Python Toolchain/Syntax

This course covers Python’s primitive data types (numbers, strings) and participants take further steps in writing code using loops and logical operators.


Tech Analysts, S&T Analysts (optionally)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants should be able to write simple Python code covering the following areas:

  • Python’s primitive data types
  • Strings, and how to work with them
  • Numbers – ints and floats
  • Booleans

Course Content

  • Orientation: strings, ints and floats – the building blocks.
  • Casting from strings <-> numbers.
  • Working with strings – slicing, concatenating, searching.
    • Exercise 1: parse a bid/ask spread from a trader’s IM app into separate bid and ask prices. Logic flow: if/else/else if.
    • Exercise 2: extend workshop 1 to cover big figure changes, pipettes, currency pairs like USD/JPY that do not take an x.xxxx decimal format.
  • Lists, arrays, dictionaries, tuples
    • Syntax: brackets and the colon operator
    • Traversing 1- and 2D lists with loops
    • Exercise 3: implement a matching search which returns the searched value in a list if it is found flow: if/else/else if.
    • Exercise 4: extend exercise 1 to cover big figure changes, pipettes, currency pairs like USD/JPY that do not take an x.xxxx decimal format.


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