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Python Programming - Working with Lists and Files

Learn to work with lists and files using Python programming with this back end programming languages course.

Back End Languages
Free Course
Python is a useful general-purpose programming language that is great for backend web development, data analysis, artificial intelligence, and scientific computing. This Python Programming - Working with Lists and Files online course will teach you about modifying lists, creating files, and saving data to those files, and guide you through how professional web developers use Python to build productivity tools, games, and desktop apps.





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This course will teach you how to create lists in your programming, the process of updating your list, and how to search through it. You will learn to use 'remove()' when you know the value you want to be removed and 'del' when you know the index number of the item you want removed. The course will teach you how to create a file with your code, write information in a file, and specify the file name including the file extension and the access mode.

Next, how to read from a file. The course will discuss the library where you can get help in reading CSV files and which also provides many functions that you would otherwise have to create yourself. You will study the functions of 'with' statement, indentation, and Visual Studio. You will learn to define a code block by inserting 'sub' or 'function' followed by 'end sub' or 'end function'. The course will also teach you why it is important to place your message within double quotation marks in your code.

Python is a beginner-friendly language that is easy to understand. It has plenty of resources to help you build just about anything with the right tools/libraries. This Python Programming - Working with Lists and Files is part of a series of courses on Python programming, which includes 'Programming Concepts with Python', 'Working with Numbers, Dates and Time' and 'Working with Complex Decisions and Events'. Make sure to take this course along with the others in the series, and acquire the web programming skills you desire.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to: - Explain how to create lists in your programming. - Describe the process of updating and modifying your list. - Explain how to search through a list. - Describe the process of creating a file with your code. - Describe how to write information to a file. - Explain the process of reading from a file. - Recognize a csv file and reading data from a csv file.


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