Automate the Boring Stuff with Python Programming

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9.5 hours course
Course by Udemy
What will you learn?
Automate tasks on their computer by writing simple Python programs.
Write programs that can do text pattern recognition with "regular expressions".
Programmatically generate and update Excel spreadsheets.
Parse PDFs and Word documents.
Crawl web sites and pull information from online sources.
Write programs that send out email notifications.
Use Python's debugging tools to quickly figure out bugs in your code.
Programmatically control the mouse and keyboard to click and type for you.
About the course

If you're an office worker, student, administrator, or just want to become more productive with your computer, programming will allow you write code that can automate tedious tasks. This course follows the popular (and free!) book, Automate the Boring Stuff with Python.

Automate the Boring Stuff with Python was written for people who want to get up to speed writing small programs that do practical tasks as soon as possible. You don't need to know sorting algorithms or object-oriented programming, so this course skips all the computer science and concentrates on writing code that gets stuff done.

This course is for complete beginners and covers the popular Python programming language. You'll learn basic concepts as well as:

  • Web scraping
  • Parsing PDFs and Excel spreadsheets
  • Automating the keyboard and mouse
  • Sending emails and texts
  • And several other practical topics

By the end of this course, you'll be able to write code that not only dramatically increases your productivity, but also be able to list this fun and creative skill on your resume.

Python Basics
Learn the basic programming terminology and how to use IDLE's interactive shell and file editor.
Get Python Installed

This lecture explains what programming is good for, even if you don't intend to become a software engineer. At the end of this lecture, you'll be able to download and install Python and be ready to learn to code.

Just a check in.
This quiz is here just to ensure you know about the website where you can find the Automate the Boring Stuff with Python book for free: You don't need to purchase the book, and you can read it online if you want more information on the topics in this course.
Basic Terminology and Using IDLE
The student will learn how to put values and operators together to form expressions, the most basic instruction type in Python.
Writing Our First Program
Now that you've done some basic instructions in the interactive shell, let's use the file editor to write a complete program.
Flow Control
Use the Python flow control statements to control the order that Python instructions are executed, including if/else, while loops, and for loops.
Flow Charts and Basic Flow Control Concepts
You've made Python execute instructions, now learn how to make Python choose which instructions to execute.
If, Else, and Elif Statements

The if/else statements are the basic instruction for letting your Python programs make decisions.

While Loops

Loops allow your program to execute the same code over and over again.

For Loops

The while loop will execute the same code over and over as long as some condition is true, but for loops allow you to execute a set number of iterations of a loop.

Become familiar with Python's basic built-in functions, along with how to create your own functions.
Python's Built-In Functions

You don't have to write every bit of code yourself. Python comes with several functions that your program can call to leverage the code that others have written.

  • No programming experience is required.
  • Downloading and installing Python is covered at the start of the course.
  • Basic computer skills: surfing websites, running programs, saving and opening documents, etc.
Al Sweigart
Al Sweigart
Software developer, tech book author
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