Python looks a bit different than other scripting languages. This chapter is a quick overview of the language so you can more easily follow along with the rest of the course.
- [Bill] Python does not look like a lot of other languages. It doesn't use braces or semicolons, line endings and indentation are meaningful, and in Python, everything is an object. Before we delve into the details of language features, it can be useful to see how all the pieces fit together. This chapter provides that bird's-eye view of the language as a whole. We'll use examples to describe different elements of Python's syntax without getting into much detail about how each feature works.
The idea is for you to become familiar with the syntax of the language so that you may better learn its features later. Don't worry about the details for now. We'll get into a lot of detail in the later chapters. Think of this chapter as the cover picture for a puzzle, so you'll have a vision of what the whole puzzle looks like as you gather all the pieces.
- Python anatomy
- Types and values
- Conditionals and operators
- Building loops
- Defining functions
- Python data structures: lists, tuples, sets, and more
- Creating classes
- Handling exceptions
- Working with strings
- File input/output (I/O)
- Creating modules
- Integrating a database with Python db-api
Skill Level Intermediate
Python: Programming Efficientlywith Michele Vallisneri2h 15m Intermediate
2. Language Overview
3. Types and Values
8. Structured Data
11. String Objects
12. File I/O
13. Built-in Functions
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