Python – Beyond the Basics builds directly on the foundations laid in our introductory Python course, Python Fundamentals. Python is a great dynamic language for web development, big data, science, and scripting. In this course we add breadth and depth to your Python skills, exploring the topics you'll need to create robust and readable applications of any size. On completing this course, you'll be familiar with the majority of Python techniques and constructs used in Python programs. Crucially, we'll also advise you on when – and when not – to use the different tools available in Python to best effect, to maximize the quality of your code, your productivity, and the joy inherent in coding in Python.
What advanced Python topics will be covered?
We will dive into packages, extended call syntax, Lambdas, closures and decorators, properties and class methods, numeric and scalar types, inheritance and subtype polymorphism, introspection, and much more.
What is the main takeaway from this course?
You should walk away from this intermediate Python course being familiar with the majority of Python techniques and concepts used in Python programs. You should have the tools necessary to write the best quality Python code.
How long is this course?
Total duration of the course is almost 7.5 hours, but it should take a bit longer than that if you are following with a more hands on approach, writing and executing code as you follow along, experimenting, testing, troubleshooting, and so forth. You should take all the time you need in order to grasp the concepts being presented.
Are there prerequisites to this course?
Yes. This course should be taken after you already have an understanding of Python basics, as it builds upon the fundamentals, and assumes you already have some experience with Python. If you still need to learn the basics, or just need a refresher, check out our Python Fundamentals course.
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.
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.