Python 3 Essential Training

with Bill Weinman
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Python 3 Essential Training
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Due to its power, simplicity, and complete object model, Python has become the scripting language of choice for many large organizations, including Google, Yahoo, and IBM. In Python 3 Essential Training, Bill Weinman demonstrates how to use Python 3 to create well-designed scripts and maintain existing projects. This course covers the basics of the language syntax and usage, as well as advanced features such as objects, generators, and exceptions. Example projects include a normalized database interface and a complete working CRUD application. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • A Python 3 quick start for experienced developers
  • Creating functions and objects
  • Using Python’s built-in objects and classes
  • Repeating code with loops and iterators
  • Understanding and using conditional expressions
  • Creating sequences with generators
  • Reusing code with objects and libraries
  • Handling errors with exceptions
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Hi! I'm Bill Weinman, and I'd like to welcome you to Python 3 Essential Training. Python is a modern object-oriented programming language that's well-suited for a variety of uses, from simple scripts to complex web applications. In this course, I'll show you how to use Python and how to take advantage of its unique and powerful features. I'll start by giving you an overview of Python, so that you can get started right away. This quick start is designed for the experienced programmer who wants to leverage their existing knowledge to start using Python quickly and with as little detail as necessary.

Then we'll get right into the details of the language, its syntax and structure, exception handling, functions, classes and Python's powerful object model. I'll show you how to do common tasks in Python, including file layout, databases and web development, and I'll show you how to use modules to leverage your work and the work of others to get your projects done faster and with less effort. Finally, I'll walk you through some real-world examples of working Python code, so you can see how the pieces fit together and to help you get started on your own projects.

This course is designed for programmers. If you already have some programming experience in at least one other modern language, this course is for you. I've been a programmer since the `70s, and I've used many different languages over the years, and I'm really excited about Python. I'm glad to be able to share this knowledge and experience with you, so that you can write better applications today. Now, let's get started with Python 3 Essential Training.

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Q: The installation process for the PyDev Eclipse plug-in doesn’t work as described in the videos. What should I do?
A: The version of Eclipse used in the recording of Python 3 Essential Training was Eclipse 3.5.2 (Galileo SR2) and the version of PyDev was 1.5.7. Soon after recording, the Eclipse project was updated to version 3.6, called Helios. As of this writing, the current version of Eclipse is 3.6.1 (Helios SR1).
Around the same time as these updates were being released, the PyDev project was updated as well. As of this writing, the current version of PyDev is 1.6.2. If you are using these most recent versions, the procedure for installing Eclipse itself has not changed, but the process documented in the videos for installing PyDev may not work.

We will be releasing new versions of the videos soon, but the author has posted a document describing the new installation procedure at:
Q: How do you install the pydev-interpreter in Eclipse Indigo on Mac OS X Lion? It's significantly different than what's shown in the video "Installing Python 3 and Eclipse for Mac."
A: Since this course was publishing, there have been upgrades to Mac OS X and Eclipse. In this scenario, after installing Python and Eclipse and the Pydev interpreter, there is a different directory to go to when modifying the preferences. As instructed in the movie (at around 6:40) restart Eclipse and then go to Eclipse > Preferences and drill down to Pydev > Interpreter - Python in the sidebar. Click New and in the Select interpreter dialog that opens, click Browse.

The Open dialog box will open, but does not appear to display your hard drive. You must press and hold the Command+Shift+Period keys. This will display all hidden files on your system. Navigate to the new path ~/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/versions/3.2/bin/python 3.2 and click Open.

You should be able to proceed normally from there.
Q: When I try to install PyDev, it's not showing up in the Available Software window.
A:  This can happen if the site is down.
    You can manually download PyDev from the web site, or from my site here:

    Installation is simple. I've included instructions on my web site above.
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