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Learn Python-- The Swiss Army Knife of Coding Languages
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What Will I Learn?
How to use the Python Shell
How to use interactive mode in Python
How to develop and run programs in the IDLE editor
How to run Python scripts directly from the command line
How to use the print() function
How to use separators and new line characters to modify command line output
Assign variables of different types
Understand integer, floating point, complex and string variables
Be able to extract substrings
Easily concatenate strings
Create Lists and Tuples
Create key value pairs and store them in dictionaries
Understand mathematical operators used in Python
Apply the order of operations to mathematical operations
Utilize comparison operators to determine logical outcomes
Use logical operators to join comparisons
Write conditional statements to correctly branch code
Use If, else and else if statements to apply branching
Understand how and when to used nested if statements
Use the shortcut Ternary operator
Be able to use looping structures effectively
Create While loops
Be able to use For loops to loop through an objects properties
Be able to construct nested loops and understand their utility.
Cast variables from one type to another using built-in Python functions
Use the Mathematical functions within Python to evaluate expressions
Randomize numbers and selections with the Randomization tools
Use Python String functions such as find(), join() and split()
Create immutable tuples
Access values within tuples
Use tuple functions to manipulate tuple data
Declare a dictionary and populate it with key/value pairs
Access and edit values within dictionaries
Extract date and time information from the time tuple
Use the calendar object to work with calendar related information
Create custom functions
Send arguments to functions using order or keyword
Create default function arguments
Read and obtain keyboard input
Read from a text file and process the data in Python
Write to a text file from Python
Append to a text file
Handle exceptions with try/except/else in Python
Use Python within the cgi-bin or a web server
Process form data from Python
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  • Students should be comfortable working in the PC or Mac operating system

See why over 350,000 Udemy members learn coding from Mark Lassoff and!

Few programming languages provide you with the flexibility and pure power of Python.

If you're becoming a professional developer, or are early in your development career, adding the Python skill set isn't just a resume embellishment-- It's an empowering language that will allow you to write procedural code in many types of environments and for many uses.

Python is commonly used for server side programming for complex web applications or as a middle tier language providing web services or a communication layer with larger ecommerce systems. That being said, it's also a great language for beginners. The clear syntax makes it very easy to learn, and the powerful libraries make all types of programming possible. There are libraries for everything from games and graphics to complex mathematics to network and embedded programming.

Watch, Learn and Do

Programming is not a spectator sport and if you want to learn Python well, this course contains everything you need.

Skill oriented instructor-led lectures will demonstrate each important Python skill. You'll be able to study and modify the code on your own to cement each topic. Python code coding lab exercises will familiarize you not just with Python syntax, but how real problem-solving in Python is done. You'll complete a more comprehensive project to help you integrate the different skills that are part of core Python.

Who is the target audience?
  • First time Python programmers
  • Students and Teachers
  • IT pros who want to learn to code
  • Aspiring data scientists who want to add Python to their tool arsenal
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 64 Lectures Collapse All 64 Lectures 05:21:39
Getting Started
5 Lectures 26:28

Hit the road running and write your very first Python program in this first section. Even if you've never written a line of code before, this section will get you coding in Python!

Preview 08:25

The IDLE environment includes the shell window and interactive mode. We'll try working in interactive mode in this section of the course.

Preview 04:46

You'll spend most of your time coding in the code editor window. In this section, you'll join Mark, as he creates a program in the code window and executes it.

Preview 06:48

Remember the old "C" prompt? We're actually going to use it to compile and run our Python code.

Preview 05:22
3 Lectures 10:38

For the user to see results of a Python program, you have to understand output. We're going to look at command line output in this section.

Section Introduction

There's a bit more than meets the eye when it comes to the print() function. We'll take a thorough look at print() output in this segment of the course.

The print() Function

You can take more control of command line output by using separators and newline characters. Mark will demonstrate them in this section

Separators and Newlines
6 Lectures 36:18

You probably remember variables from your high school algebra class. Solve for 'x' was a common instruction. We'll be talking about variables and how they related to Python programming in this section of the course.

Section Introduction

When you first create a variable and provide it a value the process is known as "variable assignment". Mark will demonstrate the process in this video.

Variable Assignment

Python handles several types of values. We'll survey integers, floating point numbers and complex numbers in this section.

Number Variables (Int, float and complex)

One of Python's strengths is the ability to process strings. You'll learn how to use string variables in Python in this segment of the course

String Variables

Python let's you easily manipulate substrings and concatenate strings. Mark will show you how in this course video.

Substrings and Concatenation

Variables can hold single values, but also more complex structures such as lists and tuples. We'll introduce the concepts of lists and tuples in this section.

Variables with Lists, Tuples and Dictionaries
5 Lectures 25:51

Operators are used to complete arithmetic, make decisions and much more in coding. Mark will review all of the common operators in Python during this section.

Section Introduction

Let Python do the math for you. You'll see a few mathematical operators you're familiar with-- and a few you're not in this section.

Python Mathemtical Operators

PEDMAS. The order of operations is important to understand when working with mathematics in Python.

Order of Operations

In order for programs to make decisions, we have to make comparisons. You'll learn about the comparison operators in this video lecture.

Python Comparison Operators

The logical operators AND and OR are used for making compound and complex evaluations in Python. You'll learn how to apply the skill in this section.

Python Logical Operators
Code Branching
5 Lectures 26:16

Branching is decision making in Python code. The program will follow one path-- or another-- based on evaluating a condition. Mark will explain several types of conditional statements in this chapter.

