How to Program: Computer Science Concepts and Python Exercises

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Professor John Keyser, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University
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What Will You Learn?

  • numbers Learn why Python is the ideal computer language for beginners.
  • numbers Discover the ease of writing loop programs and also the peril of getting stuck in infinite loops.
  • numbers Discover the trick of top-down design, which breaks a complex task into manageable parts and is applicable not just to coding but to any major project.
  • numbers Learn when a parameter or variable is in scope," how to work with data that is mutable, and what it means for parameters to have default values."
  • numbers Design a grid-based matching game and use pyglet to make a graphical version of the game.
  • numbers Utilize a Python module called turtle graphics to model robot motion, relying on the basic turtle commands: forward, backward, and turn left or right by a specified angle.

Course Overview

Learning a new language opens a wealth of opportunities. But there’s one language family that provides benefits like no other: the languages of computer programming. Now widely taught in schools—even in elementary schools—programming is an eminently learnable skill that gives you unrivalled problem-solving power you can apply in all areas of life. Programming is also a fun, creative activity that imparts deep insights into how we control the devices that influence virtually every aspect of our lives.

Writing computer code has truly gone mainstream in recent years. Simple, general-purpose computer languages that resemble English can be readily used by anyone, thanks to fundamental building blocks that allow even complete beginners to write short pieces of working code, while also taking the mystery and complexity out of more complicated scripts. Remarkable advances in hardware and in user interfaces mean that skills that were once highly technical, complicated, and difficult to learn are today within the reach of everyone who is willing to engage with a computer.

And now a pathbreaking guide is available with How to Program: Computer Science Concepts and Python Exercises. These 24 engaging and information-rich half-hour lessons use one of the world’s most accessible, popular, and powerful computer languages, Python 3, as a gateway to the universe of programming. Taught by Professor John Keyser of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, one of the top-ranked computer science programs in the country, this unique video course offers the following advantages:

  • From the very first lesson, Professor Keyser plunges you into Python coding and the concepts of computer science, with a friendly and accessible style that has won him numerous teaching awards.
  • The Python computer language (named after the comedy troupe Monty Python) is ideal for beginners, with code based on ordinary English words and the flexibility to create many useful and creative programs.
  • The course covers fundamental ideas with clarity and depth, teaching you programming from the most basic commands to the techniques that help you develop ambitious pieces of software.
  • Professor Keyser focuses on practical problem-solving, presenting dozens of real-life examples and exercises, walking you through solutions, and helping you practice and build your skills.

Following some of the lessons, Professor Keyser leads you through supplementary problems that reinforce key programming strategies. In addition, the guidebook that accompanies the course features dozens of additional drills and practice exercises, always with answers, together with a reference section that includes definitions of computer science terms, important Python commands, and other useful information. No matter what level of experience and skill you have with computers, you can rest assured that this course will suit your needs from the first step: walking you through how to install Python 3 and the programming editor PyCharm, both of which are available free online.

Programming Made Crystal Clear

Assuming no prior background in computer science, Professor Keyser’s lessons are so clear, carefully paced, and comprehensive that they will appeal to both novice and experienced programmers. Even those who use Python often will learn new and useful tips that fill gaps in their understanding, clarify concepts that were previously obscure, and broaden one-task tricks into versatile tools. As a result, this course is perfect for

  • beginners and students—from teenagers to retirees—who have never written a line of code;
  • self-taught programmers who want to deepen their knowledge of program design and make their code more efficient and elegant;
  • programmers new to Python, and Python users who want to upgrade their skills to the newest version of Python and more effectively exploit its many features;
  • professionals at any stage of their career who recognize the benefits of better understanding the technology that modern businesses rely on;
  • anyone wanting a fascinating insider’s perspective on how to think about all the ways we tell
  • those who never dreamed that coding could be as exciting, intellectually stimulating, and rewarding as it truly is.

