Newbie Programmers' Resources

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Web Programming


Programming Challenges



Beginner Challenges




  • Learn Python The Hard Way: "instructs you in Python by slowly building and establishing skills through techniques like practice and memorization, then applying them to increasingly difficult problems."
  • Official Python tutorial
  • if you are new to programming, try out the Boston Python Workshop materials
  • If you know some syntax already, try out NewCoder tutorials. NewCoder has tutorials on Data Visualization, APIs, Web Scraping, Networks
  • Community Data Science Workshop
    • "The Community Data Science Workshops are a series of project-based workshops for anyone interested in learning how to use programming and data science tools to ask and answer questions about online communities like Wikipedia, Twitter, free and open source software, and civic media. The workshops are for people with no previous programming experience."
  • Software Carpentry: Lessons
    • automating tasks using the Unix shell;
    • structured programming in Python, R, or MATLAB
      • "The best way to learn how to program is to do something useful, so this introduction to Python is built around a common scientific task: data analysis."
    • version control using Git or Mercurial.
  • Data Carpentry: has lessons on Python for ecologists
  • Python Scientific Lecture Notes: "Tutorial material on the scientific Python ecosystem, a quick introduction to central tools and techniques. The different chapters each correspond to a 1 to 2 hours course with increasing level of expertise, from beginner to expert."
  • Django Girls Tutorial: tutorial that starts from python basics to django to deploying a django site.
  • Django for Designers a Django tutorial that focuses on areas of Django that particularly affect designers, such as static files, template inheritance, and AJAX.
  • Google's Python Class: This is a free class for people with a little bit of programming experience who want to learn Python. The class includes written materials, lecture videos, and lots of code exercises to practice Python coding.

Interactive Tutorials

Online python interpreters

If you want to try out python and scientific packages without installing everything, you can use these servers.

Books and Reading

Beginner Challenges




Articles and Books

Coding Bootcamps

Useful Articles


New York

    • Not technically a bootcamp, it's more of an awesome programmers' workshop. They don't accept complete beginners, but otherwise the skill range is pretty wide.

San Francisco

Meetups & Organizations

For Women



No longer a newbie? Look here for some suggestions on what to do next.