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PyCon 2011 Atlanta

March 9th–17th

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Hands on Beginning Python

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Novice / Tutorial
March 10th 9 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
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.