Teach yourself programming with no prior experience
The open-source Python programming language has grown in capability and support to become a serious contender for cross-platform personal computing and server development. This course introduces the student to this exciting programming language, cultivating professional software development skills along the way. Yet this course requires no prior programming knowledge. Organized as 64 lessons, 16 tests and two exams, for a total of 82 lecture units, this course covers the following topics:
By the end of the course, students will have learned how to write Python projects, including custom classes and modules. The course culminates with an exploration of windowed application development, including a bitmapped graphics project.
- Python variable, function, class and environment syntax.
- Custom module development.
- Software development skills and activities.
- Python dictionaries, lists, tuples and iterable types.
- Command console operations.
- List comprehensions.
- Python exception handling.
- IPython operations and commands.
- Essential built-in Python library features.
- An introduction to Matplotlib.
- An introduction to wxPython and windowed development.
Course Materials As well as the 605-page book with lay-flat binding, each order will include a CD-ROM that contains the following:
Note: If you order multiple copies of the book and you require more than one instructor's CD-ROM, please state your requirement in the Comments area after placing your order.
- Instructor's guide for each lesson
- Tests and exams
- Solutions guide for exercises, tests and exams
- Student handouts
- Completed projects for each lesson
Student Prerequisites Simple computer skills, including typing, installing programs, starting programs from the Start menu, and finding and opening files with Explorer.
Instructor Prerequisites Same as student. No programming experience is required to monitor student progress successfully.
Operating System Requirements Windows XP or higher, 400 MB free disk space (1 GB preferred).
Errata and Updates Corrections to errors in the text or instructor material will be available on this Errata Page.
Sample Lesson Download and review a sample lesson and a sample instructor guide for the same lesson.
About the SoftBaugh Professional Development Course Series This book is the first in an upcoming series that helps students become more successful as employees or entrepreneurs. Regardless of your specific situation or needs, these courses can help you meet your goals. All instructor materials, including tests and solution guides, are supplied for free on CD-ROM with any of the courses.
This course series will be ideal also for home-school students to start them down the road to a complete technical education. By the end of the complete series, when available, students will be able to design circuit boards, write firmware, and program microcontrollers used in many products, including consumer products and agricultural equipment.