Python Programming II: Advanced Topics in Python
X461.5 Computer Science (2)
Python is an Internet and systems programming language that is
rapidly gaining worldwide popularity in today's fast-paced software
development environment. Although initially known for building Web
and common gateway interface (CGI) applications, Python is also
known for the rapid prototyping of networking, database, XML, and
graphic user interface (GUI) applications.
This second course introduces developers to a variety of and more
advanced topics in Python. It will be more unstructured, informal,
and spontaneous than
Programming. Every week, we will discuss and interact while
covering a different topic from the list below:
Topics in Advanced Python OOP
New Features in Python 2.x
Using Regular Expressions in Python
Network Programming with Sockets
GUI Programming with Tkinter
Web and CGI Programming
Extending Python with C
NOTE: time-permitting, we may cover one or two more
topics from those listed below:
Internet (Client) Programming
Win32 and COM Programming
Java and Jython
Creating Web Servers using Python
Using Python with Web Servers
SQL and Database Programming
XML Processing in Python
Other GUI Systems for Python
Students completing this class should be able to take their
existing knowledge of Python and be able to branch it out
into a variety of areas of programming. These include being
able to use regular expressions to perform complex pattern
matching, developing graphical user interfaces and associated
callbacks, be able to create or communicate with Win32
applications, being able to write an extension in C, and
do a little bit of Internet and Web programming. Using this
knowledge, students will hone their ability to build a variety
of more serious tools and applications.
PREREQUISITE: Completion of the "Python Programming I" course (or its
equivalent); a background in Unix/C development or object-oriented
programming may be helpful but not required.
Python Programming, Wesley J. Chun, Prentice Hall, © 2001.
Additional reading such as the Python Library
Reference are available from the Python website below.
REQUIRED SOFTWARE: A Python interpreter is required for this course. Students can obtain this software from the Python language website below or via an alternative software distribution such as the CD-ROM in the textbook or from the Jython website. Any Python platform can be used to complete assignments.