Synopsis

This is a 6-week introductory course to programming in Python. The goal of this course is to enable participants to get the best out of the features the language has to offer. After introducing language basics, the class will cover object-oriented and functional programming in Python, introduce important modules from the Python standard library, and then focus on Python paradigms and best practices to solve frequent tasks. We will investigate how to use Python in different scenarios; from small scripting tasks to medium-scale projects. This class focuses on "clean" Python 2.7, which is largely compatible with Python 3. Differences in Python 3 are mentioned, if necessary.

Final Project

Instead of a final exam, participants will create a final project in Python based on their own interest. The final project is meant to be fun and provide more hands-on experience in addition to the shorter weekly homework assignments. It will also allow individual participants to look at more advanced topics that are useful to them (such as specific third party libraries).

Pre-requisites

Working knowledge of any programming language.