good things about this course. It was interesting, challenging (sometimes frustrating but mainly because I didn't get things done quickly and tended to overcomplicate my code) and ultimately rewarding. It was extremely - repeat, extremely - well organized and planned. The instructors, Joe and Scott, are not only knowledgeable but they are excellent at teaching. The lectures are consistently helpful. I have taken several other online courses through Coursera over the years and these two courses are easily the best I have taken. For the record, I am a relational DB programmer who had no previous python, OO, or GUI experience. This class was very valuable. Thank you Joe and Scott!!!
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Cristina Alvarez

10/10 starsCompleted
4 months, 1 week ago
Great Course. I had absoluteey no previous experience with any programming language, and while I cant say I'm now an expert, I do have a grasp on basic concepts of python and what can be done with it. The teachers are very good, they make concepts easy to understand and apply. Also, the materials and the way the course is delivered are very good and easy to use.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 months, 1 week ago
Very fun and educational course! Highly recommend it! I will miss Scott and Joe! OOP section is great. Also practice problems are very usefull. If you want to start from zero, probably it`s the best MOOC.
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Scott MacKay

10/10 starsCompleted
4 months, 2 weeks ago
I’m very satisfied with the course and enjoyed the lessons and projects we did. This is a great course for anyone that has any interest in Python and is completely new to coding.
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MATTHEW ZUPAN

10/10 starsCompleted
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Course content was extremely engaging, not boring at all, but still required a good amount of technical knowledge. The amount you get out of it, is what you decide to put into it. There were many times I spent hours getting small parts of my programs that weren't required, just right. But it was worth it to me, and I'm glad I did.
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Quyen Thai

10/10 starsCompleted
4 months, 4 weeks ago
Wonderful course! What I really like about this class is that the lecturers made great effort to make the course interesting, useful and interactive. I have tried some online courses before but this is one of the few courses I made it to the end.
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Szocs Arnold

10/10 starsCompleted
5 months, 1 week ago
i found this course verry useful. I have learnd the basics of programming in python. Besides the lessons, videos and mini projects was enjoyable.I recommend it to anyone
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