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Overview (Variables and Containers) [ID:742] (Free) (1/14)

in series: Python Beginners - Common Variables and Containers

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This free overview will give you a taster for what's covered in this long series. In total there are 14 episodes covering all of the fundamental data-types and containers found in Python. These are the main objects that you'll be using and reading about, I show them along with typical usages. I also show a few 'gotchas' which might otherwise catch you out.

This series covers:

  • Variables are Objects
  • Variable Scope
  • int and float
  • decimal
  • str(ings)
  • unicode
  • bool(eans)
  • list
  • set
  • dict
  • tuple
  • None
  • printing (to the shell, not the printer!)

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28. anonymous Wed, 09 Dec 2009 14:49

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26. anonymous Mon, 23 Nov 2009 17:16

I thought the intro was fine. I'm a little concerned that this series might be a little bit out of date since it was done in early 2008 or before but since I'm a beginner it probably won't matter too much.

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23. anonymous Sat, 03 Oct 2009 04:48

I`m totally new to python and find video tutorials much more convenient than text tutorials. Thanks for doing this!

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Useful, but a table or diagram showoing the subjects to be covered in later videos

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15. anonymous Thu, 02 Jul 2009 05:27

Excellent introduction. Many thanks for producing it.

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I like it. It's interesting.

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6. anonymous Thu, 16 Apr 2009 03:08

good intro to docs

I'll mail you privately and try to figure this out. You should be able to watch the videos in your browser, or 'download the video flvs' will let you download the .FLV videos which you can play locally.


i want to learn from you videos but when ever i click on

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