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Best Python Resources

The Python community is amazing at sharing detailed resources and helping beginners learn to program with the language. There are so many resources out there though that it can be difficult to know how to find them.

This page aggregates the best general Python resources with descriptions of what they provide to readers.

If you prefer to learn by watching videos check out the best Python videos. You may also be interested in reading about development environments to use for coding.

New to programming

If you're learning your first programming language these books were written with you in mind. Developers learning Python as a second or later language should skip down to the next section for "experienced developers".

Python for specific occupations

Python is powerful for many professions. If you're seeking to use Python in a specific field, one of these guides may be the most appropriate for you.

  • Python for Social Scientists contains a textbook, course outline and slides for a college course that taught social scientists to use Python for their profession.

  • Practical Business Python is a blog that covers topics such as how to automate generating large Excel spreadsheets or perform analysis when your data is locked in Microsoft Office files.

  • Python for the Humanities is a textbook and course on the basics of Python and text processing. Note if you've never worked with Python before the material ramps up quickly after the first chapter so you will likely want to combine it with some other introduction to Python resources.

  • Practical Python for Astronomers provides open source workshop materials for teaching students studying astronomy to use Python for data analysis.

Experienced developers new to Python

If you can already program in another language, these resources are better for getting up to speed because they are more concise when explaining introductory topics.

  • Learn Python in y minutes provides a whirlwind tour of the Python language. The guide is especially useful if you're coming in with previous software development experience and want to quickly grasp how the language is structured.

  • Developers familiar with other languages often have difficulty adapting to accepted Python code style. Make sure to read the PEP8 code style guidelines as well as The Elements of Python Style to know the Python community standards.

  • How to Develop Quality Python Code is a good read to begin learning about development environments, application dependencies and project structure.

  • The Python module of the week chapters are a good way to get up to speed with the standard library. Doug Hellmann is also now updating the list for changes brought about from the upgrade to Python 3 from 2.x.

  • Kenneth Reitz's The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Python contains a wealth of information both on the Python programming language and the community.

  • Good to Great Python Reads is a collection of intermediate and advanced Python articles around the web focused on nuances and details of the Python language itself.

Videos, screencasts and presentations

Videos from conferences and meetups along with screencasts are listed on the best Python videos page.

Curated Python packages lists

  • awesome-python is an incredible list of Python frameworks, libraries and software. I wish I had this page when I was just getting started.

  • easy-python is like awesome-python although instead of just a Git repository this site is in the Read the Docs format.

Podcasts

  • Talk Python to Me focuses on the people and organizations coding on Python. Each episode features a different guest interviewee to talk about his or her work.

  • Podcast.__init__ is another podcast on "about Python and the people who make it great".

Newsletters

  • Python Weekly is a free weekly roundup of the latest Python articles, videos, projects and upcoming events.

  • PyCoder's Weekly is another great free weekly email newsletter similar to Python Weekly. The best resources are generally covered in both newsletters but they often cover different articles and projects from around the web.

  • Import Python is a newer newsletter than Python Weekly and PyCoder's Weekly. So far I've found this newsletter often pulls from different sources than the other two. It's well worth subscribing to all three so you don't miss anything.

Those resources should help you get started. What's next?

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