[UKUUG-Announce] UKUUG & O'Reilly - Intermediate Python tutorial by John Pinner

Jane Morrison office at ukuug.org
Mon Aug 20 11:25:58 BST 2012

FLOSS UK & O'Reilly presents:

'Intermediate Python' - full day tutorial by John Pinner

Wednesday 7th November 2012

Venue: Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London WC1B 5BB

Description: So, you've been programming in C/C++/Java/Perl/FORTRAN/Ruby** for 
years, and are regarded as a bit of an expert. Now you've 'picked up' Python 
and got a few programs going, it all seemed easy enough although you were 
shocked/horrified/mystified** at the differences between Python and your 
favourite language.

On top of this, you showed your latest Python program to a long-time friend 
who is an experienced Python user, and she turned her nose up at your code (of 
which you had been rather proud) and said 'It's not very Pythonic, is it?' - 
So this one day tutorial is for you, things we will cover include:
Recapitulation Python Functions

• Name spaces • Variable numbers of arguments
• mutability vs immutability • Python functions are first-class objects
• compile-time vs run-time behaviour • A simple despatch table
Contracts (lack of) and Conventions Code Maintainability
• Lack of interface/discipline cf [insert language here] • Documentation
• Informal contracts and conventions • Avoiding mistakes; code checkers 
• 'Duck' typing - pychecker
• Naming conventions - pylint

Unicode - If you think you don't need Unicode, you're probably in denial, face 
up to it now.

Python 2 vs Python 3 Multi-Platform applications
• What are the differences ? • Tips for writing multi-platform code
• Which should I be using? • Licensing
Functional Programming with Python WTF is Pythonic ?
• Python functional constructs • Style – The Zen of Python
• List comprehensions • PEP 8 – write code like Guido van Rossum
• Lexical closures • Working with Python, it's not C, C++ or 
Java, don't try and make it so.
**Delete as applicable

Tutor: (Traditionally bios are written in the third person, but John Pinner 
does not like this). 'I first started using computers in the sixties and have 
used a number of programming languages, among them machine and assembly 
languages, BASIC, Pascal, FORTRAN and C, together with a hefty dose of Bourne 
and Korn shells.

Sadly, I became fluent in assembly language and even(re) wrote an entire disk 
filing system in assembler.

Nowadays, just as it is no longer necessary to write filing systems and disk 
drivers, one does not have to battle with archaic programming languages.

Thanks to Linux Journal I 'discovered' Python in 2000 and have been using it 
ever since; together with an occasional regression to C, it covers all my 
programming needs. I find that it gets in the way least of all the languages I 
have used, and brings back the joy to programming. I am proud to be an elected 
member of the Python Software Foundation, and am something of a Python 
evangelist, through running training courses and promoting such events such as 
PyCon UK.

As well as Python, I have been an enthusiastic user of FLOSS, was an original 
contributor to the FSF, newly formed by RMS in 1985, and have served on 
UKUUG's Council.'

Visit the web site at: www.flossuk.org/python2012 for delegate costs and on-
line booking

Places are limited – early booking is essential – Early-bird rates available 
until 5th October 2012

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