If you’re looking for a Python training course, the choices can seem bewildering and overwhelming. There are actually sites on the web that claim they can teach you Python in less than half an hour! That’s nonsense, of course. But you’d be surprised how many people fall for that sort of advertising tactic. (Don’t be one of them.)
On the other hand, there are also three day boot camps which cost a thousand dollars and up (plus hundreds of dollars in plane fare, hotel and dining costs). These are legitimate, and many of them offer excellent training, but for most people they’re not really the best choice. These boot camp style events are best if you a) already have quite a bit of experience in programming other computer languages and b) need to learn Python in a hurry for a work assignment. In fact, it’s likely that most of the people attending these boot camps aren’t paying their own tuition – their employers are paying for them to attend.
But what if you’re a complete newbie with Python? What if you want to learn this versatile and cutting edge language but you don’t have any experience in programming, let alone a couple thousand dollars to spend on a boot camp? Are there any Python training courses that are suitable for you? Yes, there are! Some are better than others, of course. Here are some tips to help you choose a good Python training course or book: Make sure it’s really suited for true beginners – many books and courses use the word “beginners” very loosely. They may be assuming you have a little bit of experience with Python, just not advanced knowledge of the language. You’ve got to double check that before purchasing. Make sure the lessons are short and easy to digest, so that you can proceed rapidly, but without getting overwhelmed. Price is another important consideration. You shouldn’t pay more than $100 for a beginner’s Python course. Some companies charge more, because Python training is such a hot market right now, but you can find a great beginner’s course in Python for well under $100.