Python Programming

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On this course students will learn the design philosophy and strengths of Python and run-time features assisting rapid development. You will be able to programme using loops, lists, variables and dictionaries. You will be able to use operators such as `and`, `in`, %, == and `is`. You will also be able to read and write data to files and use the % operator for string-formatting, be able to use existing Python modules and create new ones, use exceptions for error-handling and create Object-Oriented Python using the `class` keyword.
Participants should be familiar with basic programming constructs such as variable assignment, conditions, loops and I/O. Programming experience in a procedural language such as C or Pascal, or an OO Language such as Java, C++. The more practical coding experience the better.
Language Fundamentals:
Command-Line Interpreter
Integer, Float, String
Basic operations (=, +, *, -, /, %)
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Python Scripting:
Running a Python script
Providing command-line arguments
Syntax and indentation
List operations: creating, slicing, iterating
Range operation
String operations
Modules and Functions:
Running a main routine in module
Calling a function from main
Calling a function from another module
Local and global variables, pass-by-value to function
Comments (#)
Different forms of import
Calling functions with default arguments
Flow of Control:
For and While loops
Conditionals (if)
Exception handling
Advanced Data Objects:
Creating and using tuple data objects
Creating and using dictionary data objects
References and copies (id, copy)
Built-in operators (dir)
Reading from and writing to console (%)
Reading from and writing to file
The String Module
Module documentation (pydoc)
Useful Modules:
Randomization whrandom
Time/Date time
os, os.path
Mathematics math
Object-Oriented Python:
Classes and objects
Overriding built-in methods
Inheritance and polymorphism
Advanced Parsing:
Regular Expressions (re)
Useful Idioms and Shortcuts:
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