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course The Python programming language

This training is OS platform-independent

Python for users with programming experience

The course The Python programming language covers the essential aspects of programming in Python. You'll learn the syntax of the language and how to use the extensive standard Python library. In addition, subjects like programming constructs, data types and object-oriented programming style are addressed. These topics are, under the guidance of the instructor, trained extensively with practical lab exercises.

After this course you will soon be able to write complex Python programs, on your own or with others in larger projects. Read more >>>

Target audience

  • This course is meant for experienced programmers who want to learn the syntax and characteristics of the Python programming language.
    For people without programming experience, we recommend our five-day course Learn to program in Python.

The full course takes 3 days and can be booked as a whole at a cheaper rate. The first two days of the course can be booked as a separate module for students that only want to prepare for the course Numerical Python.

Module Duration Which days Price  Register now
Prices excl. 21% VAT
(days) of the course in 2017
Data-types, control structures, functions, modules
(required knowledge for Numerical Python)
2 1 & 2   € 1034,-
Object orientation, exceptions,
Python Standard Library and regular expressions
1 3   € 530,-
Full course 3 1, 2 & 3   € 1399,-

Scheduled dates

This course is part of our regular programme. For the courses that are mentioned below, the course material is in English and the teaching language will be English unless the attendants prefer the Dutch language unanimously.

Currently scheduled course dates are:

18,19,20 Apr 2017   Utrecht   (in Dutch language)
19,20,21 Jun 2017   Utrecht   (in Dutch language)

Register for this course: "The programming language Python".

Detailed information about this course

Groundbreaking in all aspects

Python is a programming language that can be deployed on many fronts. Early 90's, the Dutchman Guido van Rossum built Python on the foundations of the language ABC that was developed in the 80's at the CWI (Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science) in Amsterdam. Meanwhile, Python is no longer just a Dutch affair: Python is a language that is used worldwide for major software projects.

Python is used in many places in scripts for automating system management tasks, and as a convenient language for building portable graphical user interfaces and web applications. Also the installation programs of many Linux distributions, including RedHat, are built with Python.

Python distinguishes itself from other (scripting) languages because it has been designed already as an object oriented language. In addition, the language has a large standard library that you use as a foundation to build your owm implementations. Therefore Python is very suitable to quickly build new applications (Rapid Application Development).

Prerequisite knowledge

To follow the course programming experience is required with other languages. It does not matter whether you have gained experience with a compiled language (like C, Pascal,C++ or Java) or a scripting language (shell, awk). It is especially important that you are able to tackle a task at an algorithmic level.
Practical experience with object-oriented language is not necessary, but is certainly a plus.
When you have no programming experience whatsoever, we recommend our five-day course Learn to program in Python.

Technical content of the course

The subjects for day 1 and 2 of the course:

  • Introduction: Positioning, characteristics, applications, usage, scripting.
  • Elementary data types: Various data types of Python and their properties, expressions and operators, string operations, slices, mutable versus immutable.
  • Program structures: Indentation as block structure, code style (PEP8). Control structures if-elif-else, for-else and while-else. Statements break, continue and pass. Introduction to exception handling (EAFP).
  • Data types (details): Sequences in general. Specific string methods, two alternatives for string-formatting. Specific list methods and list comprehension. Functions sorted, reversed and enumerate.
  • Data types (details): Use of dictionaries, tuples and sets. Related methods for these data types.
  • Files and data encoding: Binary versus text files. Various open modes. Use of stdin, sdtdout and stderr.
    Unicode and data encoding. Data types bytes and bytearray.
  • Functions: Design of functions, docstrings, passing arguments, return value. Functions as argument. Scope rules. Generator functions. Lambda expressions. Nested functions. Functions map and filter.
  • Modules: Reasons for building modules, the use of modules, creation of modules, test code for modules, docstrings.

The subjects for day 3 of the course:

  • Object orientation and classes: OO-terminology, classes in Python, class construction, inheritance, polymorfism, special class methods, operator overloading, inheritance of built-in types.
  • Exceptions: The EAFP motto (Easier to Ask for Forgiveness than Permission), exception classes, catch exceptions, own exception classes. Raise exceptions.
  • Brief overview of Python Standard Library: Fetching command line parameters, program exit. Time functions. Filename globbing. Filesystem tree walk. Using subprocesses. Network facilities. Serialization. Regular expressions (in detail).


Course attendees receive the following documentation:
  • A student pack with copies of the presentations, lab exercises and answers to the exercises.
  • The pocket guide Python Pocket Reference (covering both Python 2 and 3).


Shortly after the course the student will receive a certificate as a proof of participation.

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