Microsoft offers free Python course

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Microsoft offers free Python course

Microsoft has introduced a YouTube video series called Python for Beginners that aims to teach aspiring programmers the fundamentals of the Python programming language.

The series is presented by Microsoft senior program manager Christopher Harrison and Susan Ibach, who is one of Microsoft’s AI Gaming unit’s business development managers.
 
Kinda strange they didn't create a cool interactive site where you do live programming alongside the videos, maybe something like Khan Acadamy's coding section but just a lot more in-depth.
 
Kinda strange they didn't create a cool interactive site where you do live programming alongside the videos, maybe something like Khan Acadamy's coding section but just a lot more in-depth.

Pretty sure this is because they would like people to do the coding in Visual Studio.
 
Kinda strange they didn't create a cool interactive site where you do live programming alongside the videos, maybe something like Khan Acadamy's coding section but just a lot more in-depth.
There are Microsoft python courses on edx where you do the tasks on jupyter notebooks on Azure which is more or less what you are suggesting
 
I get the impression everybody is a 'coder' these days, many moons ago at a braai this guy asked me if I knew anything about programming... I said I'm not really into it but enjoy designing microcontroller systems and have done 8051, 8088, PIC, MIPS, 680X0 etc assembly language. He had no idea what that was, looked at me like I'm a dumbass and completely dismissed me :rolleyes:
 
I get the impression everybody is a 'coder' these days, many moons ago at a braai this guy asked me if I knew anything about programming... I said I'm not really into it but enjoy designing microcontroller systems and have done 8051, 8088, PIC, MIPS, 680X0 etc assembly language. He had no idea what that was, looked at me like I'm a dumbass and completely dismissed me :rolleyes:
But duuudde, do you have like a following on github and have a blog with your programming tips and tricks?
 
Push a language with C-like syntax!
Not FORTRAN indentation and code blocks.

Also, Python is a Swiss Army knife. You sure you want data scientists using Django?
 
Push a language with C-like syntax!
Not FORTRAN indentation and code blocks.

Also, Python is a Swiss Army knife. You sure you want data scientists using Django?
I would bloody well say yes. If you are a "data scientist" (I hate that term by the way), then you are going to be working with data and most likely going to be building your models in python. Which logically makes an ORM like Django very useful as you can interact with a db without having to worry about spaghetti SQL.
 
I would bloody well say yes. If you are a "data scientist" (I hate that term by the way), then you are going to be working with data and most likely going to be building your models in python. Which logically makes an ORM like Django very useful as you can interact with a db without having to worry about spaghetti SQL.

I am definitely looking into this today. This will save me heaps of time outside of work.
 
Nothing new, but having the backing of MS can only be a good thing.

These courses are a dime a dozen but after struggling today like a common p0es to try and get a unified Spark dataframe loaded using Python and pushed back to Postgresql I might as well give this a try... my c# underpinnings is letting me down so far.

I honestly wish we had done Python at varsity back in the early 2000's instead of the s**tshow that was Java.
 
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