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Resources for learning Python in 2020

carolstran profile image Carolyn Stransky Originally published at ・Updated on ・2 min read

Earlier this week, I learned that I'll be working less on unmock-js and more our latest open-source namesake, Meeshkan. The main difference? Meeshkan is written in Python... which I've never used before πŸ™€

So I asked folks on Twitter for their favorite Python resources and gathered them into a little list (in no particular order). Enjoy!

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Books πŸ“š

Courses ✏️

Tutorials πŸ“ƒ

Videos πŸ“Ή

Your Recommendations πŸ’¬

Have any resources you think should be on this list? Comment below!


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Very helpfull thanks πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ I just want to know if it's efficient to balance between these resources or just take one and focus on it ? Cs I tried the first one and I got completely lost and I don't want to be like a butterfly flying from course to another,, any advices it's will be extremely helpfull!

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Carolyn Stransky Author

Thanks for commenting ☺️ I would guess that it depends on your learning style and what exactly you’re trying to learn.

I personally tend to stick with one resources when I’m doing more general language learning (like now I’m doing Codecademy for Python) then move on if it either isn’t working for me or I’ve gotten what I need out of it.

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Thanks again and thanks for ur time wish u a good luck ! πŸ˜‰

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Orlando Lara

Hello Carolyn. Actually, the Python 3 course in Codecademy is pretty good. I finished the Computer Science path there, which is 100% python. Depending on what you will be doing, you can take that route, or the Data Science Path, which is also in Python.

About the books, everybody talks about Automate the boring Stuff, i have it but it's still in my TODO list. Personally, i don't like long lists, it leads to procrastination 🀣 just pick one and go, you won't be wrong.

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Carolyn Stransky Author

Yeah I’m working through the Learn Python 3 course on Codecademy now and enjoying it! I didn’t know the CS route was all Python, I’ll have to look into that as well. Thanks for the tip πŸ’

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Nikita Sobolev

I would also recommend to use a good linter to make sure that you learn ideomatic python from the very start.

My tool of choice is wemake-python-styleguide. Check it out:

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The strictest and most opinionated python linter ever!

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Welcome to the strictest and most opinionated python linter ever.

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wemake-python-styleguide is actually a flake8 plugin with some other plugins as dependencies.


pip install wemake-python-styleguide

You will also need to create a setup.cfg file with the configuration.

We highly recommend to also use:

  • flakehell for easy integration into a legacy codebase
  • nitpick for sharing and validating configuration across multiple projects



This app is still just good old flake8 And it won't change your existing workflow.

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See "Usage" section in the docs for examples and integrations.

We also support Github Actions as first class-citizens Try it out!

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The ultimate goal of this project is to make all people write exactly the same python code.

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