INTROPYTHON - Introduction to Python - Python Programming Basics

Introduction to Python | Python Programming Basics is a hands-on Python programming course that teaches students the essentials of Python scripting to a foundation level. This course leads the student from the basics of writing and running Python scripts to more advanced features such as file operations, regular expressions, working with binary data, and using the extensive functionality of Python modules. Extra emphasis is placed on features unique to Python, such as tuples, array slices, and output formatting.

This course provides an excellent kick start for users new to Python and scripting, enabling them to use basic Python skills on the job in a variety of ways. Students can apply the course skills to use Python in basic web development projects or automate or simplify common tasks with the use of Python scripts. The course also serves as a solid primer course/foundation for continued Python study in support of next-level web development with Python, Python for data science/machine learning, or Python for systems admin or networking support.

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Prerequisites


This basic-level course provides an excellent kick start for users new to Python and scripting, enabling them to use basic Python skills on the job in a variety of ways. This course is appropriate for advanced users, system administrators, and web site administrators who want to use Python to support their server installations, as well as anyone else who wants to automate or simplify common tasks with the use of Python scripts.
Students can apply the course skills to use Python in basic web development projects or automate or simplify common tasks with the use of Python scripts. The course also serves as a solid primer course/foundation for continued Python study in support of next-level web development with Python, Python for data science/machine learning, or Python for systems admin or networking support.

Detailed Class Syllabus


An overview of Python


What is python?
Python Timeline
Advantages/Disadvantages of Python
Getting help with pydoc

The Python Environment


Starting Python
Using the interpreter
Running a Python script
Python scripts on Unix/Windows
Editors and IDEs

Getting Started


Using variables
Built-in functions
Strings
Numbers
Converting among types
Writing to the screen
Command-line parameters

Flow Control


About flow control
White space
Conditional expressions
Relational and Boolean operators
While loops
Alternate loop exits

Array types


About array types (AKA sequences)
Lists and list methods
Tuples
Indexing and slicing
Iterating through a sequence
Nested sequences
Sequence functions, keywords, and operators
List comprehensions
Generator Expressions

Working with files


File overview
Opening a text file
Reading a text file
Writing to a text file

Dictionaries and Sets


About dictionaries
Creating dictionaries
Iterating through a dictionary
About sets
Creating sets
Working with sets

Functions


Defining functions
Returning values
Parameters
Global and local scope

Sorting


The sorted() function
Alternate keys
Lambda functions
Sorting collections
Using operator.itemgetter()
Reverse sorting

Errors and Exception Handling


Syntax errors
Exceptions
Using try/catch
Handling multiple exceptions
Ignoring exceptions

Modules and Packages


The import statement
Module search path
Creating Modules
Using packages
Function and Module aliases

Classes


About o-o programming
Defining classes
Constructors
Methods
Instance data
Properties
Class methods and data