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This course is designed to help students with very little or no computing background learn the basics of building simple interactive applications. Our language of choice, Python, is an easy-to learn, high-level computer language that is used in many of the computational courses offered on Coursera. To make learning Python easy, we have developed a new browser-based programming environment that makes developing interactive applications in Python simple. These applications will involve windows whose contents are graphical and respond to buttons, the keyboard and the mouse.

The primary method for learning the course material will be to work through multiple ""mini-projects"" in Python. To make this class enjoyable, these projects will include building fun games such as Pong, Blackjack, and Asteroids. When you’ve finished our course, we can’t promise that you will be a professional programmer, but we think that you will learn a lot about programming in Python and have fun while you’re doing it.
Course Details:
  • Instructors: Joe Warren, Scott Rixner, John Greiner, Stephen Wong
  • School: Rice University
  • Subject: Computers & Technology
  • Publisher: Coursera
  • Price:FREE
  • Certificate:No
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  • Starts: 15 September, 2014
  • Ends: 17 November, 2014
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George Allen

November 5, 2013

This is the first MOOC I took. I knew nothing about game programming, nothing about Python (although I had programmed professionally in COBOL for many years), but thought I would give the course a shot anyway. I am extremely happy I did. The course was exceptionally well done by a team of knowledgeable guys with great senses of humor. Each game built on the previous so you were never overwhelmed with new material, ending with a pretty impressive asteroids game. In the end, I felt like I had a pretty good grasp of Python and understood the mechanics of game programming. Since then I have taken a C# gaming course on Coursera which I don't think I could have handled without the background of a course like this. These instructors are really good - I highly recommend their course.

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Balaji L R

November 3, 2013

I took this as a rebound course. I failed badly with the 1st week assignment of Introduction to Data Science due to lack of Python knowledge. So, I enrolled for this course, hoping to get versed with Python before the next offering of Introduction to Data Science. And this Course was awesome. The first week gave a glimpse of what we will be building as the last Programming assignment; a Python version of Asteroids game; and I thought I will drop out since that seemed very tough with my total lacking Python skills. But when the last week came, the game development was a piece of cake. What stands out in this course is the Professors' "cool" way of approaching concepts with a Joke here and a Joke there. I really think this is the best Python course out there for beginners. One more thing. Now I think Python is the best Programming language out there.

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