3 Programming Projects for Python BeginnersJuly 7, 2019 No Comments
Featured article by Wendy Dessler, Outreach manager
Learning to program is a skill worth learning. Coding is one of the most important job skills of the modern day and also the future. It is an in-demand skill that will be valuable across all different kinds of industries. However, there are a ton of different programming languages and disciplines, so how do you know which to use and learn?
One of the best options to consider in the modern day is Python. It is one of the fastest growing programming languages and is capable of doing a lot of different things. Like any language, learning Python isn’t always easy. Thankfully, there are many online resources that can help. For example, if you search through Python feed on DaniWeb, you will find a lot of helpful material and discussion.
One of the best ways to learn or hone your skills is to work on programming projects. With that in mind, this article is going to look at a few simple programming projects for Python beginners to take on.
A Basic Website
If the ultimate goal you have in Python is to create and design websites, it only makes sense to create a basic website to practice. There are very few projects out there you could take on that will teach you as much as coding a basic HTML/CSS site will. You will learn about hosting, how to make an attractive design, how to link files and other pages and so much more.
There are also many frameworks and tutorials to walk you through the steps of website coding and design, as well. Over time, you will be able to build a more detailed and in-depth site, but there is no need to rush into it. Learning a skill like Python of coding in general is a process, and won’t happen overnight.
Games are becoming increasingly more popular amongst developers, due to the ever-growing popularity of indie games. While in-depth and detailed games are still popular, simple games (especially on mobile), are incredibly hot right now. As a result, if you are looking to practice Python and potentially create something that will garner some feedback, a game makes sense.
You can start out with a very simple game like tic tac toe or even a basic choose your own adventure game that is text-based. These projects will use some of the introductory skills you know, and could help you work on others as well. Of course, you can also get a little bit more creative, too. The opportunities are endless and there are many frameworks and apps that can help you design a great game in Python to test and improve your skills.
While it might not be as popular as building a site or a game, web scraping is another huge use for Python. Web scraping is used for extracting all different types of data or information from websites or pages, allowing you to visualize or analyze it. With Python being great at automating a number of different things, Python is often used for web scraping.
Web scraping is often used by a number of different businesses in many varying industries. It can help with sales leads, real estate stats and so much more. It might seem incredibly complex, but a web scraper does nothing more than take data, identify it and convert it into a format that is actually able to be used or viewed. Like other types of projects, there are plenty of videos or guides that can help you along the way, as well. Practicing via a web scraping project will let you practice many coding skills which will come in handy throughout your career.
Hopefully this blog post has been able to help you learn about some great programming projects for Python beginners. These are far from the only options, but are among the most basic and useful to consider.
About the Author
Wendy Dessler is a super-connector who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.