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Python Bootcamp - C4Dlab             SCI labs, University of Nairobi             Nov 24th 2013             Kenny Rachuonyo
Introduction to Python    Features of Python●   Simplicity - pseudocode●   Free and Open Source - community●   High-level ...
Features (cont.)●   Embeddable – games, graphics,●   Extensive Libraries (batteries included) – data    compression, OS, N...
Python in the Industry    Web●   Google – Youtube, backend tasks..●   Reddit – news aggregation site●   Disqus – commentin...
Python in the Industry    Desktop●   Games – Counterstrike, Civilization IV●   Cinema 4D – Graphics●   Dropbox●   GUI fram...
Python in the Industry    Scientific Computing●   NASA●   Packages: Scipy, Numpy, Matplotlib,
Python in the Industry    Mobile●   Nokia Symbian Series 60●   Android – Scripting Layer for Android●   Blackberry●   Kivy...
Python Basics●   The interpreter    –   Installation    –   Windows (set path)●   Datatypes: int, str, float, lists, tuple...
Python Basics●   Variables    –   Dynamically-typed vs statically-typed          >>> x = 1          >>>y = “hello”    –   ...
Python BasicsOperator          Operation+                 Addition-                 Subtraction/                 Division*...
Python Basics●   How will this be evaluated?        >>>X = 1 + 2 – 3 ** 4 * ( 5+6)
Python Basics●   Operator Precedence rules    Parenthesis    Power    Multiplication    Addition    Left-to-right
Python Basics●   Integer division         >>> 4/2         >>> 5/2●   Mixing integer and floats         >>> 5/2.0●   Castin...
Python Basics    Strings – sequence of characters         >>> s = “hello world”●   Looking inside         >>> s[0]●   Conc...
Python Basics    Handy String functions●   find           >>> s.find(e)●   Replace           >>> n = s.replace(e, a )●   M...
Python Basics●   Get the second word world by slicing        >>> “hello, world”[x:y]
Python Basics    Lists – collection of values●   Declaring        >>> l = list()        >>> l = []●   Can hold different t...
Python Basics    Lists – collection of values●   Getting length         >>> len(l)●   Slicing         >>> l[1:4]●   Conver...
Python Basics●   Append an item to the list within the list         >>> l = [1, a, [2, 3], 4]         >>> l = [1, a, [2, 3...
Python Basics●   Handy functions    Sum          >>> sum([2, 3, 4])    Max          >>> max([2, 3, 4])    Min          >>>...
Python Basics    Dictionaries – key, value pairs    Associative array, hash table●   Declaring        >>> d = dict()      ...
Python Basics    Mutability●   Mutable – can change    –   Lists, dictionary●   Immutable – cannot change    –   Strings, ...
Python Basics    Casting – numbers and strings●   Strings and numbers        >>> int(“234”)        >>> str(234)
Python Basics●   Importing modules         >>> import math         >>> math.sqrt(4)         >>> from math import sqrt     ...
Python Basics●   Basic I/O        >>> name = raw_input()        >>> name = raw_input(“Name: “)    Input numbers:        >>...
Modules●   Interactive mode vs modules●   Indentation
Boolean Values●   True           >>> 1 < 2●   False           >>> 1 > 2●   Also evaluate to False:      “”, [], {}, 0
Loops●   While loop – while condition is true         x=0         while x < 10:           print x           x=x+1●   For l...
Functions●   Defining functions        def say_hello():          print “hello”●   Calling functions        say_hello()●   ...
Functions●   Commenting in Python        def sub(a, b):          d = a – b #subtracts b from a          return d●   Doc st...
File I/O●   Writing to a file         f = open(text.txt, wb)         f.write(This is a line.n)         f.close()●   Readin...
Accessing the Web●   Establishing a connection    –   sockets●   Requests and Responses    –   GET, retrieve a webpage    ...
Demo●   Web demo●   Scientific computing
Next Steps●   Intermediate topics:    –   Classes and objects in Python    –   Regular Expressions    –   Exceptions etc● ...
Resources●   Official Python Docs tutorial      http://docs.python.org/2/tutorial/●   A byte of Python      http://www.swa...
