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# How to Start Learning Programming: A Beginner’s Guide

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If youâ€™ve ever seen the Matrix and thought it would be cool to have your own personal computer operating system, then programming might be your thing. If that sounds like you, start learning programming with this guide on how to start learning programming as a beginner. Whether you want to focus on web development, software development or game development, weâ€™ll help you make the right choice with our beginnerâ€™s guide to the world of programming languages.

## Getting Started with Python Section 1

Python Basic Syntax and Data Types If you have never programmed in any language before, Python can seem a bit daunting. The good news is that Python is relatively easy to pick up, and you can read about basic syntax and get started in as little as 10 minutes. The first few things you should know when learning Python are what numbers, strings, lists, dictionaries, and variables are. If you have used other programming languages or are familiar with them already (most likely Java), you will be happy to hear that Pythonâ€™s basic data types behave similarly. Here we will briefly explain what each data type is and how they work along with some examples of using them. Numbers Python has two numerical data types: integers and floating-point numbers. Integers consist of whole numbers without decimal points; for example, -5, 0, 1, 2, 3. Floating point numbers include decimals; for example 4.0, 5E-2 etc. Strings are sequences of characters surrounded by either single or double quotes; for example, ‘hello’, world. Lists store multiple values within a container; these values can be either integers or floating-point numbers but not both at once. In order to create a list, you must use square brackets [ ] ; for example my list = [1, 2, 3] . Dictionaries store key/value pairs where keys must be unique and are usually integers while values can be anything including strings and lists. To create a dictionary use curly braces { } ; for example my dict = {‘key’: value} . Variables allow us to store information so it can be accessed later on in your program.