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Introduction to Programming

Nanodegree Program

Welcome to the world of programming! Learn the skills that all programmers use, whether they build apps, web pages, or analyze data.

Welcome to the world of programming! Learn the skills that all programmers use, whether they build apps, web pages, or analyze data.

Beginner

4 months

Real-world Projects

Completion Certificate

Last Updated June 20, 2024

Skills you'll learn:
Control flow in Python • Command line interface basics • Python functions • Object-oriented Python
Prerequisites:

No experience required

Courses In This Program

Course 1 1 hour

Welcome and Orientation

Welcome to the Introduction to Programming Nanodegree program. This is your first step on your journey to become a programmer. Learn what this program is all about as well as how to find support along your learning journey.

Lesson 1

Welcome and Orientation

In this lesson, we'll introduce you to your instructors, give you an overview of what you'll be learning, and tell you how to get help and support when you need it.

Lesson 2

Get Help with Your Account

What to do if you have questions about your account or general questions about the program.

Course 2 1 month

Introduction to Web Development

Get acquainted with how the web works! Learn about your browser, the internet, and a filetype called HTML. HTML stands for "Hypertext Markup Language." HTML is the language used to create webpages. Learn the basics of HTML to create a simple web page!

Lesson 1

The Web and HTML

In this lesson, we'll be exploring how to create web pages—and, along the way, you'll learn some important concepts about how computer languages work.

Lesson 2

Basic HTML Page

In this first lab, you'll demonstrate your understanding of HTML basics by turning your notes from the lesson into a working HTML web page.

Lesson 3

Styling with CSS

Learn how to add style to your website by using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Lesson 4 • Project

Animal Trading Cards

Use your knowledge of HTML and CSS to create a web-based trading card depicting your favorite animal.

Course 3 1 month

Introduction to Programming with Python I

Learn basic programming with Python, one of the most versatile and widely used programming languages! You'll first learn core programming concepts and fundamental Python syntax by writing code to make a virtual "turtle" robot draw colorful shapes on the screen. You'll then learn how to write Python functions, run Python from a Command-Line Interface (CLI), manipulate strings and lists, and refactor your code to improve its structure and make it more modular.

Lesson 1

Introduction to VS Code workspaces

Lesson 2

Turtles and Code

Get started learning core programming concepts with Python, while writing instructions to make a virtual "turtle" robot draw colorful shapes on the screen.

Lesson 3

Python Functions

Expand your knowledge of Python by learning to write functions and conditional statements.

Lesson 4

Shell Workshop

The Unix shell is a powerful tool for developers of all sorts. In this lesson, you'll get a quick introduction to the very basics of using it on your own computer.

Lesson 5

Python at Home

Install Python on your own computer so you can write code anytime!

Lesson 6

Strings and Lists

Learn to work with strings and text in your Python code.

Lesson 7

Style and Structure

Get practice writing longer programs, and improving their structure and style.

Lesson 8 • Project

Adventure Game

Demonstrate your Python skills by coding a simple version of an old-fashioned text-based adventure game.

Course 4 4 weeks

Introduction to Programming with Python II

Continue to advance your skills as a beginning programmer! Python is one of the most versatile and widely used programming languages. In this second-level course, you will build on your understanding of fundamental Python and learn some more advanced skills, including how to work with files on your computer's disk and how to use Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) to create classes, objects, and methods.

Lesson 1

Introduction

In this lesson, we'll introduce you to your instructors, give you an overview of what you'll be learning, and provide a review you can use to check your pre-existing Python skills.

Lesson 2

Working with files

Learn to work with files on your disk using Python code: listing files in a directory, moving files around, and reading & writing the contents of text files.

Lesson 3

Web APIs

Learn to interact with Web APIs using the requests module, manipulate JSON, and use dictionaries.

Lesson 4

Objects and Classes

Learn to create new kinds of data object using classes, including creating your own methods.

Lesson 5 • Project

Rock Paper Scissors

Apply your Python and Object-Oriented Programming knowledge to create a game of Rock Paper Scissors where a human can play against a computer player!

Taught By The Best

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Kelly Howard

Instructor

Kelly was previously a Product Manager at Brainjolt and a Learning Experience Designer at Pathstream. She is currently a Marketing Automation Manager where she leads automation, analytics, and systems design for Pathstream's B2C business.

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Karl Krueger

Command Line Instructor

Before joining Udacity, Karl was a Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) at Google for eight years, building automation and monitoring to keep the world's busiest web services online.

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Rachel Manning

FULL STACK DEVELOPER

Rachel is a full stack freelance developer and educator where she spent 3 years as a bootcamp curriculum developer while developing full stack freelance projects. An advocate for continued learning, she is passionate about mentoring women and underserved community in technology.

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Abe Feinberg

Science Teacher and Educational Psychologist

Abe is a science teacher and educational psychologist who loves learning and finding out how things work. He has a particular interest in using AI to optimize education, and his ultimate goal is to replace himself with a robot that can teach better than he can.

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Richard Kalehoff

Instructor

Richard is a Course Developer with a passion for teaching. He has a degree in computer science, and first worked for a nonprofit doing everything from front end web development, to backend programming, to database and server management.

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Julia Van Cleve

Instructor

Julia is a Content Developer at Udacity and was previously a middle school math teacher in San Jose, CA. She also dabbled in freelance web development, designing websites for small businesses in the Bay Area.

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James Parkes

Instructor

James received his degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, then went on to become a Udacity instructor in several programs. His personal mission is clear: to open the doors of opportunity for others by empowering them with excellent educational experiences.

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About Introduction to Programming

Our Introduction to Programming Nanodegree is the gateway for aspiring programmers. This program, ideal for beginners, covers the essentials of programming, including Python, HTML, and CSS. You'll learn through practical projects, building a strong foundation in coding and web development. This Nanodegree program paves the way for a successful career in technology, equipping you with the skills to build web pages and understand core programming concepts. Our expert instructors, like Karl Krueger and Rachel Manning, guide you through hands-on projects, ensuring real-world application of your newfound skills. By the end of the Introduction to Programming, you'll have a portfolio to showcase your abilities, setting you on the path to professional success.

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