Python Programming 1 & 2

Python Programming 1 & 2

5 days @ £2,100.00 exc. VAT 

Course Code: PYP12

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Python Programming 1 & 2 Course Overview

Python is an object oriented rapid development language deployed in many scenarios in the modern world.

This Python Programming 1 & 2 course comprises sessions dealing with the basics, variables, operators, conditional and control statements, functions, modules, pattern matching, OO, email, databases, advanced OO, iterators and generators, comprehensions, decorators, multithreading, functional programming, web services, and unit testing.

Exercises and examples are used throughout the course to give practical hands-on experience with the techniques covered.

The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

  • Reading/writing text and binary files
  • Declaring and initialising variables
  • Constructing expressions with all operator types
  • Using conditional statements
  • Using iterative statements
  • Manipulating text using regular expressions
  • Declaring and using modules
  • Using and creating Python objects
  • Using built-in library functions
  • Using lists and dictionaries
  • Interacting with the email system
  • Interacting with databases
  • Encapsulating classes
  • Exploiting polymorphism using inheritance and mixins
  • Associating objects via composition and aggregation
  • Working with static members
  • Using iterators as an alternative to for
  • Constructing custom iterators
  • Constructing functions that yield generators
  • Manipulating lists, sets, and dictionaries using comprehension
  • Exploiting aspect oriented programming using decorators
  • Writing multithreaded code
  • Sharing data between threads
  • Processing collections using lambdas
  • Building RESTful clients
  • Building RESTful APIs
  • Testing units of code

Who will the Course Benefit?

The Python Programming 1 & 2 course is designed for existing developers who are migrating to Python from another language, or who are required to learn Python in addition to some other language.

It assumes the delegate has some experience programming in another language and has some awareness of object oriented techniques (though it is not essential that the delegate has programmed in an OO language previously).

This course is not suitable for delegates whom are new to programming. This course is specifically designed for those delegates migrating to Python from another language, i.e. already competent programmers. For the delegate for whom Python is their first programming language, we recommend taking the Python Programming 1 course first, then taking some time to practice the skills gained, before returning to take the Python Programming 2 course.

Course Objectives

This course aims to provide the delegate with the knowledge to be able to produce Python applications that exploit all core elements of the language including input/output, variables, expressions, selection and iteration, functions, modules, classes and objects, email, and database operations.

It further aims to provide the delegate with the knowledge to be able to write and troubleshoot complex Python applications exploiting inheritance and polymorphism, mixins, composition and aggregation, iterators, generators, decorators, comprehension, concurrency, functional programming, and RESTful web services.


Delegates should be able to build simple applications in a language other than Python that exploit standard programming techniques including sequence, selection, iteration, and reuse (functions). Ideally the delegate will have written some object oriented code but should at least have some awareness of object oriented techniques.

  • Course technical content is subject to change without notice.
  • Course content is structured as sessions, this does not strictly map to course timings. Concepts, content and practicals often span sessions.

Python Programming 1 & 2 Training Course

Course Introduction

  • Administration and Course Materials
  • Course Structure and Agenda
  • Delegate and Trainer Introductions


  • What is PYTHON and why PYTHON is useful
  • Installing Python
  • The IDLE editor
  • A simple PYTHON Program


  • How to run PYTHON programs on UNIX and Windows platform
  • Lines and Indentation
  • Multiple line Statements
  • Quotation Marks
  • Reserved Words in Python
  • Python Suites
  • Input
  • Output
  • Working with Files
  • Labs


  • Assignments
  • Data Types
  • Numbers
  • Strings
  • Lists
  • Tuples
  • Dictionaries
  • Labs


  • Arithmetic Operators
  • Comparison Operators
  • Assignment Operators
  • Bitwise Operators
  • Logical Operators
  • Membership Operators
  • Identity Operators
  • Operator Precedence
  • Labs

Python Programming 1 & 2 Training Course


  • if elif else constructs
  • while and for Loops
  • Iteration
  • Labs

Session 6: FUNCTIONS

  • Creating Functions
  • Def Statement
  • Calling functions
  • Scoping variables
  • Passing arguments
  • Labs

Session 7: MODULES

  • What is a module
  • Standard modules
  • How to define and code a module
  • Using import
  • Argument passing and return values from a module
  • Labs


  • The re module
  • How pattern matching works
  • Pattern matching operators
  • Pattern matching special characters
  • Labs Part 1
  • Pattern matching options
  • Pattern substitution
  • Pattern tagging
  • Translation
  • Labs Part 2

Python Programming 1 & 2 Training Course

Session 9: Python OO

  • Why use OO
  • Creating a simple class
  • Inheritance
  • Passing data into a class
  • More complex classes
  • Labs

Session 10: EXCEPTIONS

  • What are exceptions
  • Default Handler
  • catch/try/raise Statements
  • Class Based Exceptions
  • What Not To Do
  • Labs


  • Simple emails
  • HTML Emails
  • Working with Attachments
  • Labs


  • Python and Databases
  • Connecting to MySQL Database
  • Working with tables /Records

Python Programming 1 & 2 Training Course


  • The self Keyword
  • Constructors and Destructors
  • Encapsulation
  • Inheritance
  • Polymorphism
  • Abstract Classes
  • Multiple Inheritance and Mixins
  • Composition and Aggregation
  • Static Members


  • Iterables
  • Iterators
  • Custom Iterators
  • Generators
  • Yield vs. Return


  • List Comprehension
  • Set Comprehension
  • The zip Function
  • Dictionary Comprehension

Session 16: DECORATORS

  • Decorators
  • Decorator Functions
  • Decorator Annotations
  • Decorator Use Cases
  • Labs

Python Programming 1 & 2 Training Course


  • Threads
  • Multithreading
  • Thread Construction
  • Thread Execution
  • Thread Sleep
  • Joins
  • Data Sharing
  • Synchronisation
  • Multithreading vs. Multiprocessing


  • Functional Programming
  • Lambdas
  • Immutability
  • Mapping
  • Filtering
  • Reducing

Session 19: WEB SERVICES

  • RESTful Web Services
  • JSON Data
  • CRUD and HTTP
  • RESTful Clients
  • RESTful APIs

Session 20: UNIT TESTING

  • Unit Testing Terminology
  • Test Classes
  • Test Fixtures
  • Test Cases
  • Assertions
  • Test Runners
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