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Lesson 1

Python Fundamentals LiveLessons (Video Training): : Lesson 1: Introduction (Downloadable Version)

The first lesson helps viewers set up and ready to learn Python. Material covered includes installation, how/where to write Python source code, development environment, Python's interactive interpreter, etc., all of which culminates in the classic "Hello World!" example.

Duration: 00:11:18  File Size: 13 MB

Lesson 2

Python Fundamentals LiveLessons (Video Training): Lesson 2: Getting Started (Downloadable Version)

Before diving straight into Python, it's important to learn where Python has come from and where it is going.  This lesson features a brief language backgrounder, what it's key advantages are, and most importantly, goes into some detail about Python's current transition to its next generation release, Python 3. The lesson concludes with both the expected "Hello World!" example as well as a demo of the core language fundamentals that are covered in the remainder of this LiveLessons video course.

Duration: 00:39:31  File Size: 49 MB

Lesson 3

Python Fundamentals LiveLessons (Video Training): Lesson 3: Python Syntax Basics (Downloadable Version)

True to its name, this lesson covers the basic language syntax rules: code structure, statements, delimitation, variables, assignment, plus rules and guidelines for identifier names. Of course, those are language independent aspects, but the latter part of the lesson focuses on Python-specifics such as keywords and built-in functions. It then concludes with three very important introductions: how to create and call functions, how to import functionality from other Python modules, and the raw_input() built-in function which can be used to obtain user input from the command-line.

Duration: 00:40:12  File Size: 48 MB

Lesson 4

Python Fundamentals LiveLessons (Video Training): Lesson 4: Standard Types (Downloadable Version)

The longest lesson in this LiveLessons video course features an in-depth look into Python's standard data types. It starts off with light fare such as Boolean values and the various operators and built-in functions that work with most Python types. This is followed by a comprehensive look at Python's numeric, sequence, and hashing types, as well as the operators and built-in functions and methods that apply to each of those types.

Duration: 02:05:34  File Size: 144 MB

Lesson 5

Python Fundamentals LiveLessons (Video Training): Lesson 5: Objects and Memory Model (Downloadable Version)

This is the first lesson of our LiveLessons video course that you can skip and come back to later. It goes into detail about Python's memory model and is strongly recommended viewing but may be too advanced for those who are just learning Python. Topics covered in this lesson include objects, references, and memory management. It also features a way of categorizing each of the standard types using various models to help you learn and understand them much better; then concludes several quizzes to test your comprehension.

Duration: 00:32:07  File Size: 36 MB

Lesson 6

Python Fundamentals LiveLessons (Video Training): Lesson 6: Loops and Conditionals (Downloadable Version)

It's back to the basics with this lesson, covering generic flow control using loops and conditionals. The lesson begins with a review of Python's syntax rules then covers Python's if statement then its for and while loops as well as auxiliary constructs, statements, and built-in functions.

Duration: 00:44:14  File Size: 49 MB

Lesson 7

Python Fundamentals LiveLessons (Video Training): Lesson 7: Files and Input/Output (Downloadable Version)

In this lesson, we review what files -- including the standard files -- are and provide the context in which to think about files in Python. Material covered in this lesson includes the open() built-in function as well as file object methods; it then concludes with a brief discussion of other forms of persistent storage available for Python users.

Duration: 00:21:22  File Size: 26 MB

Lesson 8

Python Fundamentals LiveLessons (Video Training): Lesson 8: Errors and Exceptions (Downloadable Version)

Run-time exception handling may still seem "new" even though the concept has been around for a long time, but it is pretty much of a requirement of most modern-day programming languages. This lesson begins with a review of exceptions then discusses how to accomplish exception handling in Python. The latter part of the lesson covers other exception-related functionality featuring the else, finally, raise, and assert statements as well as how to create (and use) exception classes. The lesson concludes with what you CANNOT do with exceptions as well as a reminder that not all exceptions mean some error is involved... they can be just warnings or simple notification of loop termination.

Duration: 00:36:47  File Size: 45 MB

Lesson 9

Python Fundamentals LiveLessons (Video Training): Lesson 9: Functions and Functional Programming (Downloadable Version)

Creating and calling functions were briefly introduced back in an earlier lesson, so the goal of this lesson is to fill in more of the gaps as well as introducing other features of functions and functional programming found in Python. In particular, a good amount of time is spent on features that focus on functions arguments/parameters, i.e., keyword arguments, default values, return values, calling convention applicability in Python, etc. The remainder of the lesson covers variable scope, namespaces, functional programmings, anonymous functions, variable arguments, and finally, argument grouping.

