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"Automate the Boring Stuff Using Python" Online Course Free ($59 value)

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Based on the book by the same name, this newly released course teaches how to use the Python programming language to do stuff to make your life easier. The author, Al Sweigart, avoids technical jargon and makes programming approachable for all. 51 lectures, 10 hours of content, lifetime access.

Free with coupon code BORING_FOR_FREE until October 12 (alt. link):
http://inventwithpython.com/blog/...available/

The book (free to read online, PDF and print versions cost money):
https://automatetheboringstuff.com/

Course Description

If you're an office worker, student, administrator, or just want to become more productive with your computer, programming will allow you write code that can automate tedious tasks. This course follows the popular (and free!) book, Automate the Boring Stuff with Python.

Automate the Boring Stuff with Python was written for people who want to get up to speed writing small programs that do practical tasks as soon as possible. You don't need to know sorting algorithms or object-oriented programming, so this course skips all the computer science and concentrates on writing code that gets stuff done.

This course is for complete beginners and covers the popular Python programming language. You'll learn basic concepts as well as:
  • Web scraping
  • Parsing PDFs and Excel spreadsheets
  • Automating the keyboard and mouse
  • Sending emails and texts
  • And several other practical topics

By the end of this course, you'll be able to write code that not only dramatically increases your productivity, but also be able to list this fun and creative skill on your resume.

What are the requirements?
  • No programming experience is required.
  • Downloading and installing Python is covered at the start of the course.
  • Basic computer skills: surfing websites, running programs, saving and opening documents, etc.

What am I going to get from this course?
  • Over 51 lectures and 9.5 hours of content!
  • Automate tasks on their computer by writing simple Python programs.
  • Write programs that can do text pattern recognition with "regular expressions".
  • Programmatically generate and update Excel spreadsheets.
  • Parse PDFs and Word documents.
  • Crawl web sites and pull information from online sources.
  • Write programs that send out email notifications.
  • Use Python's debugging tools to quickly figure out bugs in your code.
  • Programmatically control the mouse and keyboard to click and type for you.

What is the target audience?
  • Office workers, students, and administrators would want to improve their productivity.
  • Aspiring software engineers who want to add skills to their programming toolbelt.
  • Computer users who have heard the "learn to code" message, but want practical reasons to learn programming.
  • Experienced software engineers who are already familiar with Python and the modules the course covers can skip this course.
  • While this course is good for QA and IT admins, this is not a course for DevOps looking for specific automation tools.
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where you find this? do you have some c or c++ ebook?
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+10 thumbs up and none of you helped OP get any rep...smh
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wow. and showed me a world of knowledge I didn't know about. thx!
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Quote from loklok104 View Post :
where you find this? do you have some c or c++ ebook?
The author, Al Sweigart, has four different books available on different Python topics (intro, games, ciphers, and automation). Since he gives away almost all of his content for free (and the profits on most print books), I think he created this course to finally make some money. Looks like he is generating some interest by making it free. I'm a middle school teacher and have found his content to be valuable. Sorry, I am not aware of any C or C++ books.
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where you find this? do you have some c or c++ ebook?
Look for whatever ebook you are searching here: http://bookzz.org/
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Look for whatever ebook you are searching here: http://bookzz.org/
Okay. Thank You
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it is very interesting and inspiring, good reading.
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it is very interesting and inspiring, good reading.
Quote from jkibbe View Post :
The author, Al Sweigart, has four different books available on different Python topics (intro, games, ciphers, and automation). Since he gives away almost all of his content for free (and the profits on most print books), I think he created this course to finally make some money. Looks like he is generating some interest by making it free. I'm a middle school teacher and have found his content to be valuable. Sorry, I am not aware of any C or C++ books.
Have you read this one? Does it provide a lot of hands on info automating Excel, or is it more generic than that?
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Have you read this one? Does it provide a lot of hands on info automating Excel, or is it more generic than that?
There is a chapter dedicated to Excel spreadsheets (also PDF, Word, CSV, JSON, email, etc.). You can read the book online for free. The course corresponds to the book and walks you through step-by-step.

Excel - https://automatetheboringstuff.com/chapter12/
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What do you use the code (BORING_FOR_FREE) for? When I click the book icon, it shows up in the browser. I'd prefer to get the PDF version, but was thinking that's what you'd get for free. Can you explain what to do with the code?
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What do you use the code (BORING_FOR_FREE) for? When I click the book icon, it shows up in the browner. I'd prefer to get the PDF version, but was thinking that's what you'd get for free. Can you explain what to do with the code?
The code is for free access to the $59 course on U-demy. When I tried posting the direct link to the course on U-demy, SD blocks it (converts it to 'urlhasbeenblocked') so I linked to the blog entry about the free course at http://inventwithpython.com/blog/...available/. Look for 'Sign up for the course for free.'

This is what happens when I post a link to U-demy (or even the word itself) -- not sure why SD thinks it is spammy...
https://www.urlhasbeenblocked.com/automate/

Hope this helps & enjoy!
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The code is for free access to the $59 course on U-demy. When I tried posting the direct link to the course on U-demy, SD blocks it (converts it to 'urlhasbeenblocked') so I linked to the blog entry about the free course at http://inventwithpython.com/blog/2015/09/21/automate-the-boring-stuff-with-python-online-course-now-available/. Look for 'Sign up for the course for free.'

This is what happens when I post a link to U-demy (or even the word itself) -- not sure why SD thinks it is spammy...
https://www.urlhasbeenblocked.com/automate/

Hope this helps & enjoy!
Thanks. Thumbup
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