Python Tutorial for Beginners: Introduction

Are you ready to learn Python programming with my Python tutorial for beginners? We’ll dive into the basics and work our way up to advanced concepts. We cover a diverse set of topics, as you’ll soon discover. If you’re in a hurry to learn Python, continue with the next page to learn what Python is and what features make it such a great language.

Why should you read this beginner’s Python tutorial?

I admit there are many terrific tutorials out there. Why should you read this one, instead of the others?

Here are a few reasons:

  • This tutorial is easy to read and ideal for beginning programmers. No fancy prose is to be found here. Instead, people tell me I explain stuff in simple terms, making it easy to understand for everyone.
  • This Python tutorial is practical. I kept the dry theory to an absolute minimum and focused on getting stuff done in the real world instead. But at the same time, I try to explain how things really work instead of teaching you tricks.
  • On most pages, I provide you with carefully vetted links to deepen your knowledge.
  • Where appropiate, I include interactive examples that you can run and adapt right from the webpage.
  • Did I mention it’s completely free to use this Python tutorial?

What you will learn from this tutorial

You will learn about computer programming using the Python language. My goal is to make you understand the language and the ecosystem. After reading this Python tutorial, you will be able to continue exploring Python on your own. You won’t feel lost, but instead, you will know where to look when you’re trying to solve a problem.

To reach this goal, this Python tutorial covers a broad range of topics that will get you productive with Python. I won’t teach you just the basics, but we’ll also tip our toes in deploying your code and properly using virtual environments, for example.

Navigating the Python tutorial

You can browse the tutorial by using the tutorial menu. There are navigational links at the top and end of each page to guide you to the next topic, or go back to the previous one.

The tutorial has several sections. I carefully ordered them so that you can start from the beginning and work your way up, but feel free to browse around! For reference, here’s a global walkthrough of the sections:

  1. Install Python: learn how to install and open Python.
  2. Introduction to Python: start with the basics! This section is suitable for absolute beginners, but I recommend everyone to browse through it before continuing with the other sections. You’ll learn about Python variables, strings, functions, conditional programming with booleans, loops, and more.
  3. Creating Python programs: when you know the basics, it’s time to create actual programs. For this, you need a proper Python IDE like VSCode with Python extensions.
  4. Classes and objects: a continuation of the introduction to Python. This subject is essential knowledge, and I advise you not to skip it.
  5. Python data types: in this section, we take a closer look at Python data types like strings, integers, tuples, sets, lists, and dictionaries.
  6. Virtual environments: these are an important part of Python, so we have a comprehensive section on how to create, use, and delete a venv. We’ll also look at installing packages with Pip, and we’ll dive into some tools to make life easier, like Pipenv.
  7. Data science using Python: we offer a learning path to using Python for data science, with links to articles from Python Land and external resources. We’ll also look at Jupyter Notebooks, which are ideal for this type of work.

I also included a few bonus sections on related topics, like using the Unix shell.

This tutorial is constantly evolving. New pages are added weekly, and I’m working on a couple of awesome features to improve the learning experience. Make sure to check back regularly and sign up for the newsletter to stay up-to-date!

Who am I?

Good question! What makes me eligible to teach you Python?

I’m Erik, and I’ve been a professional software engineer for more than 25 years. I used many programming languages in my career, but Python is my absolute favorite! I love programming and building complex systems, but I also love to write. That’s why I decided to combine these two by writing this tutorial and creating this website.

You can also follow and find me on Medium, where I regularly write Python programming-related articles.

How you can help

You, yes, that’s you, can help me improve this tutorial. As you know, it’s hard to spot your own mistakes. If you:

  • find any mistake,
  • something that can be improved,
  • or something that is unclear to you,

please tell me through the contact form. If it’s unclear to you, it’s probably unclear to many, so it needs improving. Don’t hesitate to drop me a message; I love hearing from my readers.

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    print("Alright, let's get started!")

About Erik van Baaren

Erik is the owner of Python Land and the author of many of the articles and tutorials on this website. He's been working as a professional software developer for 25 years, and he holds a Master of Science degree in computer science. His favorite language of choice: Python! Writing good articles takes time and effort. Did you like this tutorial? You can buy him a coffee to show your appreciation.

6 thoughts on “Python Tutorial for Beginners: Introduction”

  1. Is no lie, after going throughout your tutorial its just …. Thank you
    It’s just beautiful, short and yet very informative.
    Keep it up bro.
    I guess after 25 yrs I’ll be as monstrous as you if you know what I mean.

  2. First of all: thank you so *very* *much* for this tutorial. I first learned to program in 1981 in BASIC and have really only done no more than dabble in programming throughout my life. I have recently started using Linux and realized the greater amount of control I am given in such a space. I also knew that learning how to program afresh, in general, and using python, specifically, would be an enormous step forward in that control. So, thank you for your clear, easy to understand tutorial and for the obvious care you have put into Python Land’s resources overall.

    So, my comment is only meant to help improve an already terrific resource.

    While reading the tutorial on “for” and “while” loops, I think I found a mistake. The text reads:
    “It’s easy to make a mistake here and find yourself caught in an infinite while-loop. This means the expression never evaluates to True.”

    I think you mean that the expression never evaluates to *False*. I’m happy to be wrong — I have been at many times in my life! — But I think this is what you mean. Cheers!

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