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From the Frontiers of Research to the Heart of the Enterprise
O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
July 22-26, 2002 -- San Diego, CA



Introduction To Python
Mark Lutz

Track: Python
Date: Monday, July 22
Time: 8:45am - 12:15pm
Location: Marina V

This tutorial will provide a fast but gentle introduction to the Python language, and sample its most common application domains. It is composed of three parts:

  1. A general overview of Python's history, uses, and goals.
  2. An introduction to the core language.
  3. A brief peek at selected application level examples.

Of these, the second represents the bulk of this session. The primary goal will be to present the basics of the Python language: datatypes, syntax, OOP fundamentals, and so on--just enough to prepare you for the more advanced Python sessions on the roster.

Advanced topics such as C integration, GUIs, web scripting, and Python internals, will be discussed only in cursory fashion, and only as time allows.

If you are an experienced programmer (Perl, Java, or similar language) looking for a fast-paced introduction to intermediate and advanced Python development, see the parallel tutorial, Python for [Perl] Programmers.

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