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3 Minute Oveview (What Does Python Look Like?) [ID:729] (Free) (1/6)

in series: Python Beginners - What Does Python Look Like?

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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 Introduction to Python, Language Comparisons.

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107. AXO Muse 60 Light Shop Thu, 14 Oct 2010 22:37

Thanks you for making this video series. It is real help for starters like me.

106. furosemide 20 mg Mon, 11 Oct 2010 20:09

the demo is nice but why should I comment on every part

105. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 08:46

simple and informative. you draw me in

104. WOIyQyNCpV Sun, 10 Oct 2010 03:39


sound quality not good on this video.

100. Albertspit Tue, 24 Aug 2010 20:43

Awesomely done!

Good short intro


Good overview, could use an update since it is a couple years old now.

96. exixukudu Thu, 12 Aug 2010 18:12

Very simple and easy introduction to Python; thank you!

95. Isabel Marant Forward Mon, 02 Aug 2010 16:44

So far, so good. Very clear speaking style. Will watch other Ian videos.

love it, keep it comming

I appreciate it

93. isl7ucox Mon, 26 Jul 2010 22:23

Not enough.

It's like saying there is a cake out there and it is good and frosted and sooner or later we will tell you what it is.

Why not just start? Why the dance?

92. isli44jr Mon, 26 Jul 2010 16:11

Thanks for the list of compare Python to other programming languages. Very helpful to me!

sounds interesting

I enjoyed the tutorial very much.

89. xavumumniboj Wed, 21 Jul 2010 10:23

Good introduction to Python. Thanks.

88. Bogner Warm Halten Sport Wasserdicht 3173-4676 Sun, 04 Jul 2010 11:51

good points to start with..

86. Poker Uang Asli Tue, 15 Jun 2010 09:49

Hi guys, i love this, keep up the good work \o/ Regards from Ljubljana/Slovenia

84. Isabel Marant Etoile Spring Summer 2014 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 19:17

Good perspective for curious people thinking about first time programming. I don't program. Instead I script and do network administration Windows networks.

Very good overview; clear info and helpful references.


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short intro

81. stylo plume mont blanc pas cher Fri, 23 Apr 2010 18:44

Good introductory material. The topic of resources is sometimes overlooked. Thanks for the video and the links.

I'm a sysadmin and I'll start learning python. I have a little knowlege about it but I would like to master it and start using it as muy own language in a while.

probably, i'll give some other feedback on the future.


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VERY CLEAR SOUND... Thank you very much!

78. marinir seo jasa seo Sat, 13 Mar 2010 13:24

Looking forward to cont. the series.

77. marinir seo Wed, 03 Mar 2010 18:13

thank u very much

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74. Duty Free Cigarettes Tue, 12 Jan 2010 20:01

Just found the site. this seems to be a good start

73. Duty Free Cigarettes Tue, 12 Jan 2010 20:00

Just found the site. this seems to be a good start

Great start, thanks!

71. anonymous Wed, 30 Dec 2009 15:11

thank you, good help to get started with python

69. anonymous Fri, 18 Dec 2009 11:31

Great start, can't wait to learn more!

68. anonymous Tue, 15 Dec 2009 23:38

nice, I did come here a few months after you posted the video, I do have 2.6 and py3k installed, there is a big difference I noticed, but still small enough to be abel to understand what is needed for both. TY again.

67. anonymous Mon, 14 Dec 2009 09:33

A well produced and great tutorial.

66. anonymous Sun, 13 Dec 2009 07:59

Excellent, keep up helping up the open source community.

Sharing is caring!!!

65. anonymous Fri, 11 Dec 2009 12:06

short and too the point1

As with all your videos, short and to the point. Very good!

63. anonymous Sun, 22 Nov 2009 23:47

I am just a beginner. I will let you know about comments after exploiting some of the resources you provided


62. anonymous Thu, 12 Nov 2009 16:27

good video

61. anonymous Tue, 27 Oct 2009 02:12

great videos. thanks for taking the time to do them.

60. anonymous Wed, 14 Oct 2009 14:27

mice and simple

58. anonymous Wed, 30 Sep 2009 06:17

great till now

57. anonymous Thu, 17 Sep 2009 17:41

Excellent videos. Thank you.

56. anonymous Tue, 15 Sep 2009 05:05

was ok

There should be a 'Play All Option' so that the videos play without manual interruption after each video ends in the series. Youtube has this 'auto play function'. I use it quite often. Very handy feature on a video site.

There should be a 'Play All Option' so that the videos play without manual interruption after each video ends in the series. Youtube has this 'auto play function'. I use it quite often. Very handy feature on a video site.

nice intro to the series

Videos don't load via FF 3.5 on Ubuntu. Have to download. What of ogg or ogv? Is there a way to get the series in one go?