Section Introduction

Basic branching logic in Python starts with the if statement. You'll learn how to use if in this video.

Simple If Statements

The introduction of the else statement to conditional logical allows you to code for multiple outcomes when Python code is evaluating a condition.

If.... Else Statements

Sometimes when coding, logic requires one if statement to live inside another. These are known as nested if statements and Mark will show you how to use them in this segment.

Nested If Statements

Impress your coder friends by using this shortcut if/else structure.

Ternary Operator
5 Lectures 26:13

Loops allow a section of code to be repeated based on evaluating some condition. Many processes in programs are within loops. A program that deals cards uses loops, as do word processors, spreadsheets and games.

Section Introduction

While loops are Python's primary looping structure. You'll learn how to create while loops in this course segment.

While Loops

For loops in Python are a bit different than for loops in most other programming languages. Watch this video and learn how useful Python's for loop is.

For Loops

Just like if statements, program logic sometimes calls for loops to be nested inside one another. You'll see exactly hows nested loops work in this video.

Nested Loops

The break and continue statements give you, as the Python programmer, more control over loop execution. You'll learn how to use break and continue in this video.

Break and Continue Statements
Math Functions
4 Lectures 15:45

Python has a suite of built-in math functions that make complex calculations easy. We'll be looking at functions in the math library in this course chapter.

Section Introduction

Often when coding you'll have to change a value from a float to a string or string to an integer. The casting functions will show you how to do this. Mark demonstrated casting in this video.

Casting Functions

You'll learn some of the advanced math functions that are available in Python.

Mathematical Functions

Python has a great suite of randomization tools. You'll learn how to use several randomization functions in this video lecture.

Random Functions
Python String Functions
4 Lectures 14:21

Python is frequently used for string manipulation and processing. Many who work with large amounts of data complete string processing in Python. We'll demonstrate some of Python's string functions in this chapter.

Section Introduction

Mark demonstrates three string functions found in the Python programming language.

capitalize(), center() and count()

You'll learn find() and two other important String functions.

find(), isalpha(), isdigit()

You'll learn how to do some String manipulation with the powerful join() and split() functions.

join(), len(), split()
Tuples and Dictionaries
7 Lectures 40:02

Tuples and dictionaries are data structures within the Python environment that allow you to store more complex data. You'll find these used frequently by Python developers because there are many convenient functions that can be used to manipulate data stored in these structures.

Section Introduction

Tuples are lists that cannot be changed once stored. Tuples are often used to store non-dynamic information that is needed through the lifetime of a Python script.

Creating Tuples

Once stored, the data in a tuple can be accessed and retrieved. Mark demonstrates in this video lecture.

Accessing Values in Tuples

In this section you'll learn some of the functions that you can use with Tuples.

Tuple Functions

Dictionaries provide the opportunity to store key-value data about a single entity in a single object. You'll learn how to use dictionaries in this section.

Declaring a Dictionary

Once you've created a dictionary, you're going to need to access, edit and delete values in the dictionary. Mark shows you how in this section of the course.

Accessing and Editing Values in Dictionaries

Like other objects in Python, Dictionaries have a number of functions that make manipulating dictionary data easier. You'll learn how in this section.

Dictionary Functions
Time and Date
4 Lectures 12:47

Programmers frequently have to work with times and dates. Python has a number of tools to assist you with time and date information. In this section you'll learn some of the time and date functions available in Python.

Section Introduction

The time tuple provides information about the current time and date. You'll access it in this section of the course.

The Time Tuple

The calendar object allows you to manipulate calendar data. Mark explains in this section of the course.

The Calendar

The time and calendar utility functions in Python will help you work with time and date data in the language.

Time and Calendar Functions
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About the Instructor
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With a mission of “teaching the world to code" LearnToProgram instructors are teachers first and technical experts second. Their primary skill is relating complex technical information to nontechnical people learning web, mobile and game development. The entirely online, self-paced sales model allows students to learn at their own pace.

With over 40 courses on the market, LearnToProgram offers students flexible programs in web development, mobile application development and game development. Currently the company's most popular online courses include Become a Certified Web Developer and 10 Apps in 10 Weeks.

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Mark Lassoff
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Programming Instructor with over 500,000 students worldwide.

Mark Lassoff 's parents frequently claim that Mark was born to be a programmer.  Starting, in the mid-eighties at age 11, Mark was hard at work on his Commodore 64 writing games in the BASIC language.  After completing a computer science degree, Mark developed software for several well-known internet startups during the initial internet boom of the mid 1990’s.  Five years ago Mark parlayed a two decades of software development experience into his latest entrepreneurial venture, LearnToProgram Media.

LearnToProgram Media publishes online courses that teach mobile, web, and game development. Over 500,000 people have learned programming from Mark through online classes he has either authored or published. In addition to publishing popular courses and books LearnToProgram Media operates an internet video network which produces several programs on software development.

Previously Mark founded PowerPlant Marketing, which created marketing automation software for REALTORS™.  After the sale of PowerPlant, Mark went on to found Internet Broadcasting Group which counted among it’s launch clients Nike, Blue Moon Brewing Company and Opubco.

Mark lives in Connecticut and speaks worldwide on software development, entrepreneurship and online learning.  He has spoken at TechWeek NY, TechWeek LA, and SXSW, among other large conferences.  In his spare time he he enjoys aviation, mentoring new business owners and spending time with life-long friends and family.