Microsoft Launches New Python Video Series

Posted on September 19, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Dev with 25 Comments

Microsoft has launched a free new video series on YouTube called Python for Beginners.

“We won’t cover everything there is to know about Python in the course, [but] we want to make sure we give you the foundation on programming in Python, starting from common everyday code and scenarios,” Microsoft senior program manager Christopher Harrison announced. “At the end of the course, you’ll be able to go and learn on your own, following along docs, tutorials, books, etc. We promise we’re keeping things quick and to the point, so you can dive straight into the areas that you’re most interested in (or confused by!).”

There are 44 episodes in the series, but each is only a few minutes long, so you should be able to get through it pretty quickly. Based on the description, the series is aimed at those who know other programming languages and perhaps learned via school, a book, or an online resource, and want to learn Python.

“Picking up a new language is a common situation for modern-day developers,” Harrison continues. “The days of going your entire career focused on one language are long since gone. Fortunately, concepts typically don’t change as you move from one programming language to the next. Sure, the syntax might be different, but an if statement is still an if statement even when it’s written using { } or End If. So, we don’t need to learn how to program, but rather how to program in a new language.”

Sounds good to me. You can find Python for Beginners on YouTube.

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