Introduction to Python Programming | 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. 

Course Information

Price: $1,995.00
Duration: 5 days
Certification: 
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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. 

 

Target Audience:

Basic familiarity with any programming or scripting language would be helpful. Students should have a working, user-level knowledge of Unix/Linux, Mac, or Windows.  

 

Course Objectives:

Skills-Focused, Hands-On Learning: This course is about 50% hands-on lab to 50% lecture ratio, combining engaging, informed instructor presentations, demonstrations and discussions with extensive machine-based student labs and practical project work. Throughout the course, students will learn to write essential Python scripts using the most current and efficient skills and techniques.  

 

Working within an engaging, hands-on learning environment, guided by our expert instructor, students will learn to: 

  • Create working Python scripts following best practices
  • Use python data types appropriately
  • Read and write files with both text and binary data
  • Search and replace the text with regular expressions
  • Get familiar with the standard library and its work-saving modules
  • Create "real-world", basic level professional Python applications
  • Know when to use collections such as lists, dictionaries, and sets
  • Understand Pythonic features such as comprehensions and iterators
  • Write robust code using exception handling

 

Course Outline:

Please note that this list of topics is based on our standard course offering, evolved from typical industry uses and trends. We’ll work with you to tune this course and level of coverage to target the skills you need most. Topics, agenda, and labs are subject to change and may adjust during live delivery based on audience needs and skill-level.

 

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