Build Your Programming Fluency

There are numerous programming tutorials and videos available online, but they are generally brief or narrow, giving you only specific and specialized instructions without context. How to Program is a college-level course with more than a semester’s worth of material explored over 12 hours of lessons that you can pause, practice, and watch again as you hone your skills, guided by an expert teacher. And while you can find snippets of pre-written Python code online that may or may not work for your needs, this course takes you from writing individual lines of code to designing and thinking about code like a programmer, teaching you broadly applicable rules and tools that you use to create your own custom-made programs.

Professor Keyser begins with the basic code commands, and you start programming with him right away. In Lesson 1, you write a one-line program knowing just one command! You quickly build from there, mastering core principles and tools, including operators and variables, conditionals and loops, strings and files, functions, modules, packages, and more. By the end of the first half of the course, you will have tried out all of the most important fundamentals of programming.

The first half of the course provides the foundation of programming, while the second half of the course explores a wider range of applications and deeper principles, both of which also help you further consolidate your understanding of programming fundamentals. Applications include the coding behind games and graphics, as well as teaching you how to analyze sports statistics, simulate a retirement fund, and direct the path of a simple robot. Along the way, you get a feel for when to use a top-down design or a bottom-up strategy. You discover the power of object-oriented programming and the trade-offs of sequential programming versus event-driven programming. And you see for yourself how data structures and algorithms make possible even more powerful programs. Best of all, these and many other concepts become second nature as your programming fluency grows.

Discover a New World in Coding

“I got hooked writing my first simple computer program back in third grade,” recalls Professor Keyser. This course will show you how fun, creative, and empowering programming can be. Professor Keyser’s approach is clear, practical, and engaging—it’s easy to see why his teaching has been honored so many times. Throughout the course, he offers tips on how to be a better programmer, hard-won lessons from decades of coding, and reflections on the aspects of programming that are most rewarding:

  • Practical: Often it’s faster to write a program to perform a task, such as repeated calculations or opening two applications in tandem, than it is to track down an existing piece of software that does exactly what you need. And as your coding skill grows, you’ll find that you are creating unique programs that other people need.
  • Exhilarating: Figuring out how to apply the tools to solve each programming problem is a unique challenge, a puzzle that often has several solutions—but which is fastest, simplest, most efficient? Even debugging offers new and exciting mysteries to solve. When the pieces finally fall into place, you get a wonderful feeling of accomplishment that a mental model has been turned into working software.
  • Creative: Programming lets you express your creativity, allowing you to implement your ideas in code. And just as there is never simply one way to express a thought in a language, there are usually many ways to get a program to do what you want. A good design sense will point you to the optimum solution for your particular problem.
  • Transformational: Programming transforms the way you think, training you to look at problems logically, develop plans that can be followed sequentially, and recognize how to break down a complex task into more manageable pieces. All of these are useful approaches in areas outside of computing.

So, as with any new language, programming opens up a new world, while also influencing the way you look at your old, familiar world. It may be that as you work through the enjoyable and challenging exercises in How to Program, the most important benefit you are gaining is not only a toolkit to help you create your own programs in Python 3—it’s also a set of enhanced mental tools for every sphere of life.

