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Python: The Basics

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Python has a unique culture and community that has built up around it and that value its core philosophy, expressed as a series of aphorisms, and available at a few key presses from any Python installation. In this course, you'll learn the basics of Python and its philosophy, setting up Python, and writing a basic program with built-in data types, loops and conditionals.

Target Audience
Beginner Python developers, and developers with experience in other languages looking to start programming in Python


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Lesson Objectives

Python: The Basics

  • start the course
  • describe the features of the Python programming language and how and where it is used
  • describe the philosophy of Python
  • recognize reasons to choose one version of Python over the other
  • install Python 3 on Windows
  • install Python 3 on Mac OS X and Linux
  • evaluate the major IDEs available for Python
  • use whitespace to lay out a Python program into functional code blocks
  • recognize the Python REPL – read, evaluate, print loop
  • create and execute a "Hello World" application with Python
  • get and manipulate user input from the command line with Python
  • create a module and import a module in Python
  • use the int data type in Python and recognize its characteristics
  • use the float data type in Python and recognize its characteristics
  • perform basic math functions, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and use the Math module
  • use the bool data type in Python and recognize its characteristics
  • describe sequence types and use the str type in Python
  • use the bytes type in Python
  • use the bytearray type in Python
  • use the list type in Python
  • use the tuple type in Python
  • use slicing on sequence types in Python
  • use the range function and work with range objects in Python
  • use the set type in Python and describe its characteristics
  • use the dict type in Python and describe its properties
  • construct a while loop in Python
  • construct a for loop in Python
  • use the if statement in Python to control program flow
  • write a Python program to reverse user input
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