Python: self-study materials
20 Jun

The creator of Python Guido van Rossum gave his creation an unusual name. In fact, the name of the language bears no connection to a snake but is a nod to a famous 1970’s TV show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. It is also remarkable that Python has its own philosophy—the Zen of Python. You can get acquainted with its major principles during development: once per session while entering the "import this" request you will receive one philosophical principle.

What makes Python different from all the other programming languages is the understandable and short code, so it really suits beginner developers as their first language. Python combines simplicity and conciseness with flexibility, high performance of programs running this language, compatibility of most modern operating systems, and a wide variety of free built-in libraries. Python is suitable for development of a wide range of software be it office programs, web apps, GUI-apps, and many more.

Appreciating the advantages of Python, such diverse but extremely successful companies as Google, YouTube, Spotify, Amazon, Walt Disney, NASA, Netflix and many others adopted this language. It will not come as a surprise that Python was named the fastest-growing major language in the 2019 StackOverflow survey

To learn Python, discover educational programs in Python development provided by EPAM. Our teachers with production experience will not only tell you about the language semantics, but also will teach you to write clean and working code. To pass the interview for the training successfully, we recommend picking up some basic knowledge and get familiar with some basic materials on Python. 



  • Learn Python - Full Course for Beginners [Tutorial] from freeCodeCamp — 4-hour long video-titorial to get acquainted with the language's main concepts. High-quality intro to Python with no jokes, no background music, no sound problems or unintelligible accent.


  • CodeNewbie. Apple podcast in English with interviews and developer stories that will be useful for beginner programmers. 


  • Dive into Python by Mark Pilgrim – a practical manual, where each chapter starts with a real example of a code, that is later analyzed closely. The book is publicly available.
  • Python Crash Course: A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to Programming by Eric Matthes — an amazing guide, which will be especially useful to readers, who found other Python books to be too complicated. It contains tons of theory, but it's specifically taken apart for Juniors to comprehend — moreover, you'll be able to try the new skills on the spot! The book includes a lot of "do-it-yourself" tasks (and their step-by-step solutions) and useful online resources for additional practice.
  • Python Cookbook: Recipes for Mastering Python by David Beazley — you have started to get acquainted with the language's fundamentals, learnt about its tools, but still can't answer the question what is it like "under the hood"? This book contains all the main concepts, which will get you from the thoughtless code typing to deep understanding of Python's possibilities.

After studying this selection of useful materials you will have confidence and skill to become a real Python professional! Good luck :)