Python is probably the easiest programming language that you can learn. The reason behind that is that it has a very simple syntax that you can read, almost as if you were reading a sentence in English. However, that is not the only reason. It’s also the fact that you can create so many projects with much less code.
But How to become proficient in Python?
Well, there is no specific answer to this because mastering anything, not just a programming language, requires a great deal of practice. Let me give you an example so that you can understand what I mean. Let’s say you want to learn Spanish language. The first thing you would do is that you would start with the basics like pronouns and nouns, then you would try to build up simple sentences, and most importantly you would want to practice it on a regular basis. The more you practice the more you get better at it.
However, at some point you will need to move on from using simple conversations to more complicated ones with native speakers and that would make a boost to your ability to speak the language more fluently. The same applies to Python programming language. Firstly, you learn the basics then practice on a daily basis with creating simple projects. Finally, you need to move on to more complicated projects created by experts. That way you are learning from native Python speakers “so to speak”.
So the secret is to create projects similar to what other Python programmers have done and then compare your code to theirs get to know your mistakes!
It takes a lot of time and effort to build a complete project but it eventually pays off. Many people want instantaneous results which of course isn’t going to happen. For example, suppose that you decided to intensify your Python skills by building a relatively complicated project such as an e-commerce web application. At the beginning you would be a little intimidated because obviously there are a lot of things that you need to work on to pull off such a project. You need to have some tables to store products, you need to work on the cart feature as well to let customers store selected products before they for for them. You also need to work on providing a payment option or options. All of this is going to take time and effort, however, the good news is that creating such advanced project would give you confidence and courage you need to work on similar advanced projects, let alone the skills that you would learn throughout the journey of building such a project. So my recommendation is that if you have an opportunity to build an advanced project then go for it.
Moreover, Python is a very general programming language, meaning that you can almost create anything with it. So my advice is that you master a specific field with it not just the language itself. For example, you can master data analysis or data science with python or even a specific library such as TensorFlow. There are other fields as well such as Mobile App Development using Python’s Kivy, Web Development using Python’s Django, or Flask Framework, Chatbots in Python which is all the rage these days, Image manipulation in Python, and command line scripts.
Also consistency pays off. If you start learning for a few weeks then you suddenly stop, then that’s not going to help you on the long term compared to learning on a regular basis.
So If you’re serious about mastering Python, I’d highly recommend starting off by taking my courses that take you step-by-step to create complete projects:
In conclusion, practicing is key in learning and mastering any programming languages including Python. Practicing your Python skills on a regular basis and creating new projects, preferably daily basic, will make you master it quite fast.