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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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Srdjan Stankovic https://github.com/pyropy

I fell in love with Python and I keep loving it more with each day. I enjoy sharing knowledge!
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Gokul Chittaranjan http://github.com/gokulchittaranjan

Have over a decade of experience working with Python.
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Thales Alexandre F. Albuquerque https://github.com/Vitruvia

I'm a medical student who programs as a hobby. I love python for it's elegance and readability; it was my first langauge and it remains my favorite.
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Avremel Kaminetzky Personal Website

I enjoy hacking with Python, it is my language of choice for prototyping and side projects.
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Doug Whitley https://github.com/TsebMagi

I've been using C# for personal projects in Unity for a little over a year and love the balance it strikes between readiblity and functionality.
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Jahongir Rahmonov http://rahmonov.me

Although not my first programming language, Python made me fall in love with programming. I never looked back since.
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.

Crypto Square
easy
strings
text formatting
transforming
Two Fer
easy
conditionals
optional values
text formatting
Simple Cipher
easy
cryptography
strings
text formatting
Queen Attack
easy
arrays
exception handling
games
logic
matrices
Forth
medium
parsing
stacks
Tournament
medium
conditionals
loops
maps
parsing
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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