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Learn to Program: The Fundamentals

Coursera · University of Toronto · 3 HN points · 3 HN comments

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Behind every mouse click and touch-screen tap, there is a computer program that makes things happen. This course introduces the fundamental building blocks of programming and teaches you how to write fun and useful programs using the Python language.

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These courses are for beginners, but I started with what I learned from a few courses in Coursera and turned it into a career as a software engineer. and from Jennifer Campbell and Paul Gries from the University of Toronto laid a great foundation to build on. I think I took them the first time they offered it and I still don't understand how they completely nailed a new medium like that first try. It was very accessible, but with enough detail to make sense and the videos were so clear and concise. The Python one from Rice University, is a fun, awesome course, where you build games to learn.
how did you turn it into a career?
I extracted everything I could from those courses, which served as a basic comp sci foundation, saw that I was pretty good at it, took a few more not-as-important courses, then applied to a challenging coding bootcamp. I passed the coding tests, got in, worked and learned the hardest I have ever done so before for a few months, and continued studying on my own for a couple months. Then I applied for a job that required a practical coding test, knew someone at the company so they would at least give me a chance, and crushed the coding challenge. I was almost optimally prepared for the job and hit the ground running, while having no official credentials. It's been great since then. The only drawback is that I don't have the broad depth of knowledge/experience that I imagine can come from a CS degree. So I am planning on getting a masters.
Learn to Program: The Fundamentals by U of T on Coursera

Did not see any other mentions. It was excellent.

Aug 09, 2013 · 3 points, 0 comments · submitted by jeremylevy
Sep 26, 2012 · adrianmn on Python is doing just fine
Also started this week with 50k online students: Learn to Program: The Fundamentals (pyton from 0) -
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