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This course leads the student from the basics of writing and running Python 3 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 is a hands-on programming class. All concepts are reinforced by informal practice during the lecture followed by graduated lab exercises.
Introduction to Python is a practical introduction to a working programming language, not an academic overview of syntax and grammar. Students will immediately be able to use Python to complete tasks in the real world.
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 should already have a working, user-level knowledge of Unix/Linux, Mac, or Windows. While not required, basic skills with at least one other programming language will be helpful.
In addition to the 300 page course manual, students will receive a double-sided Python 3 quick reference.
Students will write numerous Python scripts to reinforce the major concepts covered in this course. The courses will increase in complexity as more sophisticated techniques are introduced.
Exercises will include all important topics covered in the lecture portion of the class. As with all our courses, the lab exercises at the end of each chapter. Students do not have to wait until the end of the day to try out what they’ve just learned.
1 — An overview of Python
2 — The Python Environment
3 — Getting Started
4 — Flow Control
5 – Array types
6 — Working with files
7 — Dictionaries and Sets
8 — Functions
9 — Sorting
10 — Errors and Exception Handling
11 — Using Modules
12 — Regular Expressions
13 — Using the Standard Library
14 — An Introduction to Python classes
Primary Hardware/Software Requirements
Operating System: Any
Note: detailed setup instructions are provided in a separate document