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Intermediate Python

Nanodegree Program

Python is a general-purpose coding language with applications in web development, data science, machine learning, fintech, and more. The Intermediate Python Nanodegree program equips you to leverage the capabilities of Python and streamline the functionality of applications that perform complex tasks, such as classifying files, data mining a webpage, etc. By the end of the program, you’ll have a portfolio that demonstrates your ability to apply practitioner-level Python skills on the job.

Python is a general-purpose coding language with applications in web development, data science, machine learning, fintech, and more. The Intermediate Python Nanodegree program equips you to leverage the capabilities of Python and streamline the functionality of applications that perform complex tasks, such as classifying files, data mining a webpage, etc. By the end of the program, you’ll have a portfolio that demonstrates your ability to apply practitioner-level Python skills on the job.

Intermediate

2 months

Real-world Projects

Completion Certificate

Last Updated April 18, 2023

Skills you'll learn:
File i/o • Functional programming concepts • Python data structures • Python library fluency
Prerequisites:
Basic Python • Control flow

Courses In This Program

Course 1 45 minutes

Welcome to the Intermediate Python Nanodegree Program

Lesson 1

Intermediate Python Nanodegree Program Introduction

Lesson 2

Getting Help

You are starting a challenging but rewarding journey! Take 5 minutes to read how to get help with projects and content.

Course 2 4 weeks

Advanced Python Techniques

In this course, you will learn advanced Python skills and master a myriad of modern subject matter.

Lesson 1

Introduction to Advanced Python Techniques

Get an overview of the course, take a look at Python's quirky history, and learn why Python is a powerful way of thinking.

Lesson 2

Representing Data

Take a deep dive into data in Python, craft new ways to abstractly think about data, and practice concrete methods for manipulating Python's essential data types.

Lesson 3

Functions and Functional Programming

Explore functions and functional programming in Python, including function parameters and functions as manipulable objects.

Lesson 4

Object Oriented Programming

Discover Python's tools for object-oriented programming and explore Python's exception hierarchy.

Lesson 5

File I/O

Learn all about reading and writing data files using Python, including plain text, JSON, and CSV files.

Lesson 6 • Project

Project: Exploring Near-Earth Objects

Use Python to search for and explore close approaches of near-Earth objects (NEOs), using data from NASA/JPL's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies.

Course 3 4 weeks

Large Python Codebases with Libraries

Learn how you can write, structure, and extend your code to be able to support developing large systems at scale. Understand how you can leverage open source libraries to quickly add advanced functionality to your code and how you can package your code into libraries of your own. Apply Object Oriented Programming to ensure that your code remains modular, clear, and understandable. Honing these skills are the foundations for building codebases that are maintainable and efficient as they grow to tens of thousands of lines.

Lesson 1

Course Overview

In this lesson, we'll introduce your instructor, give a brief overview of the course, and look ahead to what you'll be building for your final project.

Lesson 2

Foundations

We'll explore the Python language and the core programming design patterns you'll need to write clear and concise code—including object-oriented programming, documentation, typing, and tests.

Lesson 3

Building Modules

Large codebases are built by combining many smaller building blocks of code known as modules. We'll build on our knowledge of object-oriented programming to create scalable Python modules.

Lesson 4

Using Libraries

The Python community has thousands of publically available, open-source libraries we can use as modules in our software. We'll learn how we can install and use these resources!

Lesson 5

Python in Systems

We'll learn how to effectively interface with our software through the command line as well as use other powerful command-line tools in our Python code

Lesson 6

Python for Web

Learn how to use Python to consume web content and serve complex applications!

Lesson 7 • Project

Project: Motivational Meme Generator

For this project, you'll build a "meme generator". This will demonstrate your newly learned skills by creating a dynamic, data-rich application that generates images with quotes.

(Optional) Course 4 5 hours

Shell Workshop

Lesson 1

Shell Workshop

The Unix shell is a powerful tool for developers of all sorts. In this lesson, you'll get a quick introduction to the very basics of using it on your own computer.

Taught By The Best

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Sam Redmond

Co-founder, Hedron Vision

Sam holds a BS in Math and MS in Computer Science from Stanford, where he created CS 41: The Python Programming Language and lectured for four years. Currently, he's cofounding Hedron Vision, developing headset-free holographic display technologies.

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Gabriel Ruttner

Instructor

Gabe is the CTO at Ursa & Tech Advisor for Start-Ups. Gabe has expertise in building cloud-based machine learning and natural language processing services at early stage tech companies. He holds technical degrees from Cornell University and Stony Brook University.

Ratings & Reviews

Average Rating: 4.4 Stars

93 Reviews

Suresh Kumar V.

March 17, 2023

Yes it has matched my expectations and I feel confident in writing Python programs now.

Nat√°lia M.

February 14, 2023

I am really happy about this program. I have learned a lot!

Abdul Karim S.

January 12, 2023

nice program. One need to invset time in it. I learned from it. Nice program

Lakshmi S.

January 10, 2023

Loving the content and the projects thus far!

Varun S.

January 5, 2023

Great!

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