Don't Hiss Out On Python Bootcamp, November 13-17, 2006

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The five-day class is content-rich with a nearly exhaustive approach to Python coding. While students are not required to be familiar with Python at the outset, some previous experience in a scripting language helps with the learning curve. The class is broken down into a number of digestible units, with key emphasis placed on major topics.

Big Nerd Ranch, Inc. announced today the newest addition to the fall lineup of training courses for developers and system administrators, Python Bootcamp, scheduled for November 13-17, 2006. The class, which provides the most comprehensive instruction in one of the fundamental languages in the programming arena, marks the return of instructor Mark Lutz. As one of the premier figures in the Python community, Mark has built an impressive resume as the author of a number of textbooks in Python including Learning Python and the O'Reilly books Programming Python and Python Pocket Reference. Additionally, Mark has been teaching Python classes since 1997 and has established star status in the Python community as a trainer, writer, and software developer. His keen insight and extensive field background converge to make him an ideal instructor in one of the most sought-after languages in web, GUI and command-line application development.

The five-day class is content-rich with a nearly exhaustive approach to Python coding. While students are not required to be familiar with Python at the outset, some previous experience in a scripting language helps with the learning curve.

The class is broken down into a number of digestible units, with key emphasis placed on major topics such as:

-Using the Interpreter

-Types, Operators and Basic Statements: numbers, strings, syntax, expressions, printing loops and more

-Functions

-Modules

-Classes

-Exceptions

-System Interfaces and GUI Programming

-Extending and Embedding Python in C/C++

"It's easy to lose sight of fundamentals when discussing the latest cutting-edge innovation in coding and development. While new languages emerge onto the scene with a lot of hype and people flocking to get in on the latest hip trend, the serious programmer must also have a firm grasp of the core languages that pervade key industries," commented Aaron Hillegass, Big Nerd Ranch founder. "It is great to see the popularity of a powerful language like Python growing at such an astonishing rate. It forms an integral part of industry standard-bearers like Google, Hewlett Packard, Pixar, and NOAA, to name a few. Students who attend Python Bootcamp will emerge poised to be a major player in nearly any major market."

Read more about Python Bootcamp (including the complete syllabus) or our instructor Mark Lutz.

The Big Nerd Ranch incorporates intensive training classes for Unix and Mac OS X programmers in a retreat setting outside Atlanta, GA. Class price of $3500 includes lodging, all meals, original instruction materials, 24-hour lab access, and transportation to and from the Atlanta airport. Students are encouraged to bring independent projects to class, allowing for input from classmates and individual instructor attention. For more information, call 678-595-6773 or visit http://www.bignerdranch.com.

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