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What you will learn

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    Accomplish multi-step tasks like sorting or looping using tuples

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    Create programs that are able to read and write data from files

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    Explain the principles of data structures & how they are used

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    Store data as key/value pairs using Python dictionaires

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Python Syntax And SemanticsData StructureTuplePython Programming

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

3 hours to complete

Chapter Six: Strings

In this class, we pick up where we left off in the previous class, starting in Chapter 6 of the textbook and covering Strings and moving into data structures. The second week of this class is dedicated to getting Python installed if you want to actually run the applications on your desktop or laptop. If you choose not to install Python, you can just skip to the third week and get a head start.

7 videos (Total 57 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
6.1 - Strings15m
6.2 - Manipulating Strings17m
Worked Exercise: 6.58m
Bonus: Office Hours New York City2m
Bonus: Monash Museum of Computing History7m
Fun: The Textbook Authors Meet @PyCon3m
7 readings
Reading: Welcome to Python Data Structures10m
Help Us Learn More About You!10m
Welcome to Python 310m
Submitting Assignments10m
Notice for Auditing Learners: Assignment Submission10m
Audio Versions of All Lectures10m
1 practice exercise
Chapter 6 Quiz20m
4 hours to complete

Unit: Installing and Using Python

In this module you will set things up so you can write Python programs. We do not require installation of Python for this class. You can write and test Python programs in the browser using the "Python Code Playground" in this lesson. Please read the "Using Python in this Class" material for details.

5 videos (Total 23 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Windows 10: Installing Python and Writing A Program8m
Windows: Taking Screen Shots2m
Macintosh: Using Python and Writing A Program4m
Macintosh: Taking Screen Shots4m
2 readings
Important Reading: Using Python in this Class10m
Notes on Choice of Text Editor10m
3 hours to complete

Chapter Seven: Files

Up to now, we have been working with data that is read from the user or data in constants. But real programs process much larger amounts of data by reading and writing files on the secondary storage on your computer. In this chapter we start to write our first programs that read, scan, and process real data.

5 videos (Total 46 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
5 videos
7.2 - Processing Files11m
Demonstration: Worked Exercise 7.19m
Bonus: Office Hours Barcelona1m
Bonus: Gordon Bell - Building Blocks of Computing15m
1 reading
Where is the 7.2 worked exercise?10m
1 practice exercise
Chapter 7 Quiz20m
3 hours to complete

Chapter Eight: Lists

As we want to solve more complex problems in Python, we need more powerful variables. Up to now we have been using simple variables to store numbers or strings where we have a single value in a variable. Starting with lists we will store many values in a single variable using an indexing scheme to store, organize, and retrieve different values from within a single variable. We call these multi-valued variables "collections" or "data structures".

7 videos (Total 48 min), 3 quizzes
7 videos
8.2 - Manipulating Lists9m
8.3 - Lists and Strings7m
Fun: Python Lists in Paris37s
Worked Exercise: Lists11m
Bonus: Office Hours - Chicago42s
Bonus: Rasmus Lerdorf - Inventing the PHP Language7m
1 practice exercise
Chapter 8 Quiz20m
3 hours to complete

Chapter Nine: Dictionaries

The Python dictionary is one of its most powerful data structures. Instead of representing values in a linear list, dictionaries store data as key / value pairs. Using key / value pairs gives us a simple in-memory "database" in a single Python variable.

7 videos (Total 77 min), 2 quizzes
7 videos
9.2 - Counting with Dictionaries11m
9.3 - Dictionaries and Files13m
Worked Exercise: Dictionaries24m
Bonus: Office Hours - Amsterdam3m
Bonus: Brendan Eich - Inventing Javascript11m
Fun: Dr. Chuck Goes Motocross Racing2m
1 practice exercise
Chapter 9 Quiz20m
2 hours to complete

Chapter Ten: Tuples

Tuples are our third and final basic Python data structure. Tuples are a simple version of lists. We often use tuples in conjunction with dictionaries to accomplish multi-step tasks like sorting or looping through all of the data in a dictionary.

6 videos (Total 49 min), 2 quizzes
6 videos
Worked Exercise: Tuples and Sorting10m
Bonus: Office Hours - Puebla, Mexico1m
Bonus: John Resig - Inventing JQuery10m
Douglas Crockford: JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)7m
Fun: The Greatest Taco in the World2m
1 practice exercise
Chapter 10 Quiz20m
1 hour to complete


To celebrate your making it to the halfway point in our Python for Everybody Specialization, we welcome you to attend our online graduation ceremony. It is not very long, and it features a Commencement speaker and very short commencement speech.

2 videos (Total 16 min), 2 readings
2 videos
Dr.Chuck Wrap Up/What's Next8m
2 readings
Please Rate this Course on Class-Central10m
Post-Course Survey10m
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About the Python for Everybody Specialization

This Specialization builds on the success of the Python for Everybody course and will introduce fundamental programming concepts including data structures, networked application program interfaces, and databases, using the Python programming language. In the Capstone Project, you’ll use the technologies learned throughout the Specialization to design and create your own applications for data retrieval, processing, and visualization....
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