Essential Skills and Concepts for Python

Use Python programming for data manipulation.
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Basic Python skills and concepts for data manipulation.


  • A computing environment similar to what was used in developing the course is recommended, but not required. The course was developed on a Windows 10 laptop with Python v3.6 . Setup videos are available on my "Strong Start Computing" YouTube channel.


This course covers basic skills and concepts to provide you with the power to use the Python programming language for useful day-to-day tasks. You will learn to read/write to files and manipulate data into a standard format (e.g., csv), which can then be used to create charts and pivot tables in a spreadsheet application.

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UPDATE (3/30/2020): The cost of this video course is now FREE. The associated Reference Guide for this section is available as a PDF download at the StrongStartComputing .com website ... see "REFERENCE GUIDES TO YOUTUBE COURSES" blog post.

Alternatively, the entire ESC4C Reference Guide can be purchased on Amazon as a paperback ($14.99) or Kindle eBook ($5.99) format.

NOTE: This course was taken directly out of my ESC4C course (Part B - Section 15).

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner level users who want to improve their productivity through the use of programming to manipulate data into a format that can be used for charting, pivot tables, and other uses.

Course content

1 section5 lectures1h 9m total length
  • Introduction
  • Getting Started
  • Python Installation
  • Basic Coding
  • Data Manipulation Skills


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