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 learn the Python programming language from scratch

This is a detailed tutorial designed for coders who need to learn the Python programming language from scratch. In this course, I’ll try to highlight many of Python’s capabilities and features. Python is an easy-to-learn programming language.

Your First Program

>>> print “Hello World”
Hello World



print “Hello World”



Expressions are the same as with other languages, as in the following:

1 + 3
1 + (3*4)
1 ** 2
’Hello’ + ’World’



Variables are not tied to a memory location like in C. They are dynamically typed.

a = 4 << 3
b = a * 4.5



# find maximum (z) of a and b
if a < b:
z = b
z = a


elif statement

PS: There is no “switch” statement.

if a == ’+’:
op = PLUS
elif a == ’-’:
op = MINUS
elif a == ’*’:


The while statement

while a < b:
# Do something
a = a * 2


The for statement

for i in [3, 4, 10, 25]:
print i

Tuples are like lists, but the size is fixed at the time of creation.

f = (2,3,4,5) # A tuple of integers



# Return a+b
def Sum(a,b):
s = a+b
return s

# Now use it
a = Sum(2,5) # a = 7



f = open(“foo”,”w”) # Open a file for writing
g = open(“bar”,”r”) # Open a file for reading
“r” Open for reading
“w” Open for writing (truncating to zero length)
“a” Open for append
“r+” Open for read/write (updates)
“w+” Open for read/write (with truncation to zero length)


Examples of string processing functions

string.atof(s) # Convert to float
string.atoi(s) # Convert to integer
string.atol(s) # Convert to long
string.count(s,pattern) # Count occurrences of pattern in s.

Operating System Services

First, when we talk about operating system, we mean the management of computer hardware and software resources and providing common services for computer programs.

Python has the power to easily manipulate the system calls, Operating environment, Processes, Timers, Signal handling, Error reporting etc…


Let’s start with the Environment Variables:

user = os.environ[’USER’]

os.environ[’PATH’] = “/bin:/usr/bin”


Working directory

os.chdir(path) # Change current working directory
os.getcwd() # Get it


Users and groups

os.getegid() # Get effective group id
os.geteuid() # Get effective user id
os.getgid() # Get group id
os.getuid() # Get user id
os.setgid(gid) # Set group id
os.setuid(uid) # Set user id



os.fork() # Create a child process
os.execv(path,args) # Execute a process os.execve(path, args, env)
os.execvp(path, args) # Execute process, use default path os.execvpe(path,args, env)
os.wait([pid)] # Wait for child process
os.waitpid(pid,options) # Wait for change in state of child
os.system(command) # Execute a system command
os._exit(n) # Exit immediately with status n

Regular Expressions in PYTHON


Regular expressions are patterns used to match character combinations. Take a look at given below table:

Regular Expressions


foo.* # Matches any string starting with foo
d* # Match any number decimal digits
[a-zA-Z]+ # Match a sequence of one or more letters
text Match literal text
. Match any character except newline
^ Match the start of a string
$ Match the end of a string
* Match 0 or more repetitions
+ Match 1 or more repetitions
? Match 0 or 1 repetitions *? Match 0 or more, few as possible
+? Match 1 or more, few as possible
{m,n} Match m to n repetitions
{m,n}? Match m to n repetitions, few as possible
[…] Match a set of characters
[^…] Match characters not in set
A | B Match A or B (…) Match regex in parenthesis as a group
number Matches text matched by previous group
A Matches start of string
b Matches empty string at beginning or end of word
B Matches empty string not at begin or end of word
d Matches any decimal digit
D Matches any non-digit
s Matches any whitespace
S Matches any non-whitespace
w Matches any alphanumeric character
W Matches characters not in
w Z Match at end of string.
\ Literal backslash



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