51. anonymous Tue, 08 Sep 2009 07:46

i've just started with python and i accumulate tons of pages with tutorials about it, yours are also part of it, so it's helpfull, although i did not know any othe language before, so the second one won't help me

50. anonymous Thu, 03 Sep 2009 21:45

Great intro can't wait to get into the meat of the python programming language

49. anonymous Wed, 02 Sep 2009 19:36

Good start

48. anonymous Mon, 31 Aug 2009 21:28

This is my first look at your video set (python) .......... So far so good


47. anonymous Tue, 25 Aug 2009 01:39

Short an sweet. I on to the next one.

46. anonymous Sat, 22 Aug 2009 09:59

This answered my questions about what larnguages are similar to python

Hi! im looking forward to the py world :)

43. anonymous Fri, 07 Aug 2009 19:29

Really great, i'm from Brazil and i think your video is very well explained.

42. anonymous Fri, 07 Aug 2009 05:22

Looking forward to the course. Thanks for your time and talents

41. anonymous Thu, 06 Aug 2009 14:21

Good global info.

40. anonymous Mon, 03 Aug 2009 14:02

This is a priceless resource for me. I have books on python and i tried reading the python tutorial, but I learn quicker this way.

Cant we play these videos in linux operating systems....I have to download to watch these videos>>>

38. anonymous Wed, 22 Jul 2009 03:24

Great .

37. anonymous Sun, 19 Jul 2009 23:09

This is really helpefull

36. anonymous Thu, 16 Jul 2009 19:00

It is a good job for beginners interested in python programming language. Nice guy.

good explaination of tutorial site.

34. anonymous Mon, 13 Jul 2009 03:18

Brief, concise intro. Excellent in determining if the course is right for someone without over elabourating.

33. anonymous Sat, 11 Jul 2009 18:23

I really like this. I'm developing a program to help me with my job. Python is my language of choice (it's the only language that will suffice!) and I'm currently at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. I have several textbooks but I need a gentle introduction to help me overcome the challenging learning curve. (I'm a C programmer, born and bred, so it's quite an adjustment...) I'm really enjoying your series of videos. Thank you for taking the time to create these tutorials.

32. anonymous Tue, 07 Jul 2009 08:00

I highly appreciate your tutorial

31. anonymous Tue, 07 Jul 2009 07:39

I highly appreciate your tutorial

30. anonymous Tue, 30 Jun 2009 06:45

Awesome way to help others (me)! Thanks!

29. anonymous Tue, 23 Jun 2009 12:19

Hi, I intend to follow this and such courses in an attempt to gain a fuller understanding of Python while I hack away with some existing projects in work developed by others. All very useful stuff, I really appreciate it, Mark

28. anonymous Mon, 22 Jun 2009 10:20

So far so good!

27. anonymous Sat, 20 Jun 2009 10:16

Thanks for Python video courses. Urgently needed more free video courses for undergraduate students at university level.


So far so good... :)

25. anonymous Sat, 13 Jun 2009 13:07

Considering beginning Python - useful light intro - thanks.

good start for me :)

23. anonymous Wed, 10 Jun 2009 14:10

Good start

hi ian, thanks for the great work on the python tutorials. i liked your videos very much, so i have decided to become a club-member, and i now can click "View this series as a one-page learning-path". however, i found that this box is always showed in the left hand side (IE 8 and FF3.0 show the same behavior). is this a bug?

21. anonymous Sun, 07 Jun 2009 18:54

THank you. I feel more comfortable moving into this foriegn language already..

20. anonymous Sat, 06 Jun 2009 15:13

sounds good so far. i get to learn Python in British!

19. anonymous Sat, 06 Jun 2009 09:04

Volume level very good - fine brief overview

18. anonymous Tue, 02 Jun 2009 04:20

Most excellent,

I have been Perl focused for many years, these vids make perfect sense and are a great start for newbies and experienced programmers alike.

it was very simple to understand. I am coming mainly from a basic programming knowledge.. i know some perl.. I understand the basics.. like varables, loops, and some functions. hope to learn from your videos

16. anonymous Sat, 30 May 2009 01:11

Looking good so far.

15. anonymous Sat, 16 May 2009 20:41

good so far

Good Introduction -- Sounds like an interesting course...

13. anonymous Sat, 09 May 2009 16:51

very clear speaking and easy to follow so far

11. anonymous Mon, 04 May 2009 06:43

Thanks a lot for the video.

10. anonymous Sun, 03 May 2009 17:28


9. anonymous Wed, 29 Apr 2009 07:44

Very good

8. anonymous Fri, 24 Apr 2009 00:03

great video keep up the good work ian

5. anonymous Wed, 08 Apr 2009 19:36

Extraordinarity: ,


Thank you for this resource. I appreciate your efforts to help others.


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