Alternatives for students who already know PHP

Instead of doing the exercises assigned for Weeks 3-5 you could either If you choose any of these options, you'll first need to determine how to install the required software. It is probably easier if you use your own laptop than the PCs in this lab. For plain Python (without Django) you could find and use an externally hosted web server. It might be better to use a version of Python 2.x, not Python 3.x because most help documents are still for the older version. It would be good if you work in parallel with another student who is choosing the same option as you are because you will be mostly working on your own.

If you are interested in Django: here are four short videos that show the basics of Django: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.