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Learning to program in Python Mon, 3 Dec 18 5 days
Python Programming Tue, 4 Dec 18 4 days

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Python Programming - training course
The fundamentals in depth, and an introduction to applications such as GUI design and Data Munging.
Duration: 4 days • Price: £1530.00 +VAT (with hotel room), or £1250.00 +VAT (without room), • Venue: Melksham, Wiltshire


COURSE START DATES
• Tuesday 17 April 2018• Tuesday 22 May 2018
• Tuesday 26 June 2018• Tuesday 14 August 2018
• Tuesday 11 September 2018• Tuesday 9 October 2018
• Tuesday 4 December 2018
DESCRIPTION
The course starts by overviewing Python, and looking at the language's statements, variable naming and base types, comment, loops and conditional structures, with appropriate comparisons made to other languages for the particular group of delegate. It then goes on to study Python's collections - Lists, Tuples and Dictionaries. Functions, Modules and packages are then covered, as is the use of and creation of data types (objects) in Python. An short overview of OO principles is included in case any of the trainees on the course have only experience of a structured programming language. This is followed by the "heart" of the course which covers objects ... and dictionaries, strings, files and exceptions as object too. We introduce the development environments and other resources available, and take a look with practical exercises at test procedures and good code design.

The final modules of the course introduce the practical use of Python in a number of applications, such as online (cgi and Django), XML and database connectivity, graphic user interfaces (Tkinter, wxPython, Qt and GTK) and Data Munging and Systems administration tasks.
PREREQUISITES
Prior programming experience in another language such as Perl, Java, Basic or C. If you haven't programmed before, please book on our Learning to program in Python course instead.

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SUBJECT BACKGROUND
Python is powerful, portable, object-oriented open source programming language for writing stand alone programs, quick scripts, and prototypes for large applications.
COURSE CONTENT
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Python language fundamentals
Introduction to Python (module Y101) What is Python? Running Python from the command line. Running Python from a script file. Hello Python World. Sourcing and installing Python.
Python - Fundamentals (module Y102) Assignments and Data Types in Python. Strings, Integer Real and Complex numbers. Expressions and Operators. Coercion and Conversion. The print statement. Input and raw_input. Commenting your program.
Conditionals and Loops (module Y103) Booleans. If, elif and else. Inset blocks. While loops. Break and continue. Shorthand Operators.
Lists and Tuples (module Y104) What are collections and why do we have them? Introduction to lists. The for loop. Tuples. List and Tuple Slices. Copying a list, conerting to a list or tuple. Concatanating and repeating lists. Comparing lists and the in operator.
Functions, Modules and Packages (module Y105) Def and parameters. Default parameters. return statments. Variable scope and namespaces. Global variables. lambdas. Doc strings. Generator functions and yield. from and import. Built in and user defined modules.
 
Python, Object Orientation, Object use
Object Orientation: Individual Objects (module Q906) History - unstructured and structured code. Introduction to object oriented programming. Classes and methods. Static and nonstatic. Instances, constructors and destructors. Overloading. Accessing members of a class. Loading and using classes. Direct access to variables. Encouraging class use.
Python - using functions, objects and modules. (module Y200) Built in functions. Passing parameters in and out. Methods on built in data types. Loading modules - from v import. Calling functions and methods from modules. Learning about methods in a standard module. A caution on globals and statics.
Object Oriented Python (module Y106) Class statement. Attributes of an object and class. Creating instances with __init__. self. Bound and Unbound methods. Writing methods to reference object data. Method and variable naming conventions.
Dictionaries (module Y107) What is a dictionary. Dictionary operators and methods. Iterating through a Dictionary's keys. For, range and xrange. Counting and existence. Sets and frozensets. Sorting (via lists)
String Handling (module Y108) Methods on String Objects. String Formatting. Regular Expressions and the re module. Regular Expression and Match Objects.
Exceptions (module Y109) Concept of exceptions. Try, except, else and finally. Types of exceptions. Exception propagation. raise. Exception objects.
File Handling (module Y110) Built in File data types. Opening, reading writing and appending files. File system checks
More on Collections and Sequences (module Y111) Complex structures. Copy and deepcopy. More methods on lists. User defined sorting. Combining copying and comparing dictionaries. Unicode handling.
Object Orientation: Composite Objects (module Q909) Review of object orientation basics. Inheritance. Base classes and subclasses. Overriding and abstract classes. Polymorphism. Inheritance structure. Multiple inheritance and alternatives. Class structure. Hierarchy and visibility. A note on design.
Objects - Intermediate (module Y112) Inheritance. Properties. Special methods. Metaclasses. Pickling and shelving objects. Old Style Objects (prior to Python 2.2)
Object Orientation: Design Techniques (module Q907) Overview - why design? Some basics. OOD, OOA, OOP. Waterfall, spiral and Incremental models. Informal techniques. Micro, macro and specification. Formal methods. Booch, Yourdon and the OO design wars. Unified Modeling Language (UML). Views, diagrams, model elements and general mechanisms. Extending UML - stereotypes, tagged values and constraints. Functions of tools such as Rational Rose. Drawing support, model repository, navigation, code generation. Configuration, version control and associated tools.
Additional Python Facilities (module Y115) Is Python compiled or interpreted?. Regular expressions in Python. Elements of a Python-style regular expression. Anchors (Assertions). Literal characters. Character groups. Counts. Alternation. Grouping. Modifiers. Some examples. Methods available on Python regular expressions. Some more examples and features of regular expressions. Some popular regular expressions. Running Python and system commands from within. Handling dates and times in Python. Pickling and shelving. Accessing the environment from Python. Talking to SQL databases from Python.
Object Orientation: Design Patterns (module Q908) What are design patterns? Attributes, properties and accessors. Factory methods, Comparators, etc. Operator Overloading. Printing and serialising. Utility classes.
Applying OO design techniques and best practise (module Y116) Review of OO design techniques. Review of OO facilities in Python. Naming conventions in Python. How to arrange your classes, modules and packages. Documentation and code control.
Code testing, patterns, profiles and optimisation. (module Y212) Decorators. Static Methods. Factories and Comparators. Unittest and Doctest. The Profiler.
 