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24 lectures
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  • 1
    What Is Programming? Why Python?
    Hello, World!" Following tradition, write a program that produces this greeting as your first exercise in coding a computer program. Learn why Python is the ideal computer language for beginners and many others. After this lesson, follow the onscreen instructions for installing Python and the programming editor PyCharm." x
  • 2
    Variables: Operations and Input/Output
    Study some of the basic operations of computers. First, investigate the memory hierarchy and what the CPU does. Then consider variables, which are like boxes where units of data are stored in a program. Look at simple arithmetic operations with variables, and try input/output commands. x
  • 3
    Conditionals and Boolean Expressions
    Any time a computer takes different paths depending on your response, there is usually a conditional statement involved. Delve into these widely used tools, looking at branching points, comparisons, if/then statements, nesting conditionals, and Boolean (true/false) expressions. x
  • 4
    Basic Program Development and Testing
    Take the plunge and write a program that's useful for saving money! In the process, learn the importance of planning ahead, testing often, and building your code incrementally. As your program takes shape, Professor Keyser describes instructive incidents from computer history and his own experience. x
  • 5
    Loops and Iterations
    One of the biggest thrills from writing code comes from getting a computer to perform a sequence of instructions repeatedly until a task is complete. Discover the ease of writing such loop programs and also the peril of getting stuck in infinite loops. Investigate while loops, for loops, and iterations. x
  • 6
    Files and Strings
    Learn the fundamentals of files: what they are, how they're named, and how to interact with them. Typically, the file format that you write to and read from will be one long string-a sequence of alphanumeric characters. See how these differ from binary files such as images, which are composed of 1s and 0s. x
  • 7
    Operations with Lists
    Python makes it very easy to create lists and perform a wide range of operations on them. Learn the fundamentals of building lists. Then experiment with indexing into lists, looping over lists, and making slices of lists, lists of lists, and list-like structures called tuples. x
  • 8
    Top-Down Design of a Data Analysis Program
    Take what you have learned about lists, loops, files, and other techniques and design a program that lets you analyze weather data. Sound daunting? Discover the trick of top-down design, which breaks a complex task into manageable parts and is applicable not just to coding but to any major project. x
  • 9
    Functions and Abstraction
    One of the key ideas in computer science is abstraction-using simple interfaces to manage complex procedures. See how functions can simplify away the details of complex process, freeing attention to focus on what goes into a function and what comes out. Learn when to use functions and the side effects that sometimes occur. x
  • 10
    Parameter Passing, Scope, and Mutable Data
    Complete your introduction to elementary programming by looking at parameters-the major technique for passing information through functions. Learn when a parameter or variable is in scope," how to work with list data that can change when passed as a parameter, and what it means for parameters to have default values." x
  • 11
    Error Types, Systematic Debugging, Exceptions
    Confront the nemesis of all computer programmers: bugs. First, look into the history of this peculiar term. Then take a systematic approach to solving mysterious glitches in your own programs. Get acquainted with the debugger in PyCharm, and explore strategies for tracking down bugs and fixing them. x
  • 12
    Python Standard Library, Modules, Packages
    Discover the remarkable programming tools called modules that you have at your fingertips with Python. Modules are ready-made programs that can be imported into your code as you write it, enhancing your creativity, expanding your options, and saving you time. Bundles of modules are called packages. x
