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.
- Instructors: Joe Warren, Scott Rixner, John Greiner, Stephen Wong
- School: Rice University
- Subject: Computers & Technology
- Publisher: Coursera
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- Starts: 15 September, 2014
- Ends: 17 November, 2014
Course Reviews (3)
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.
Balaji L R
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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