Hands On Beginning Python

Programming, Python
Location: Portland 252
Tags: python, tdd, handson
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 10 ratings)

We’re going to mesh TDD, a desire to learn Python and Brazilian BBQ. Bring your laptop (having Python 2.x installed (will note 3.x differences)). This is hands on! You will program! It is assumed that you know how to program but perhaps not in Python. You start hungry and leave stuffed. We assume you know nothing and will stuff you with enough Python to be dangerous.

The tutorial works like this: There’s a short presentation. A short testcase for you to complete. Rinse/repeat until we run out of time. Hopefully you’ll walk away from this tutorial knowing how to write Python programs.

Course will cover:

  • REPL
  • Types
  • Mutable/Immutable
  • Getting help
  • Lists
  • Dictionaries
  • Functions
  • Whitespace
  • Conditionals & booleans
  • Iteration
  • Slicing
  • I/O
  • Classes
  • Exceptions
  • Packaging and layout

There are short testcases to allow participants to practice concepts.

Included are slides, code for assignments a handout and prizes for completion of assignments.

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Matt Harrison


Matt Harrison is a corporate trainer and consultant at MetaSnake. MetaSnake specializes in Python and Data Science. He teaches companies big and small how to leverage Python and Data Science for great good.