  • 13
    Game Design with Functions
    Use the knowledge you've gained so far to design a grid-based matching game-an entertaining way to practice top-down development of more complex programs using functions. You'll see how rough-and-ready lines of code known as stubs come in very handy as you tackle such projects. x
  • 14
    Bottom-Up Design, Turtle Graphics, Robotics
    Now experiment with bottom-up design, an approach that starts with the available elements and builds from there. Utilize a Python module called turtle graphics to model robot motion, relying on the basic turtle commands: forward, backward, and turn left or right by an angle you specify. x
  • 15
    Event-Driven Programming
    Explore the visual style of programming seen on the web and in the graphical user interface of an operating system. Get started with pyglet, a Python package created to help support development of games and other audio-visual environments. Use pyglet to make a graphical version of the game from Lesson 13. x
  • 16
    Visualizing Data and Creating Simulations
    Delve into data visualization and simulations-two areas where computers have had a revolutionary but under-recognized impact. Learn how to do both with matplotlib, a Python package for creating plots, graphs, and charts. Use it to design a financial simulation that can help you plan your retirement. x
  • 17
    Classes and Object-Oriented Programming
    Learn about an exciting approach to programming called object-oriented design, which bundles functions together with data into a series of objects, whose tools and properties can be defined in a single class. Try your hand at this powerful technique by constructing a bank account program. x
  • 18
    Objects with Inheritance and Polymorphism
    Dig deeper into object-oriented design, seeing how encapsulation-combining data and the functions that deal with data into a single package-is the basis for two other object-oriented features: inheritance and polymorphism. Apply these ideas to sports statistics. x
  • 19
    Data Structures: Stack, Queue, Dictionary, Set
    Data structures allow you to perform operations more effectively. Start with two of the most basic data structures, stacks and queues, discovering that both can be executed using lists. Then move to non-linear data structures, exemplified by dictionaries and sets, which can be implemented using a hash table. x
  • 20
    Algorithms: Searching and Sorting
    Enter the realm of algorithms, the heart of computer science. See how a well-designed algorithm-a general set of steps that accomplish a task-allows you to work out the logic of a program before you commit it to code. Try this with search and sort exercises. x
  • 21
    Recursion and Running Times
    Expand your study of algorithms to cover recursion, one of the most fascinating ideas in computer science. Apply recursion to form a pair of sorting algorithms. Then see how another approach, iteration, excels at tasks that take too long with recursion, such as calculating the Fibonacci sequence. x
  • 22
    Graphs and Trees
    In computing, a graph is a mathematical structure composed of vertices and edges. Discover its incredible power to capture relationships such as the airline routes between cities and the friends in a social network. Try writing programs utilizing graphs and a special type of graph called trees. x
  • 23
    Graph Search and a Word Game
    Examine a famous graph algorithm called breadth-first search, which shows the shortest path connecting nodes in a tree. Use this technique to write a program creating an entertaining game, in which a word is transformed one letter at a time, with each new iteration required to be a valid word. x
  • 24
    Parallel Computing Is Here
    One of the major trends in the present and future of computing is parallel processing. Put this clever technique to work in Python. Then close the course with Professor Keyser's suggestions for your further explorations of programming, along with his reflections on the personal benefits of this remarkable human achievement. x

