Learn the Python programming language

Python is a general-purpose high-level programming language, with remarkable power and a very clear syntax, and perhaps its greatest strength, the standard library.

I’ve been wanting to learn Python for a long time now, and found these two excellent resources:


PythonTurtle is probably the lowest-threshold way to learn Python. From the website:

PythonTurtle strives to provide the lowest-threshold way to learn (or teach) Python. Students command an interactive Python shell (similar to the IDLE development environment) and use Python functions to move a turtle displayed on the screen. An illustrated help screen introduces the student to the basics of Python programming while demonstrating how to move the turtle.

Download it from the official PythonTurtle website.

Dive Into Python 3

Dive into Python 3 is a revised and re-released book for Python 3, freely licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license! It covers everything from installing to porting code to Python 3.

You can download it as HTML or PDF from, or you can get a hardcopy.

Edit: Popular and often overlooked resource is The Python Tutorial.

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2 responses to “Learn the Python programming language

    1. Hi Amit. The PythonTurtle environment is meant for beginners and children, but it is actually a full Python shell, and you can do with it anything you can with a standard Python shell. You can make loops, define functions, create classes, etc.

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