Python Programming


4 Months 1-2 Hours / Day Morning / Evening

Course Description

This Python training course leads the students 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.

Python Programming Training Objectives

  • Master the fundamentals of writing Python scripts
  • Learn core Python scripting elements such as variables and flow control structures
  • Discover how to work with lists and sequence data
  • Write Python functions to facilitate code reuse
  • Use Python to read and write files
  • Make their code robust by handling errors and exceptions properly
  • Work with the Python standard library
  • Explore Python's object-oriented features
  • Search text using regular expressions

An Overview of Python

 

  • What is Python?
  • Interpreted languages
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Downloading and installing
  • Which version of Python
  • Where to find documentation

 

Running Python Scripts

 

  • Structure of a Python script
  • Using the interpreter interactively
  • Running standalone scripts under Unix and Windows

 

Getting Started

 

  • Using variables
  • String types: normal, raw and Unicode
  • String operators and expressions
  • Math operators and expressions
  • Writing to the screen
  • Command line parameters
  • Reading from the keyboard

 

Flow Control

 

  • About flow control
  • Indenting is significant
  • The if and elif statements
  • while loops
  • Using lists
  • Using the for statement
  • The range() function

 

Sequence Data

 

  • list operations
  • list methods
  • Strings are special kinds of lists
  • tuples
  • sets
  • Dictionaries

 

Defining Functions

 

  • Syntax of function definition
  • Formal parameters
  • Global versus local variables
  • Passing parameters and returning values

 

Working with Files

 

  • Text file I/O overview
  • Opening a text file
  • Reading text files
  • Raw (binary) data
  • Using the pickle module
  • Writing to a text file

 

Dictionaries and Sets

 

  • Dictionary overview
  • Creating dictionaries
  • Dictionary functions
  • Fetching keys or values
  • Testing for existence of elements
  • Deleting elements

 

Errors and Exception Handling

 

  • Dealing with syntax errors
  • Exceptions
  • Handling exceptions with try/except
  • Cleaning up with finally

 

Using Modules

 

  • What is a module?
  • The import statement
  • Function aliases
  • Packages

 

Regular Expressions

 

  • RE Objects
  • Pattern matching
  • Parsing data
  • Subexpressions
  • Complex substitutions
  • RE tips and tricks

 

Highlights of the Standard Library

 

  • Working with the operating system
  • Grabbing web pages
  • Sending email
  • Using glob for filename wildcards
  • math and random
  • Accessing dates and times with datetime
  • Working with compressed files

 

An Introduction to Python Classes

 

  • About o-o programming
  • Defining classes
  • Constructors
  • Instance methods
  • Instance data
  • Class methods and data
  • Destructors

 

Conclusion

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