Python Programming for Scientists

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4 days practical workshop for up to 12 people.

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A 4 day introduction to Python Programming for scientists that covers basic language constructs, file I/O, OO programming, command line processing, managing processes and numeric python. The focus is on using best practices and techniques to develop professional quality programs and scripts.


This course comprises a mix of theory, demonstrations and hands on exercises. Approximately 50% of the time is hands-on.

Training Course Objectives

  • Understand Python syntax, flow control, data structures and objects
  • Read and write files
  • Develop scripts for use in a Linux or Windows environment
  • Understand best practices for error handling, recovery and logging
  • Work with operating system processes
  • Techniques for handling CSV and fixed field files
  • Design and develop user defined classes for handling structured data
  • Manipulate numeric data using NumPy and matplotlib

Who it is for

Scientists who wish to learn Python

Training Course Prerequisites

  • This course is designed for scientists who know at least one programming or scripting language: no prior knowledge of Python or OO programming is assumed.


Chapter 1 Python Introduction

  • Variables and Objects
  • Console I/O
  • IF statements

Chapter 2 Python Objects

  • Object notation
  • String and numeric data
  • WHILE loop

Chapter 3 Functions

  • Functions
  • Arguments and return values
  • Importing modules

Chapter 4 Sequences

  • List
  • FOR loop
  • List comprehension

Chapter 5 Exceptions

  • Handling exceptions with TRY-EXCEPT statements
  • Raising exceptions
  • Exception safe code and the WITH statement

Chapter 6 File Handling

  • Reading and writing files
  • Working with the file system

Chapter 7 Data Collections

  • Sets
  • Dictionaries

Chapter 8 Working with modules

  • Organising modules
  • Building Libraries

Chapter 9 Command line processing

  • Command line processing
  • Command line options
  • Exit codes and exit functions

Chapter 10 Managing processes

  • Using subprocess to run commands
  • Reading sub command?s STDOUT and STDERR
  • Writing to a sub command?s STDIN

Chapter 11 Advanced Functions

  • Variable arguments lists and named argument lists
  • Function pointers
  • Lambdas

Chapter 12 Classes and Data Structures

  • Classes and objects
  • Constructors
  • Object methods and special methods

Chapter 13 Numeric Python

  • Using the numpy module
  • Building N dimensional arrays
  • Array operations and aggregate methods

Chapter 14 Plotting

  • Using the matplotlib module
  • Generating line charts and bar charts
  • Labelling axes and plots and adding annotations

Chapter 15 Designing Classes

  • Supporting subscripts and slices
  • Building an iterator class
  • Working with the resource manager

Chapter 16 File processing

  • Working with CSV files
  • Working with fixed field files