Get Programming with Python in Motion
Ana Bell
  • Course duration: 6h 40m

Provides an easy to follow introduction to both computer programming and the Python language.

Shawn Bolan
Get Programming with Python in Motion is a beginner-friendly introduction to the world of writing computer programs, with the help of the easy-to-learn Python language. Expert instructor Ana Bell brings her years of teaching experience at MIT to you with practical exercises that peel back the jargon and let you discover just how great coding can be!

About the subject

Programming now plays a role in almost every job. It’s time to add it to your resume! Python is great for beginners, and it’s also a language that grows with you. You can use Python for everything from web development to data science. This video course will get you started the easy way!

About the video

See it. Do it. Learn it! This amazing liveVideo course takes you on your first steps in the exciting world of computer programming! Packed with hands-on exercises, fun projects, and explanations that make programming a breeze to pick up, you’re sure to get programming when you’re done.

Don’t know anything about programming? No problem! This liveVideo course is designed for people who have never written a line of computer code. Using Python, a language designed for teaching and learning how to program, you’ll learn key skills that every coder needs. First, your instructor Ana Bell guides you through installing Python onto your computer. Then, you’ll work through a few super-easy (and fun!) examples that teach you about how Python looks and works.

After you get started, you’ll learn how to build programs that can automatically repeat actions and make decisions based on the conditions YOU set. You’ll get experience with the process of program writing, and learn to combine different pieces of code so that they can work together. Finishing everything off, you’ll learn ways to make your code more readable and easier to maintain in the future.

This liveVideo course works perfectly alongside Ana’s book Get Programming: Learn to code with Python, each building on the other to give you a complete tour of this great language!

Table of Contents detailed table of contents

Learning how to program

Why learn to program?

Basic programming principles

Variables, types, expressions, and statements

Introducing Python

Giving names to things

Object types

Exercise: Convert to hours and minutes

Strings, tuples, and interacting with the user

String objects

Advanced string operations

Simple error messages

Tuple objects

Interacting with the user

Exercise: Name mashup

Making decisions in your programs

Introducing decisions in programs

Making more decisions

Exercise: Choose your own adventure

Repeating tasks

Repeating tasks with loops

Customizing loops

Loops with conditions

Exercise: Scrabble, art edition

Organizing your code into reusable blocks

Organizing your code into reusable blocks

Achieving modularity and abstraction using functions

Advanced operations with functions

Exercise: Analyze your friends

Working with mutable data types

Mutable and immutable objects

Working with lists

Advanced operations with lists

Dictionaries as maps between objects

Aliasing and copying lists and dictionaries

Exercise: Document similarity

Making your own object types using Object-Oriented Programming

Making your own object types

Creating a class for an object type

Working with your own object types

Customizing classes

Exercise: Card game

Using libraries to enhance your programs

Useful libraries

Testing and debugging your programs

A library for graphical user interfaces

Exercise: Game of tag

Course recap



No experience with programming is needed, this video course is for anyone!

What you will learn

  • Programming skills you can use in any language
  • Variables, expressions, and statements
  • Getting a program to repeat tasks and make decisions
  • Essential best practices for clean and easy to maintain code
  • How to write programs that can interact with a mouse, keyboard, and more!

About the instructor

Ana Bell is an MIT lecturer and scientist who teaches the popular course, Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python. She is also the author of Manning’s bestselling Get Programming: Learn to code with Python.

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Great introductory course for those with little to no background in programming.

Anonymous Reviewer

This is a good introductory course to the basics of programming utilizing the Python language.

Joe Houghes

If you have ever wanted to learn Python, through a video course, then this is a great course to go with.

Mike F. Cuddy