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John Keyser, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University
Dr. John Keyser is a Professor and the Associate Department Head for Academics in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, where he has taught since earning his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina. As an undergraduate, he earned three bachelor’s degrees—in Computer Science, Engineering Physics, and Applied Math—from Abilene Christian University. Dr....
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How to Program: Computer Science Concepts and Python Exercises is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 158.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wouldn't work on my computer I downloaded both the Idle & PyCharm programs, but was unable to get them to function correctly. Tried to install earlier versions of Python, but only available was 3.8.2. Suggest buying episode 1 on Prime video and make sure computer is compatable with suggested downloads before purchasing entire course.
Date published: 2020-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial Here are my 2 cents comments and suggestions: 1) Very great Course Guidebook with 24 lectures. 2) Great Videos, but only 10! 3) No guide to match/map the the videos with Guide Book!? 4) How about a simple additional text file that explain the difference of the recent python, idle, and pycharm versions? Jolan Tru!
Date published: 2020-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Python Programming I congratulate Dr Keyser and the production team on his Python and C++ courses. I am delighted to write they where comprehensive in covering the computer languages. Each course began with basic use examples for each language and progressed to advanced real world applications. Dr Keyser opens each lecture by explaining what is to be covered and provides examples of coding process steps. Then he asks the viewer/student to try what has been explained on their own. He subsequently follows up with an explanation of his working example.
Date published: 2020-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Updating It’s been quite a while since I tried my hand at programming (Fortran, Cobal, and PL1) so it was with some trepidation that I approached Professor Keyser’s course on Python. I needn’t have worried. With John’s guidance It all came together beautifully. I thoroughly enjoyed the course.
Date published: 2020-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great instructor, CS 101 feel Instructor is very good. Enjoys his subject, which comes across in his natural, even energetic delivery. Uses clear examples and light humor. Effective pacing. Has organized his content well, both within and across lessons. The content wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, although for what it set out to do it was well-designed. I wanted more “programming in Python” but got more “concepts in computing.” I felt the course has a first part, introducing coding and Python basics; a second part, where we used Python to design tools and games I might actually use or enjoy; and then a very long third part, where we studied how to solve computing challenges that illustrated an important concept in computer science. It reminded me of undergrad intro courses where the first half (before add/drop!) is for a general audience and the second half is for majors. Because the material was well-designed, I got something from that third part, although increasingly I found myself losing focus and wondering, “Why am I being taught this?” Examples are the many lessons spent exploring sorting algorithms and the mapping lessons. I recognized these were illustrating important principles of programming and showed the variety of problem-solving approaches possible, but because the examples weren’t practical or fun I soon tired of them, and Python and coding again became this distant thing for specialists. I would have preferred continuing to learn how to build more tools and games I might use, even at the cost of learning these principles.
Date published: 2020-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Computer Programming I needed the workshop for my autistic son. He is pursuing College studies in Computer Programming. So, the tutorial is good for exposure.
Date published: 2020-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Outdated instructions for PyCharm IDE The PyCharm IDE that the instructor recommends for doing the programming exercises has features that are new since the course was written. The interface is no longer straightforward to use. For the purposes of the simple programs in this course PyCharm IDE is overkill. The instructions given in the lecture for how to use PyCharm no longer apply. It was very difficult to figure out how to write and run a simple "Hello, World" program in this IDE.
Date published: 2020-02-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Have issue with download files Not able to download the files from ‘save as’ instruction. Only one or two files are dowloadable, but it’s not in .mp4 format, but in .webarchive format. It is difficult to open those files. Please advise on a means to resolve the issues. Regards, Manit Churanakoses
Date published: 2020-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How to program in Python . The lesson are great . I think for $25-$35 dollars this set of video lesson is a great value and has add to my skills to program in Python.
Date published: 2020-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to Understand I am new to programming and computer science. I bought this course to help me understand the concepts better. I am glad I did. Professor Keyser explains the basics in an easy to understand format. I have only watched chapter 1 so far, but I am looking forward to watching the other chapters. I bought the book with the DVD and doing the exercises helps cement the concepts in my mind.
Date published: 2020-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Far Just started the book and watched a little of first video. All looks good so far except the light gray font in the guide book. Why make it so hard to read? Will update review as I get more into the materials.
Date published: 2020-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great overview of Python I've been using Smalltalk for about 30 years so wanted to get a view into Python. I liked the way the class built on itself as John presented each session.
Date published: 2020-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Program Professor Keyser is an excellent lecturer and provides a very professional course presentation. Very pleased with this program.
Date published: 2020-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An error in Lecture 3 At 13:43 there's an error in line 8 of the code. Please get back to me on that. I am not rating. I just want to bring this to your attention.
Date published: 2019-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive coverage of capabilities of Python I was familiar with programming in Fortran when I retired from engineering over 20 years ago. Now my 11 year old grandson is interested in programming in order to create games, so we wanted to learn programming with a modern language like Python. We started with a book we found in our local library and we were on our way to Python programming. Professor Keyser's course is amazingly complete and consequently requires effort in reviewing and doing the exercises provided. This is always a needed educational step. I think that his explanations and discussions of programming techniques are excellent.
