In this course, Core Python: Byte-oriented Programming,
you’ll learn to work with binary data in Python using its
byte-oriented facilities. First, you’ll explore bit- and byte-
oriented operations on integers. Next, you’ll discover the
core byte-sequence types. Finally, you’ll learn how to work
with binary data structures and use various Python tools to
do so efficiently. When you’re finished with this course,
you’ll have the skills and knowledge of byte-oriented
programming in Python needed to work with binary
structures, interact with low-level memory blocks, and
manipulate byte-oriented data.
Austin is a founding director of Sixty North, a software consulting,
training, and application development company. He's a native of Texas
but currently lives in Norway where he writes software, runs a local
software interest group, and presents and teaches whenever he can.
Robert Smallshire is a founding director of Sixty North, a software product and consulting business in based in Norway. He has held several senior software architecture and technical management roles, and he is a regular conference speaker. Python is his weapon of choice.
Course Overview Hi, everyone. I'm Rob Smallshire, and I'm here to welcome you to Core Python: Byte Oriented Programming. My coauthor, Austin Bingham, and I are both founders and principal consultants at Sixty North. In this course, we're going low‑level and looking at byte‑oriented programming in Python. At the bottom, everything is bits and bytes, and sometimes it's necessary to work at this level, particularly when dealing with binary or non‑text data from other sources or interacting with hardware. Specifically, we're going to review the bitwise operators and common uses for them, look at the binary representation of integers, check out the bytes and bytearray types, see how to pack and unpack binary data with the struct module, look at the memoryview object, and efficiently access huge data volumes with memory mapped files. By the end of this course, you'll be able to confidently manipulate information at the lowest levels possible from Python. Before beginning this course, students should be familiar with the essentials of the Python language, including functions, classes, and modules. This course assumes knowledge of these topics equivalent to what's presented in Core Python: Getting Started; Core Python: Numeric Types, Dates, and Times; and Core Python: Robust Resource and Error Handling. We hope you'll join us on this journey to learn more about Python with the Core Python: Byte Oriented Programming course, at Pluralsight.