TTPS4820: Mastering Python Essentials / Practical Python Boot Camp


Duration: 5 days

A core component of our Python Journey series, Mastering Python, is a highly rated training course that has helped thousands of students get up and running with solid, practical Python skills, enabling them to leverage Python on the job. You’ll be able to use Python to automate or simplify day to day common tasks with the use of Python scripts, or learn how to use Python for web development. You’ll have a solid foundation to build additional skills around using Python for analytics, data science or machine learning, or advanced web development.

This introductory-level course leads you from the basics of writing and running Python scripts, to more advanced core features such as file operations, regular expressions, working with binary data, as well as using the extensive functionality of Python modules. Extra emphasis is placed on features unique to Python, such as tuples, array slices, and output formatting. This comprehensive, practical course provides you with an in-depth exploration of working with the programming language, not just an academic overview of syntax and grammar. You’ll exit this course immediately able to use Python scripting to complete tasks in the real world.

Audience Profile

This introductory-level Python course is geared for experienced users who want to use Python in web development projects, or  system administrators and web site administrators who want to use Python to support their server installations, as well as anyone else who wants to automate or simplify common tasks with the use of Python scripts.

At Course Completion

This course combines expert lecture, real-world demonstrations and group discussions with machine-based practical labs and exercises.  Our engaging instructors and mentors are highly experienced practitioners who bring years of current “on-the-job” experience into every classroom.  Throughout the hands-on course, you’ll learn to write essential Python scripts using the most current and efficient skills, best practices and techniques.

Working in a hands-on learning environment, guided by our expert team, you’ll learn to:

  • Create working Python scripts following best practices
  • Use python data types appropriately
  • Read and write files with both text and binary data
  • Search and replace text with regular expressions
  • Get familiar with the standard library and its work-saving modules
  • Use lesser known but powerful Python data types
  • Create “real-world”, professional Python applications
  • Work with dates, times, and calendars
  • Know when to use collections such as lists, dictionaries, and sets
  • Understand Pythonic features such as comprehensions and iterators
  • Write robust code using exception handling.

What’s included?

  • Authorized Courseware
  • Intensive Hands on Skills Development with an Experienced Subject Matter Expert
  • Hands-on practice on real Servers and extended lab support 1.800.482.3172
  • Examination Vouchers & Onsite Certification Testing- (excluding Adobe and PMP Boot Camps)
  • Academy Code of Honor: Test Pass Guarantee
  • Optional: Package for Hotel Accommodations, Lunch and Transportation

With several convenient training delivery methods offered, The Academy makes getting the training you need easy. Whether you prefer to learn in a classroom or an online live learning virtual environment, training videos hosted online, and private group classes hosted at your site. We offer expert instruction to individuals, government agencies, non-profits, and corporations. Our live classes, on-sites, and online training videos all feature certified instructors who teach a detailed curriculum and share their expertise and insights with trainees. No matter how you prefer to receive the training, you can count on The Academy for an engaging and effective learning experience.


  • Instructor Led (the best training format we offer)
  • Live Online Classroom – Online Instructor Led
  • Self-Paced Video

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I. Quick Python Overview

    • What is Python?
    • Advantages/disadvantages
    • Python timeline
    • Installing Python
    • Getting help

II. The Python Environment

    • Starting Python
    • Using the interpreter
    • Running a Python script
    • Editors and IDEs

III. Getting Started

    • Using variables
    • Builtin functions
    • String data
    • Numeric data
    • Converting types
    • Console input/output
    • Command line arguments

IV. Flow Control

    • About flow control
    • The if statement
    • Relational and Boolean values
    • while loops
    • Exiting from loops

V. Array Types

    • Sequence types in general
    • Lists and list methods
    • Tuples
    • Indexing and slicing
    • Iterating through a sequence
    • Sequence functions, keywords, and operators
    • List comprehensions and generators

VI. Working with files

    • File I/O overview
    • Opening a text file
    • Reading a text file
    • Writing to a text file

VII. Dictionaries and Sets

    • About dictionaries
    • Creating dictionaries
    • Getting values
    • Iterating through a dictionary
    • About sets
    • Creating sets
    • Working with sets

VIII. Functions

    • Defining functions
    • Returning values
    • Parameters and arguments
    • Variable scope

IX. Sorting

    • The sorted() function
    • Custom sort keys
    • Lambda functions
    • Sorting in reverse
    • Using min() and max()

X. Errors and Exception Handling

    • Exceptions
    • Using try/catch/else/finally
    • Handling multiple exceptions
    • Ignoring exceptions

XI. Modules and Packages

    • Creating Modules
    • The import statement
    • Module search path
    • Using packages
    • Function and Module aliases

XII. Object Oriented Programming & Classes

    • About object-oriented programming
    • Defining classes
    • Constructors
    • Understanding self
    • Properties
    • Instance Methods and data
    • Class methods and data
    • Inheritance

XIII. Regular Expressions

    • RE syntax overview
    • RE objects
    • Searching and matching
    • Compilation flags
    • Groups and special groups
    • Search-and-replace
    • Splitting strings

XIV. The standard library

    • The sys module
    • Math functions
    • Random numbers
    • Reading CSV data
    • Zip files
    • Reading pages and files from URLs
    • Sending email

XV. Dates and times

    • Date and time representations
    • Parsing dates from text
    • Formatting as text
    • Converting representations
    • Calendar data
    • Time zones

XVI. Working with the file system

    • Paths, directories, and filenames
    • Checking for existence
    • Permissions and other file attributes
    • Walking directory trees
    • Using shutil for file operations

XVII. Advanced data handling

    • Defaultdict and Counter
    • Pretty-printing data structures
    • Compressed archives (zip, gzip, tar, etc.)
    • Persistent data

XVIII. Network programming

    • Using requests
    • Grabbing web content
    • Sending email
    • Using SSH for remote access
    • Using FTP

XIX. Writing real-life applications

    • Reading input files a la Unix
    • Parsing command-line options
    • Detecting the current platform
    • Implementing logging


Basic familiarity with any programming or scripting language would be helpful, along with a working, user-level knowledge of Unix/Linux, Mac, or Windows.