Python is arguably the easiest programming language to learn. The reason underpins that is that it has a straightforward syntax that you can read, almost as if you were to read an English sentence. However, that is not the only reason. It’s also the fact that you can pull off projects with less code.
But how do you become an expert in Python?
Well, there is no specific answer to this because mastering anything, not just a programming language, requires a great deal of practice. I’ll give you a great analogy here which is if you wanted to learn Spanish language. First 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 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 here is to create projects similar to what Python programmers have already done and then compare your code to theirs and find out your mistakes.
It takes time and effort to build a complete project but it eventually pays off. 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 tables to store products, you also need to work on the cart feature to let users 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 building such complex project would give you confidence and courage 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, Desktop apps with Python, and command line scripts.
In conclusion, practicing is key in learning and mastering 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.