As I was reading and gathering information about the R programming language, I discovered Python. Python was something I was looking for in the past- easy to learn, powerful and related to math and science. R seems better for statistics and python is touted as easier to learn than other languages.
Learning Python and R
Long story short, I’m learning python to program and using R for statistics. I intend to use R for when I take a graduate statistics class soon. As a science teacher, I am enjoying my walk back on Math Street. As for R, I can now run many test using the R code and I am teaching myself to write a function using statistics.
So I figured the best way for me to learn Python was to take a class somewhere, preferable online. I found an online python class that was just what I was looking for. The Python class is at Udemy and is taught by Zed Shaw. The price was $29.00. I feel it’s worth the price as he is an expert programmer and I need some structure when I’m learning. The class consist of reading lessons in his PDF ebook and watching videos. There is also a place to ask questions and get feedback on the site.
My first Python program
I’ve completed the first week’s lessons which includes getting Python up and running, working with the terminal and terminal commands and writing my first program. For this class I’m going to use both WingIDE and the Mac terminal for Python programming. As I go along, I’ll work more with the terminal.
I hope to learn a great deal in this Python class so I can continue my studies in statistics, R and programming.