Track Room Location: Heritage Hall, room 133
Any computing or networking task that is designed to be done repeatedly is a good candidate for automation. One of the best ways for automating processes is by using a scripting language. Writing scripts to perform tasks can increase performance and accuracy. Students graduating with scripting skills can bring value to the companies they work for by automating processes that had previously been done manually. As computing environments become more complex and IT professionals are asked to do more with less, the ability to automate tasks will become increasingly important.
This hands-on training course introduces students to the Python scripting language. Python is an easy to learn programming language. This makes it especially well-suited for people who are new to scripting. This course will cover basic programming concepts such as variables and variable types, loops, decisions, functions, and lists. It will look at how these basic programming constructs are implemented in Python. It will do this by using examples taken from system administration, security and games. Python will also be compared to other common scripting languages, including PERL, BASH, and PowerShell. Students will learn how the concepts learned in this class can also be applied to other scripting languages. The course will also discuss different options available for Python editors. Python 2.7 will be used for this class.
Knowledge of another scripting language is helpful, but not required.
Paul Gordon - Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Paul Gordon has been teaching IT classes for 11 years. He teaches, a variety of subjects including Windows and Linux operating systems, CCNA, Information Security, Windows Server, Windows and VMware virtualization, Storage and database administration. He has or has had the following certifications: VCP 4, VCP 5, CCNA, CCNA Security, Linux+, Security+, Net+ and A+. Prior to being an instructor, he worked as a system administrator where he learned to use scripting to automate system tasks.
1 Learn how scripting can be used to automate processes
2 Learn basic programming constructs
3 Gain experience writing and testing Python scripts for IT-related tasks
Topics: Variables, variable types, lists, decisions, loops and user input
Projects: Stopwatch, User management scripts
Topics: List operations, string operations, variable type conversion, conditional operators
Projects: Guess the number, User creation script
Topics: Regular expressions, split, join
Projects: Ping scanner, port scanner
Topics: Opening, reading and editing files
Projects: Log parsing project, User create script revisited
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