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Python is a clear and powerful object-oriented programming language with an elegant and easy-to-read syntax. It is ideal for prototyping and ad-hoc tasks, but also sees wide use in scientific computing, web development, and automation.
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About Python

prices = {'apple': 0.75, 'egg': 0.50}
cart = {
  'apple': 1,
  'egg': 6
}

bill = sum(prices[item] * cart[item]
           for item in cart)

print(f'I have to pay {bill:.2f}')

Python is a strong language for beginners.

There are many resources available for programmers of all levels, the code is highly readable, and in many cases phrases are comparable to those in the English language.

Code can be written and executed from the command line, in an interactive IPython session, or in a Jupyter (IPython) notebook.

The most common form of Python is compiled in C; this is often invisible to the beginning programmer, but if there are uses for which exceptionally fast implementation is needed then C extensions can be written to optimize Python execution.

Python is used extensively in scientific computing, finance, games, networking, internet development, and in assembling pipelines of other programs.

Python was started by Guido van Rossum in 1989; its name is an homage to the comedy troupe Monty Python.

This track uses Python 3. It is highly recommended that students upgrade to at least Python 3.6 as some features used by this track may not be supported in earlier version of Python.

Python development is shepherded by The Python Software Foundation and there are active community-based user groups worldwide.

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I really like the ability to look at other people's solutions.

I'm working through the F# and Python tracks at the moment. Really like the ability to look at other people's solutions. I've had some helpful comments from others too.

Relaxed. Encouraging. Supportive.

Meet the Python Track mentors

Once you join the Python language track, you will receive support and feedback from our team of mentors. Here are the bios of a few of the mentors of this track.

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Tim Fischer

I work and play with Python, some times for a living, other times just for fun.
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Jon Calder https://github.com/jonmcalder

I've got limited experience with Python, but have found it fun and useful to learn, especially as a data scientist. I hope to continue learning from others and to be able to assist them on their journey.
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Salomé Lahmar https://github.com/slahmar

Python is my favorite language because it's easy to learn and easy to write, and really explicit and concise. It's also great for machine learning enthusiasts!
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Hilary Holz https://github.com/hilary

20+ years experience in systems administration, specializing in the web since NCSA HTTPd and Mosaic. Python is my language of choice for DevOps.
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Alex Bender https://github.com/alex-bender

Sharing is what really matters. So I'd like to share my Python knowledge to augment (help develop) present capabilities of anyone who desires to know Python.
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Steven Hans https://github.com/schmerziel

Everytime I wanted to do some quick automation I always choose python because it is simple, relatively easy, and fast enough to do the automation. This has saved me a lot of painful time if I were to do it myself manually. I also like java and currently learning some C.
Fun. Challenging. Interesting

Community-sourced Python exercises

These are a few of the 117 exercises on the Python track. You can see all the exercises here.

Poker
easy
conditionals
lists
loops
parsing
Binary Search Tree
medium
classes
object oriented programming
recursion
searching
trees
ETL
easy
loops
maps
transforming
Series
easy
algorithms
arrays
conditionals
loops
Ledger
medium
globalization
refactoring
strings
Dominoes
medium
lists
tuples
Passionate. Knowledgeable. Creative.

Meet the Python Track maintainers

The Python Maintainers are the brains behind the Python Track. They spend their spare time creating interesting and challenging exercises that we can all learn from. We are incredibly grateful for their hard work. Here are the bios of a few of the maintainers of this track.

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Dog

I can not only fetch JSON, but parse it too.
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Michael Morehouse My Techie Blog

Although Python wasn't my first -- and won't be my last -- programming language, it remains my favorite for introducing others to the joys, the pains, the infrequent ecstacies, and the occasional terrors of life before the REPL.
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Corey McCandless

Big fan of homemade bread and reusable code.

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