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E:Python Essential Reference, 4th Edition
C:Python Cookbook, 3rd Edition
P:Chicago-area Python Classes
T:Talks & Tutorials


Through my company Dabeaz, LLC, I offer the following programming courses on an ongoing basis in Chicago. They can also be taught on-site or as virtual courses worldwide.

  • Practical Python Programming. A class on the Python programming language and standard library with a focus on applying Python to problems in scripting, data analysis, and systems programming. This course assumes no prior experience with Python, but assumes that participants already know how to program in another programming language. It is especially well-suited for developers who are coming into Python from another programming language.
  • Advanced Python Mastery. An intense class that covers the more advanced aspects of the Python programming language. This course is primarily designed for programmers making the jump from simple scripts to working with large applications, frameworks, or libraries. Course material is strongly focused on different aspects of program design, performance, and control of the Python environment. Attendees will walk away for a significantly greater awareness of what's possible in Python.
  • Python Programming Language [VIDEO]. Can't attend an in-person class? This is an intense 6+ hour video series that takes you on a tour of the Python programming language with a series of practical coding examples. Aimed at programmers with some experience, the video covers a mix of topics from both my Practical Python and Advanced Python Mastery courses. It consists entirely of live-coded examples of Python in action. You won't be bored.

About The Courses

These courses have been developed by David Beazley, a 21-year Python programming and education veteran. Dave is the author of "Python Essential Reference, 4th Ed." (Addison-Wesley) and the "Python Cookbook, 3rd Ed." (O'Reilly Media). Dave has a Ph.D. in computer science and previously spent seven years teaching operating systems, networks, and compilers as a tenure-track professor at the University of Chicago. Here's what to expect if you take a course:

  • Real-world focus. The primary focus is on practical applications and common programming problems faced by actual Python programmers. As such, you're not going to find toy problems from computer science classes and job interviews (e.g., computing Fibonacci numbers, 8-queens puzzles, fizzbuzz, etc.). Instead, you'll learn how to crunch data, interact with the operating system, organize programs, integrate Python with other software, write tests, and more.
  • Attention to detail. Thousands of man-hours have gone into developing the presentation materials and exercises. Course notes include hundreds of pages of fully indexed reference material, figures, and code examples. Exercises provide the essential building blocks for writing larger Python programs after you're done with the class.
  • Hands-on. In these classes, more than half of the time is spent writing programs. You're going to get your hands dirty writing useful programs.
  • Minimal jargon and buzzwords. Concepts are clearly explained using plain language and examples that are designed to be understood by people who have had some prior programming experience. It is not necessary to be a professional computer scientist, software engineer, or an expert in some specific kind of software development methodology (i.e., object-oriented programming).

  • No advocacy or marketing. Classes are solely focused on using Python effectively. They do not advocate any particular method of programming, software development, or usage of tools. There is more than one way to do it as well as tradeoffs. I am an independent voice in the Python community and not affiliated with any company that intends to sell tools, services, or support.
  • No regurgitation. I am the author of the book and don't need to read from it to teach a course. My classes are wholly original works that are strongly focused on core concepts and building an understanding of why you use various Python features and why Python works in the way that it does.
  • A brisk pace. Your time is valuable. These courses present information in a way that is highly organized and which prefers hands-on programming. Classes are organized around short lecture segments (10-20 minutes) followed by coding exercises (20-30 minutes).

Sample Talks

Here are a few recent conference presentations.

Want to see more? Check out my talks and presentations page.

Schedule a Course

To schedule a course at your place of business, contact Dave directly by sending an email to "dave" at "dabeaz.com". Classes are typically scheduled 8-32 weeks in advance.

Are you looking for Python training for just yourself or a friend? Check out Dave's Chicago courses which are open to anyone and which offer a completely unique training experience.