Date published: 2019-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well explained and fun I am a 80 years old woman trained and worked as a petroleum engineer when young. Sixty years ago at university was the Fortran language. Amazing and a pleasant surprise the programming languages have not changed much.
Date published: 2019-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great learning tool Like being in the class room. Enjoyed watching the video
Date published: 2019-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What We Wanted to Know Took advantage of first time customer sale and purchased some DVDs on topics of interest. Learning a lot about computer programming in Python. Great Courses instructors always present materials in a clear, organized manner, covering all the topics needed. Highly recommend The Great Courses.
Date published: 2019-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Course This is a well thought out 'learn to program' course using Python as a free, publicly available language. It begins by demonstrating programming procedures using "pseudocode" then transitioning to Python. Pseudocode is not a programming language, it is common English used to demonstrate concepts and procedures, and not expected to be executable. There may be small errors between the Python code on screen, and what version of Python you are using. Although, if you have programmed before you may find this class initially slow (because it's for beginners). However, after it lesson 3, it starts moving right along at a nice clip. My recommendation for beginners is to read the chapter from the guidebook first, watch the video , then do the suggested exercises and move on to the next video. That would take about an hour. The dark screen with white print requires a bright room, and a high resolution screen. .
Date published: 2019-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Course for Beginners Like Me This is a very good for beginners like me. I haven't gotten past lesson 7 right now, but I'm learning a lot about Python and brushing the rust off of programming itself. (My last official programming course was Fortran IV on punched cards. ;) I wish that the course guidebook included the code that Professor Keyser displays on the screen. I have difficulty reading it for entry into my Python IDE. But I still give this course a 5-star rating and recommend it to anyone interested in programming and/or Python.
Date published: 2019-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great class! I bought this a couple weeks ago, and I use it to study along with my other homework! Great stuff!
Date published: 2019-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Course and Professor I purchased the DVD series and coursebook for this program, and I'm very satisfied with the material. These 24 lectures enabled me to improve my professional skills specifically with Computer Programming in Python, but also with overall Computer Science concepts needed in today's business world. Also, Dr. John Keyser is a highly skilled professor who explains each topic very well.
Date published: 2019-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little dated The program is about 3 years old now, so the book doesn't really match the latest version of the Python software and PyCharm.
Date published: 2019-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just what I expected. This course provides basic computer concepts with an easy to understand presentation of Python for the beginner or the experienced at any level. Makes a great reference too.
Date published: 2019-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Training Good training material. Not for beginners, more for someone with some knowledge of programming. Took sometime to figure out how PyCharm works.
Date published: 2019-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding educational tool. I'm at lesson 18 of 24. But I keep going back to the earlier lessons because there are so many little details Prof. Keyser mentions that I didn't fully appreciate until I was working on the more complicated exercises. The Prof. is clear, precise, and efficient in his presentation. The graphics are generally in a consistent format throughout the course, which is a big help. I'm retired from many years of working in Fortran, Visual Basic, SAP and lots more. So I'm looking at Python from the point of view of how it makes it easier (and more fun!) to do things I was often doing in the earlier languages. Also catching up on object-oriented, which Prof. Keyser delivers with remarkable clarity. I don't like to dismiss the problems many of the reviewers reported, because I might be more tolerant than someone new to coding. But honestly, it only took me an hour or so to get Python and PyCharm up and running on my Windows 10 laptop. Both work perfectly. And both are incredibly loaded with features, so this isn't something anyone is going to fully learn in a weekend. The "typos"? Yeah i found a few. But nothing that affects the terrific usefulness and fun of taking this course. It's worth a thousand times what I paid.
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keep them coming I got this course about 3 weeks ago. Every minute of it was good. I truly learned a lot that books and YouTube videos cannot teach. Professor Keyser has an effective teaching style that is engaging. I would recommend this course to anyone that wants to learn programming from the ground up. If you stop the video and work his examples until you understand you will have some skills at the end of the series. I do nothing close to programming for a living but enjoy it like a hobby. Python is the way to go. I binge watched this like Game of Thrones. Can he do a series on web serving with Python?
Date published: 2019-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable course Very happy with the format and video instructor. A great pace to learn and the lectures are the perfect length to retain the information that was presented. I would like to see some "homework" assignments so that the student can practice what was taught is the lessons
Date published: 2019-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Introduction to programming in Pythin This an intro to Python; you will not become an expert by just watching. Programming like algebra requires blood, sweat and cursing--- but when you see the results the effort is worth. This course will touch on the high of top down, bottom up and object oriented programming. You will need additional resources to become an effective Python programmer; many of these are available online for free on various websites. The concepts presented are well done. There is a lot of information here but it is only 12 hours. Examples are presented clearly. I have been streaming the course and the programming examples are not as clear as they could be. I just looked at the DVDs and they are much easier to read. You could consider Python as the current BASIC with lots of features and fairly easy to program. It is platform independent; the compiler and IDE are available free to download.
Date published: 2019-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good Course! I'm only part of the way through this course, and I'm learning! I'm 77 years old, and still learning! This course seems well laid out, and the instructor is very clear and easy to understand. The examples are understandable as well, with every day implications that are easy to grasp. I do have some prior background in computers, retired from 30 years in the IT industry, but I never really got into programming. I'm enjoying this!
Date published: 2019-01-20
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