Python uses and applications
Already written modules (module Y117) Built in objects. Standard modules. time, re, unittest etc. The Vaults of Parnassus and the Cheeseshop. Sourceforge and other sources. wx, tkinter, qt.
Python and SQL databases (module Y113) A built in database - SQLite. Connection to a database server. Drivers for MySQL and other databases. The basic principles of databases. Using SQLite from Python. Using MySQL and other databses from Python. Checking your tables from the command line. Databases in Django.
numpy, scipy and matplotlib (module Y118) Introduction to numpy, scipy and matplotib. Sourcing and installing numpy. Data type wrappers - how and why. N-Dimensional array objects. Saving and loading - files, databases and broadcasting. Matrix Manipulation. Sourcing and installing scipy. Linear Algebra and Fourier Transform. Random Number capabilities. Numerical Integration. Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs). Sourcing and installing matplotlib. First steps in data graphing with matplotlib. Tuning your graphs. Multiple plots, graphs, axes and more. Pie, Polar, Histogram, Scatter plots, etc. The artist around the graph. Using matplotlib with numpy. Using matplotlib with wxpython.
Python & XML (module Y151) Running Python on your Web Server. Zope, Jython, Tkinter, XML, Database access. Commonly used modules such as PyUnit. Accessing Microsoft objects / ActivePython. The Vaults of Parnassus, news groups and other sources.
GUIs and Graphics in Python (module Y203) GUIs - TkInter, pyGTK, wxPython and Python Qt - overview and comparison. Graphics - openGL, pylab and matplotlib - overview and comparison. Graphing tools in Python - overview and comparison. Python via HTML - cgi, Zope, Plone, Django - overview and comparison.
Python on the Web (module Y202) Overview of CGI. Use Python for CGI programs. Servlets and Python Server Pages
Python 3 - What is new, what's changed and why (module Y300) Introduction. Why Python 3? Print as a function. Input changes. Range and other iterators (map, etc). nonlocal (compared to global). New style classes. Strings, bytes, unicode and string formatting. Exceptions. Other changes. A note on Decorators. Versions 2.6 and 2.7 3.0 to 3.3 and 2to3. A Strategy for upgrade.

TUTOR and COURSE AUTHOR
Graham Ellis - graham@wellho.net [email]  [about Graham]
VENUE
Melksham, Wiltshire

A public Python course in Colorado, USA is offered by Mark Lutz, author of "Learning Python" and other O'Reilly books on Python. This course also runs 3 times a year. There is no commercial link between Mark and Well House Consultants, but each of us tells prospective customers about the other's services where appropriate.
Public courses run at Well House Manor - our own purpose fitted training centre and business hotel / conference centre in Melksham.
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PRICE
1 student   2 students   3 students   For 4 or more students
from the same company,
please consider a private course.
 With hotel room
£1530.00
(£1836.00 inc VAT)
Without room
£1250.00
(£1500.00 inc VAT) 
 With hotel rooms
£3010.00
(£3612.00 inc VAT)
Without rooms
£2450.00
(£2940.00 inc VAT) 
 With hotel rooms
£4490.00
(£5388.00 inc VAT)
Without rooms
£3650.00
(£4380.00 inc VAT) 
 
Notes:
• Multiple discount applies to bookings for second and subsequent delegates on the same running of a course, and on same order.
• Hotel rooms are available for arrival the night before the course starts, for departure after the end of the course on the last day.
FOLLOW UPS
If you're looking to write extensive GUIs using Python, make heavy use of it on the web, or embed it within your own application, please ask us to run a "Python Extra" day for you; Python Extra days allow us to give greater coverage to more specialist topics without extending the basic course.

Upon completion of your course, you'll have online access to the source code of all the examples from the course, and you'll have access to the "Ask the Tutor" forum where you can raise questions. We also encourage you to email the tutor, and to visit us again to use our library as appropriate.

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