Name: [002] Ian Ozsvald
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Python Beginners - What Does Python Look Like? [ID:275]

a series of video-tutorials by Ian Ozsvald

If you're coming to Python from a different language then you'll want to know how the syntax looks. If you're new to programming then you'll probably want an idea of what to expect too! Here I give you a high-level view of Python's code and common functions and I link to examples from Java, C and C++ to provide comparisons.

Video Tutorials

1. 3 Minute Oveview (What Does Python Look Like?)

This overview will show you what's covered in this Club series. The aim is to show you, the new Python programmer, what Python looks like. I also link to external articles so you can compare how Python works with whatever language you know. You're not expected to know much about programming but I do assume that you know basic concepts like variables, loops and functions. Links - Informal Introd [...]

2. Variables and Naming

Here we look at variables and naming conventions. Variables in Python might work in a different way to whichever language you've used, in particular Python is strongly typed and uses dynamic types. I also talk about the built-in Garbage Collector which might be new to you if you're from a C background. Links - Python Tutorial (, Built-in types, Informal Introduction to Python, Python [...]

3. Write and Run (and Unit Tests), No Compiling

Python isn't compiled (as for languages like Java and C++) and instead you can run your new code directly at the command line. This means that you miss out on some static type checking that compiled languages provide, instead you can benefit more by adopting a test-driven development approach to coding. Other ShowMeDos for Test Driven Development - testing websites with Twill and Python, Python [...]

4. Indentation and Colons

Python uses white-space for indentation and a colon to mark the start of a block (which replaces the curly-brackets seen in Java and C++). Here I talk about this style of coding and give some examples of Java and Python code. Links - Java and Python code comparison, Indenting Python Code, Python Style Guide.

5. Loops and Conditions

Loops and conditions are fundamental programming tools, here I show you Python's for, while and if statements. These examples serve as nice examples to the use of a colon and white-space for indentation as discussed in the previous episode. Further examples can be found here in Dive Into Python.

6. Functions and Classes

Functions wrap up a logical segment of code, normally you pass in some values, something is calculated and then a result is returned. Python allows for a variable number of arguments and return values (which C and Java don't allow). Here I show you how a simple function works by passing in values and receiving several values back. I also talk about Classes and provide links to some reading mate [...]

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Although as important as the software it supports, education and documentation are relatively neglected in the Open-source world. Coders love to code, and explaining how best to use or improve the software tends to be deferred or even sidelined.

At Showmedo we believe the community can play a vital role here and also say thanks for the tools and software that make our lives easier. If you have a piece of software you love or a programming langugage you are enthusiastic about, why not make a screencast showing others how to use it? All the stuff you wish you'd been told, the tips, tricks, insights that would have saved you time and frustration.

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Kudos and Thanks for Ian

3 Minute Oveview (What Does Python Look Like?)

simple and informative. you draw me in
70 months ago

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