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Learning To Program - Part 2: Abstractions

by Scott Allen

Learning To Program Part 2 focuses on building abstractions using the popular and friendly Python programming language.

What you'll learn

Learning To Program 2 will introduce you to the fun and friendly Python programming language. In this course we'll focus on using and creating abstractions by trying different Python data structures, like the list, set, dictionary, and tuple. We'll also spend time looking at the fundamental concepts of object oriented programming, and how to apply those concepts when building a program.

Course FAQ

What is Python?

Python is an interpreted, high-level and general-purpose programming language. Python's design philosophy emphasizes code readability with its notable use of significant whitespace.

Why should I learn Python?

Python is one of the most loved programming languages by developers, data scientists, software engineers, and even hackers because of its versatility, flexibility, and object-oriented features. Although it's a high-level language and can do complex tasks, Python is easy to learn and has a clean syntax.

What does abstraction mean in programming?

Abstraction focuses on hiding the internal implementations of a process or method from the user. In this way, the user knows what he is doing but not how the work is being done.

What is object-oriented programming?

Object-oriented programming is a programming paradigm based on the concept of "objects", which can contain data and code: data in the form of fields, and code, in the form of procedures. A feature of objects is that an object's own procedures can access and often modify the data fields of itself.

What can Python be used on?

Python can be used on multiple programming paradigms, web testing, data extraction, artificial Intelligence (AI) and data science researches. Python can also be used on web applications and internet development, database easy access, interface customization, quick system integration, cybersecurity, and many other programs.

About the author

Scott has worked on everything from 8-bit embedded devices to large scale web sites during his 15+ years in commercial software development. Since 2001, Scott has focused on server-side and web technologies, like ASP.NET, ASP.NET AJAX, Windows Workflow, Silverlight, and LINQ. Scott is also a speaker at national conferences like VSLive!, as well as code camps and user groups near his hometown of Hagerstown, MD. Scott has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP since 2005, and has written or co-... more

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