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Teaching Materials: Written Tutorials

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In this video you’ll see how to access another type of learning resource here on Real Python: text-based tutorials.

You’ll learn where to find our written Python tutorials, how to access bonus resources such as code examples and downloadable guides, and more.

00:00 Let’s take a look at another type of learning content, which is text-based tutorials.

00:06 At Real Python, we’re proud of our super in-depth text-based tutorials. So, I’m looking at one now—this is one of our most popular ones, that has been continuously updated over time. It’s on Python decorators, which is a slightly advanced topic, if you will, but definitely a very important one.

00:26 So if you don’t know what I’m talking about here, it’s probably something you want to check out later. We also have a corresponding course. I just want to walk you through how you can make the most of your tutorial experience with written tutorials. So at the top, of course, we have the headline and information about the main author of an article or a tutorial.

00:48 You can jump directly to the comments and participate in those. And then, as usual, we also have the topics list, that is clickable and will take you to additional information about a specific topic. So, in this case, this is tagged as intermediate difficulty or skill level, and it’s a core Python tutorial. On the right-hand side, you can quickly jump to All Tutorial Topics across the site, or just browse an individual one.

01:14 Each tutorial comes with a full Table of Contents. You get one here at the start of the article. If we have a corresponding video course, you will also see the video course linked here at the top, right behind the table of contents and also on the right-hand side.

01:29 Our text-based tutorials are always broken down into different sections, so you can quickly hone in on the stuff that’s actually interesting to you, and you can quickly use that to review questions that you might have, for example, after completing a course, or after going back to a certain topic after a couple of days or a couple of weeks to review. I also wanted to show you some additional features.

01:51 Many of our tutorials come with free, downloadable bonuses. As a subscriber, you simply need to click on the link and the Download Now button to, for example, download this PDF guide about Python decorators.

02:04 If we’re showing you code as it would appear in a Python REPL session or in a Python console session, there’s always a button at the top right here that allows you to strip it down to just the code, in case you want to copy and paste that code and use it for something in your own programs. Please absolutely take advantage of that.

02:21 All the code associated with the tutorial is meant for you to be used, and shared with your coworkers, and just in general, for you to look good in front of everyone and to maximize your learning.

02:31 Don’t feel shy about actually trying that stuff out, copying it out, and using it in your own programs.

educatorsanonymous on June 11, 2020

Hi Dan,

My apologies for a bit of non-python pedantry here, but the phrase at 1:35 should be “home in”, rather than “hone in”.

My teacher instincts leaping to the fore :)

Thanks for the great introductory videos. I am really enjoying my new membership, so far.

Dan Bader RP Team on June 12, 2020

Thanks @educatorsanonymous, I appreciate your pedantry (and the kind words), but Merriam-Webster says hone in is also okay: www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/home-in-or-hone-in ;-)

educatorsanonymous on June 12, 2020

Interesting article. I learned something else new, other than Python code, today.

You can’t trust Merriam-Webster, though; that’s one of those wrong-un American dictionaries. Oxford or Cambridge, all the way, or I’m an Irishman :0p

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