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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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James Haney https://github.com/jrhaneydata

I'm a data scientist who's been using Python at work for 3-4 years. I love how readable and versatile it is.
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Vighnesh https://github.com/VighneshKSP

Python is the first language I used at work. Been love with it ever since.
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Rigo Garcia https://github.com/rigogsoto

Data Engineer. I love Data <3 Python is always the way.
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Cameron MacDonald GitLab

Python was my very first language and is still one of my favorites to write in. It's super simple to understand, easy to translate pseudocode to, and wonderfully verbose in its errors. Join me in the Python cult!
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Mike Murray https://github.com/mikemurray86

I use python to manage infrastructure an an enterprise environment as well as for any side projects that catch my attention.
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David Carroll https://github.com/axesilo

My primary professional language is Python, which I like for its flexibility and expressiveness, but I also enjoy using Rust because of its power and high-quality tooling. I'm a former CS professor.
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.

Saddle Points
easy
algorithms
conditionals
lists
loops
matrices
sets
Bob
easy
conditionals
equality
strings
Affine Cipher
medium
algorithms
cryptography
strings
Binary Search Tree
medium
classes
object oriented programming
recursion
searching
trees
All Your Base
medium
integers
transforming
math
Zebra Puzzle
easy
logic
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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Corey McCandless

Big fan of homemade bread and reusable code.
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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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