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Embarking on a Relaxed and Friendly Python Coding Journey

Do you get stressed while trying to learn Python? Do you prefer to build small programs or projects as you continue your coding journey? This week on the show, Real Python author Stephen Gruppetta is here to talk about his new book, “The Python Coding Book.”

Stephen has been teaching Python to adults and children for many years. With his new book, he wants to share the relaxed and friendly learning environment he’s developed. We discuss using analogies to explain programming concepts and constructing complete programs as chapter goals.

Over the last year, Stephen focused on writing. He started his newsletter, The Python Coding Stack, wrote more tutorials for Real Python and authored the book.

This episode is sponsored by Mailtrap.


  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:02:32 – Education and programming background
  • 00:05:50 – Developing a teaching style
  • 00:10:36 – A friendly and relaxed programming book
  • 00:14:31 – Making mistakes
  • 00:18:29 – Sponsor: Mailtrap
  • 00:19:03 – What was your curation process like?
  • 00:21:22 – First chapter building an actual program
  • 00:25:08 – Glossary terms and exercises
  • 00:27:48 – Why feature an IDE?
  • 00:34:07 – Monty and the White Room analogy
  • 00:37:46 – What, no turtle?
  • 00:42:21 – Video Course Spotlight
  • 00:44:00 – Shift toward teaching
  • 00:46:50 – Teaching adults and children
  • 00:51:23 – Python sequences tutorial
  • 00:53:48 – Building community and social media
  • 00:58:12 – What are you excited about in the world of Python?
  • 01:00:49 – What do you want to learn next?
  • 01:03:07 – Thanks and goodbye

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