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19.1. Overview

Here are the things we will cover in this course:

  • What is python? * Hello world
  • Program logic * Whitespace in python * Declaring variables * Expressions * Loops * if..then..else * Declaring Functions * Documenting functions
  • Python datatypes (dynamically typed, strongly typed) * String, int, float * Dictionaries * Lists * Tubles * String formatting * List comprehensions
  • Introspection * Optional and named arguments * type, str, dir * getattr * lambda functions * __doc__
  • Objects * Module imports * Import search paths * Defining classes * Class initialisation (constructors) * self * Class instantiation * Garbage collection * Instance Variables (class members) * Method overloading (not supported) * Class attributes (static class variables) * Private functions (to module) * Private class methods (to class) * Private attributes (to class)
  • Exceptions * try...except * try...except...else * try...except...finally
  • File IO * reading text files * writing text files * file path manipulation (os module) * splitting paths * directory listings / globbing