About this Course

In this introductory programming class, you’ll learn Object-Oriented Programming, a must-have technique for software engineers that will allow you to reuse and share code easily. You’ll learn by doing, and will build byte-sized (ha!) mini projects in each lesson to learn and practice programming concepts.

We’ve heard that programming can be intimidating for newcomers, and we’ve created this course to make sure that you have a great learning experience! You’ll learn actively with our mini projects (see the awesome list below), which you’ll be able to share proudly with your friends. You’ll also learn important programming concepts one by one, with no surprises or leaps of logic along the way.

You’ll pick up some great tools for your programming toolkit in this course! You will:

  • Start coding in the programming language Python;
  • Reuse and share code with Object-Oriented Programming;
  • Create and share amazing, life-hacking projects!

This introductory course is for you if you want to be a software engineer, or if you want to collaborate with programmers. Mastering Object-Oriented Programming will propel your career in tech forward, and it’s also a great way to learn how software engineers think about solving problems.

This course is also a part of our Full Stack Web Developer Nanodegree.

Course Cost
Free
Timeline
Approx. 6 weeks
Skill Level
Beginner
Included in Course
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Course Leads

  • Kunal Chawla
    Kunal Chawla

    Instructor

What You Will Learn

Lesson 1

Introduction

  • Get ready for Python!
  • Download and install Python on your computer.
Lesson 1

Introduction

  • Get ready for Python!
  • Download and install Python on your computer.
Lesson 2

Using Functions

  • Use functions from the Python Standard Library to build two projects.
  • Explore a scenario where using functions will not be a good solution.
  • Explore a powerful new tool called classes.
Lesson 2

Using Functions

  • Use functions from the Python Standard Library to build two projects.
  • Explore a scenario where using functions will not be a good solution.
  • Explore a powerful new tool called classes.
Lesson 3

Using Classes

  • Practice object-oriented programming concepts like classes and instances.
  • Build three cool projects with classes.
  • Learn to use packages and modules like Twilio.
Lesson 3

Using Classes

  • Practice object-oriented programming concepts like classes and instances.
  • Build three cool projects with classes.
  • Learn to use packages and modules like Twilio.
Lesson 4

Making Classes

  • How to create a class.
  • How to instantiate an object.
  • How to access class attributes and methods.
Lesson 4

Making Classes

  • How to create a class.
  • How to instantiate an object.
  • How to access class attributes and methods.
Lesson 5

Final Project

  • How to identify a problem statement and idea for a project.
  • Identify step-by step directions to design a solution.
  • Leverage step-by-step strategies to make your own project.
Lesson 5

Final Project

  • How to identify a problem statement and idea for a project.
  • Identify step-by step directions to design a solution.
  • Leverage step-by-step strategies to make your own project.

Prerequisites and Requirements

We require some familiarity with the following programming ideas in any computer language (C++, Java, Python, English etc.):

  • if statements
  • loops
  • functions

Don’t worry if you feel you need a refresher on any of these programming ideas. That’s ok. We will provide information that will remind you how to use these ideas when building programs.

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

Why Take This Course

You should take this course if you want to build awesome projects, while writing only a few lines of code. Here are some of them:

  • Project Take a Break: Do you know a friend who works too many hours? We will write a program that schedules breaks throughout the day -- reminding your friend to listen to music, get up and dance to their favorite song, or just walk away from the computer every once in awhile. http://youtu.be/C29aerpwkc8
  • Project Profanity Editor: Imagine it’s late at night and you get an email from your boss, requesting your help with something. You reply, “I can take a shot at it” but accidentally end up including an awkward word (sh*t). Oops. We will write a python program that detects curse words, and saves clumsy email writers from embarrassing moments. http://youtu.be/Rvj2UI-wVXA
  • Movie Website: We will learn how to make an awesome webpage that lists your favorite movies and shows their trailers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0FoelOIZM0&t=1m24s

While building these projects we will learn about a programming technique that is used by software engineers on a daily basis; it is called Object-Oriented Programming.

Finally, we will work together to get better at reading help documents and using other people’s code almost like lego blocks to build our programs. By building these projects, you’ll become more confident in your ability to code and transition from “programming looks like magic” to “oh, I can do that.”

What do I get?
  • Instructor videos
  • Learn by doing exercises
  • Taught by industry professionals
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