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  1. 1. Python Bootcamp - C4Dlab SCI labs, University of Nairobi Nov 24th 2013 Kenny Rachuonyo
  2. 2. Introduction to Python Features of Python● Simplicity - pseudocode● Free and Open Source - community● High-level – no low-level mngt● Interpreted – run from source● Object-Oriented – simple to use● Extensible – C/C++
  3. 3. Features (cont.)● Embeddable – games, graphics,● Extensive Libraries (batteries included) – data compression, OS, Networking, Internet, Multimedia, Graphics
  4. 4. Python in the Industry Web● Google – Youtube, backend tasks..● Reddit – news aggregation site● Disqus – commenting service● Numerous web frameworks – django, Zope, webapp2, web.py, pyramid, flask
  5. 5. Python in the Industry Desktop● Games – Counterstrike, Civilization IV● Cinema 4D – Graphics● Dropbox● GUI frameworks – PyGTK, PyQT,
  6. 6. Python in the Industry Scientific Computing● NASA● Packages: Scipy, Numpy, Matplotlib,
  7. 7. Python in the Industry Mobile● Nokia Symbian Series 60● Android – Scripting Layer for Android● Blackberry● Kivy – cross-platform: iOS, Android, Linux, Windows, Mac
  8. 8. Python Basics● The interpreter – Installation – Windows (set path)● Datatypes: int, str, float, lists, tuples, dictionaries● Basic I/O
  9. 9. Python Basics● Variables – Dynamically-typed vs statically-typed >>> x = 1 >>>y = “hello” – Strongly-typed >>> x + y● Type function >>> type(x)● Integer vs float >>> z = 1.0
  10. 10. Python BasicsOperator Operation+ Addition- Subtraction/ Division* Multiplication** Power% Modulus
  11. 11. Python Basics● How will this be evaluated? >>>X = 1 + 2 – 3 ** 4 * ( 5+6)
  12. 12. Python Basics● Operator Precedence rules Parenthesis Power Multiplication Addition Left-to-right
  13. 13. Python Basics● Integer division >>> 4/2 >>> 5/2● Mixing integer and floats >>> 5/2.0● Casting between integer and floats >>> float(5) >>>int(5.0)
  14. 14. Python Basics Strings – sequence of characters >>> s = “hello world”● Looking inside >>> s[0]● Concatenation >>> s = ”hello ” + “world”● Finding length >>> len(s)● Slicing >>> s = s[0:5]
  15. 15. Python Basics Handy String functions● find >>> s.find(e)● Replace >>> n = s.replace(e, a )● Make upper, lower >>> u = s.upper()
  16. 16. Python Basics● Get the second word world by slicing >>> “hello, world”[x:y]
  17. 17. Python Basics Lists – collection of values● Declaring >>> l = list() >>> l = []● Can hold different types >>> l = [1, a, [2, 3], 4] >>> l[2]● Appending >>> l.append(an item) >>>del(l[2])
  18. 18. Python Basics Lists – collection of values● Getting length >>> len(l)● Slicing >>> l[1:4]● Converting between strings and lists >>> strlist = “this is a string”.split(s) >>> “z”.join(strlist)
  19. 19. Python Basics● Append an item to the list within the list >>> l = [1, a, [2, 3], 4] >>> l = [1, a, [2, 3, 5], 4]
  20. 20. Python Basics● Handy functions Sum >>> sum([2, 3, 4]) Max >>> max([2, 3, 4]) Min >>> min([2, 3, 4])
  21. 21. Python Basics Dictionaries – key, value pairs Associative array, hash table● Declaring >>> d = dict() >>> d = {}● Setting a value >>> d[“event”] = “bootcamp” >>> d = {“event” : “bootcamp” }● Getting a value >>> d[“event”]
  22. 22. Python Basics Mutability● Mutable – can change – Lists, dictionary● Immutable – cannot change – Strings, tuples● Try set, del..
  23. 23. Python Basics Casting – numbers and strings● Strings and numbers >>> int(“234”) >>> str(234)
  24. 24. Python Basics● Importing modules >>> import math >>> math.sqrt(4) >>> from math import sqrt >>> sqrt(4)● dir() function >>> dir(math)
  25. 25. Python Basics● Basic I/O >>> name = raw_input() >>> name = raw_input(“Name: “) Input numbers: >>>age = raw_input(“Age: “) >>>age = int(raw_input(“Age: “))
  26. 26. Modules● Interactive mode vs modules● Indentation
  27. 27. Boolean Values● True >>> 1 < 2● False >>> 1 > 2● Also evaluate to False: “”, [], {}, 0
  28. 28. Loops● While loop – while condition is true x=0 while x < 10: print x x=x+1● For loop – loops over items words = [this , is, a, list] for w in words: print w● Loop over strings, dictionaries..● Range() function >>> range(3) >>> range(0, 10, 2)
  29. 29. Functions● Defining functions def say_hello(): print “hello”● Calling functions say_hello()● Parameters def sub(a, b): s=a-b return s sub(b=3, a=2)
  30. 30. Functions● Commenting in Python def sub(a, b): d = a – b #subtracts b from a return d● Doc strings def sub(a, b): “””this functions takes in 2 integers and returns their difference””” d=a–b return d
  31. 31. File I/O● Writing to a file f = open(text.txt, wb) f.write(This is a line.n) f.close()● Reading a file f = open(text.txt, rb) stream = f.read() f.close()
  32. 32. Accessing the Web● Establishing a connection – sockets● Requests and Responses – GET, retrieve a webpage – POST, save data● Download a webpage fopen = urllib.urlopen(“http://www.google.com”) data = fopen.read()
  33. 33. Demo● Web demo● Scientific computing
  34. 34. Next Steps● Intermediate topics: – Classes and objects in Python – Regular Expressions – Exceptions etc● Python on Appengine● Python user group
  35. 35. Resources● Official Python Docs tutorial http://docs.python.org/2/tutorial/● A byte of Python http://www.swaroopch.com/notes/python/● Think like a Computer Scientist http://www.openbookproject.net/thinkcs/python/english2e/
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