Duration: 00:56:12  File Size: 62 MB

Lesson 10

Python Fundamentals LiveLessons (Video Training): Lesson 10: Object-Oriented Programming (Downloadable Version)

The final lesson can also be deferred by the viewer. Although Python is an object-oriented programming language, using OOP is not required to create a working application. Users can learn and use OOP when they are ready. This lesson is fairly comprehensive, starting with a general introduction to OOP then gradually bringing Python into the picture. The remainder of the lesson covers all the core OOP components of Python: classes, class attributes, instances, instance attributes, methods, subclasses and finally, multiple inheritance.

Duration: 01:18:32  File Size: 88 MB

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  • Copyright 2009
  • Edition: 1st
  • DVD
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-714341-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-714341-2

For any student or professional interested in learning the fundamentals of Python

In this one-of-a-kind video package, leading Python developer and trainer Wesley Chun helps you learn Python quickly and comprehensively, so that you can immediately succeed with any Python project.

Just click and watch: One step at a time, you will master Python fundamentals. If you already have Python experience, these videos will help further develop your skills. The lessons start with an introduction to the core features of the Python language, including syntax basics and standard types and operations. The lessons progress into advanced topics, such as Python’s memory model and object-oriented programming.

This LiveLessons video course closely mirrors the topics covered in its sister publication, Core Python Programming, Second Edition (Prentice Hall, 2007). As in the book, viewers will find review questions and coding exercises at the end of each lesson in the video booklet to test the material introduced in the video and printed parts of the lesson.


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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Lesson 1: Introduction: Administrivia, Installation, References/Resources 1

Downloading Python 1

Editors 1

IDEs 1

Interactive Interpreter 4

Exercises 5

Lesson 2: Getting Started 7

Python 2 to Python 3 Transition 7

Exercises 7

Lesson 3: Python Syntax Basics 9

Basic Syntax Rules 9

Commenting 9

Code Block Delimitation 9

Variables and Assignment 10

Identifier Rules 10

Functions 10

Importing Modules and Packages 11

User Keyboard Input 12

Exercises 12

Lesson 4: Standard Types 13

Standard Types 13

Numbers 13

Sequences 14

Hashing 18

Operators and Built-in Functions 21

Exercises 31

Lesson 5: *Objects and Memory Model 33

Objects 33

References (and Variables) 34

Reference Counting 34

Categorizing the Types 35

Quizzes 36

Exercises 36

Lesson 6: Loops and Conditionals 37

if Statement Family 37

Ternary Operator/Conditional Expression 37

Loops 38

while 38

for 38

Loop Helpers 42

Summary 43

Exercises 43

Lesson 7: Files and Input/Output 45

Files 45

Standard Files 45

File Objects 46

File Methods 46

Reading Data 46

Writing Data 48

Other File Attributes 48

Limitations of Files and Other Forms of Persistent Storage 49

Pickling Objects 49

Shelving Objects 50

Summary 51

Exercises 54

Lesson 8: Errors and Exceptions 55

Concepts 55

Exception Handling and Python 55

Using the try-except Statement 56

Causes of Exceptions 58

Handling Multiple Exceptions 58

Using else with try-except 59

The finally Statement 59

*Context Management 60

Throwing Exceptions with raise and assert 61

Creating Your Own Exceptions 62

Limitations 63

Non-Error Exceptions 63

Summary 64

Exercises 66

Lesson 9: Functions and Functional Programming 67

Arguments in Function Calls 68

Function Declarations and Definitions 68

Return Values 69

*Evaluation 69

Variable Scope and Namespaces 70

Functional Programming 74

* and ** Have Nothing to Do with Pointers in Python 75

Variable Arguments 76

Argument Groups/Collections/Expansion 76

*Advanced Topics 77

Summary 79

Exercises 79

Lesson 10: *Object-Oriented Programming 81

Structured Programming 81

Object-Oriented Programming 82

Structured/Procedural vs. Object-Oriented Programming 82

OOP and Python 83

Classes 84

Instances 86

Methods 87

Subclasses 88

Multiple Inheritance 91

Summary 92

Exercises 94


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