Monday, November 4, 2019

Top 5 Websites to Learn Python Coding for FREE - Best of Lot

Believe it or not, but Python has inspired many people to learn to code and its continually inspiring them. I know a handful of people who are learning Python for different reasons, starting from web development to machine learning. I have seen new people learning Python to write web apps using Django, create a Machine learning Model using Python, and just to write some handy scripts to automate the boring stuff. Python is currently the world's #1 programming language and its popularity is growing every passing day, thanks to Data Science and Machine learning and awesome Python libraries like Pandas, NumPy, and TensorFlow.


So, if you are also thinking to learn Python or already started coding with Python but still looking for some free resources then you have come to the right place.

In the past, I have shared a lot of useful free Python resources like books and free courses. And today, I am going to share some of the websites and portals where you can learn Python for free.

Learning from free resources is fantastic as you don't need a credit card or no need to pay for the course. All you need is time and hunger to learn.

Though, it's not easy as there are a lot of free Python resources available out there and its difficult task to choose the right one. It's like finding a needle in a haystack, and that's where this article will help you.




Top 5 Places to Learn Python Online for Free

Here you will find some of the best places to learn Python for free, I have handpicked these resources with a couple of Python experts. I have purposefully chosen as few resources as possible but still with some options. Just in case if you have any other useful Python websites which teach Python development for free then feel free to suggest.



1. CodeCademy
If you like interactive learning, then there is no better place than Codecademy. They first teach you theory in as little word as possible and then ask you to write code online using that concept. The best thing is you don't need to do any setup like installing Python in your machine.

You can run Python code right from your browser. Another good thing is that you don't need to write a complete program until you are ready. You need to make small changes and execute them. This is a great and fun way to learn Python programming.

I have learned JavaScript, Java, Python, and Linux using their interactive platform. Earlier they were completely free but not they have a freemium model where some of their lessons or a course will only be available for paid members.

Currently, their Learn Python 2 course is free, and Python 3 course is only available for paid members. If you can afford and appreciate CodeCademy, by all means, subscribe, but if you can't just start with their Python 2 course, it's perfect for beginners having no coding experience.

free interactive course to learn Python online



2. Udemy
It's another popular online course platform, which probably has the biggest collection of an online course on earth. I like Udemy because you can virtually find a course on anything you want to learn and that too for free.

Unlike Codecademy, you don't need any subscription, you just need to create a free account, and then you can enroll in free Python courses. Most of the instructor keep their course free when they first launch them so that they can get some traction, reviews, and social proofs.

But, there are also good quality Python courses which are entirely free. You can join them to learn Python 3. Here are some of my favorite free classes to learn Python in depth.

The strong point of Udemy is that you get to learn from experts, but it's not as interactive as Codecademy. Though, if you like to learn from videos, there is no better place than Udemy. And if you can afford some money, you can also get awesome, bootcamp style courses like The Complete Python 3 Bootcamp at a throwaway price like $10 on their flash sales.

5 Websites to Learn Python for FREE



3. Google's Python Class
If you don't know, Google also has an excellent set of Python tutorials for beginners, known as Google's Python class. This is a free class for people with a little bit of programming experience and who want to learn Python. The course includes written tutorials, lecture videos, and lots of code exercises to practice Python coding.

The first exercises work on basic Python concepts like strings and lists, building up to the next exercises, which are full programs dealing with text files, processes, and http connections.

Google itself uses Python for a lot of its projects. And, these materials are generally used within Google to teach Python to people who have just started coding or have little programming experience.

The best part of this material is that lecture videos are available on Youtube. Hence you don't need any other account. It also teaches you to set up your own Python development environment, which does produce initial challenge but great for the long run.




4. Microsoft's Free Python Course
If Google has a Python class, then how come Microsoft can be left behind? Well, it also has a free Python course on Edx, another popular online portal for free education. This course is called Introduction to Python: Absolute Beginner, which is a free course to learn Python, taught by Eric Camplin, Senior Content Developer.

This course will teach you Python in Jupyter Notebooks, an online browser-based coding editor for Python, which means you don't need to install Python. It's a 5-week course with 3 to 4 hours of study every week.

This course is also part of the Microsoft Professional Program in Entry-Level Software Development, which is also free. You only need to pay when you need a certification. Something which you can add into your resume or LinkedIn profile as shown below:

best Python certification courses free



5. Coursera
If you want to learn from the world's leading universities without paying a single cent than Coursera is the place to go. It offers online courses taught on reputed universities like Stanford, INSEAD, NUS (National University of Singapore) and many more.

On top of that, it's has one of the most popular free course to learn Python - Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python).

This course will teach you Python 3 from ground zero. You don't need any prior programming experience as you will learn in the course. More than 850,000 students have already enrolled in this course and learned how to program, now it's your chance to benefit from it.

The course is also part the Python for Everybody Specialization on Coursera, which contains 4 more classes to learn Python in-depth like:
  1. Python Data Structure
  2. Using Python on Acces Web Data
  3. Using Database with Python 
  4. Capstone Project: Retrieving, Processing, and Visualizing Data with Python
All courses are free-to-audit, which means you can join them free and learn. But, you cannot participate in assignments and quizzes and won't get any certification until you pay.

Python for Everybody Coursera free course


If you want all those and accreditation, then you need to enroll in Specialization which is not free. If you can afford and appreciate the course, by all means, you should subscribe, its utterly worth of your time and money.

That's all about some of the websites where you can learn Python for FREE. All of these are awesome resources, and you can choose the one you like. You don't need to enroll in all of them, that would be ridiculous and time-consuming. Instead, choose the one which best suits your learning style.

For example, if you like interactive learning, choose CodeCademy, if you like non-formal video courses then choose Udemy and if you like structured education like in universities and school then choose Coursera.

And, if you like text-based learning, remember reading is faster than watching videos, then Google's Python class is best.

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Thanks for reading this article so far. If you like these websites, please share it with your friends and colleagues. If you have any questions or feedback, please drop a note.

All the best.

P. S. - If you just want to do one thing at this moment to kickstart your Python programming journey, just go and join The Complete Python 3 Bootcamp course by Jose Portilla on Udemy. You will learn Python quickly and never regret your decision.

2 comments :

amol mangla said...

Very nicely compiled. Is there any certification we can do after completing any of this course??

javin paul said...

Hello @Amol, you will get a certificate if you complete a specialization in Coursera.

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