Introduction to Python/R

This course covers the prerequisites for working on rich, powerful Python projects. Installing Python on your computer: simple Python vs a distribution such as Anaconda – Basic Python commands you can’t do without – Installing 3rd-party libraries with pip or condo


Anyone with an interest in Python development

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Install and manage a Python development environment
  • Write basic routines in Python using common programming structures
  • Deploy third-party libraries for more complex tasks

Course Content

  • Context
    • What is Python?
    • Is it already installed? If so, where?
    • Why Python and not some other language?
  • Installing python and running >1 instance on the same computer.
  • Python in the shell – direct I/o and running code in a file.
  • Listing available modules and updating via pip.
  • A richer environment: iPython and Anaconda.
  • Writing simple code in a notebook, using Jupyter’s code hint functionality and other productivity hacks.
  • Updating repositories with conda and creating runtime environments.


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