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Automate the Boring Stuff with Python (udemy.com)

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What you'll learn

  • Automate tasks on their computer by writing simple Python programs.
  • Write programs that can do text pattern recognition with "regular expressions".
  • Programmatically generate and update Excel spreadsheets.
  • Parse PDFs and Word documents.
  • Crawl web sites and pull information from online sources.
  • Write programs that send out email notifications.
  • Use Python's debugging tools to quickly figure out bugs in your code.
  • Programmatically control the mouse and keyboard to click and type for you.


  • No programming experience is required.
  • Downloading and installing Python is covered at the start of the course.
  • Basic computer skills: surfing websites, running programs, saving and opening documents, etc.



If you're an office worker, student, administrator, or just want to become more productive with your computer, programming will allow you write code that can automate tedious tasks. This course follows the popular (and free!) book, Automate the Boring Stuff with Python.

Automate the Boring Stuff with Python was written for people who want to get up to speed writing small programs that do practical tasks as soon as possible. You don't need to know sorting algorithms or object-oriented programming, so this course skips all the computer science and concentrates on writing code that gets stuff done.

This course is for complete beginners and covers the popular Python programming language. You'll learn basic concepts as well as:

  • Web scraping
  • Parsing PDFs and Excel spreadsheets
  • Automating the keyboard and mouse
  • Sending emails and texts
  • And several other practical topics

By the end of this course, you'll be able to write code that not only dramatically increases your productivity, but also be able to list this fun and creative skill on your resume.

Who is the target audience?
  • Office workers, students, small/home business workers, and administrators would want to improve their productivity.
  • Aspiring software engineers who want to add skills to their programming toolbelt.
  • Computer users who have heard the "learn to code" message, but want practical reasons to learn programming.
  • Experienced Python software engineers can skip the first half of the course, but may find the later parts that cover various third-party modules helpful.
  • While this course doesn't cover specific devops tools, this course would be useful for QA, devops, and admins who want to learn scripting in Python.


Python Basics

Get Python Installed

Just a check in.

Basic Terminology and Using IDLE

Writing Our First Program

Flow Control

Flow Charts and Basic Flow Control Concepts

If, Else, and Elif Statements

While Loops

For Loops


Python's Built-In Functions

Writing Your Own Functions

Global and Local Scopes

Handling Errors with try/except

Try and Except Statements

Writing a Complete Program: Guess the Number

Writing a "Guess the Number" Program


The List Data Type

For Loops with Lists, Multiple Assignment, and Augmented Operators

List Methods

Similarities Between Lists and Strings


The Dictionary Data Type

Data Structures

More About Strings

Advanced String Syntax

String Methods

String Formatting

Running Programs from the Command Line

Launching Python Programs from Outside IDLE

Regular Expressions

Regular Expression Basics

Regex Groups and the Pipe Character

Repetition in Regex Patterns and Greedy/Nongreedy Matching

Regex Character Classes and the findall() Method

Regex Dot-Star and the Caret/Dollar Characters

Regex sub() Method and Verbose Mode

Regex Example Program: A Phone and Email Scraper


Filenames and Absolute/Relative File Paths

Reading and Writing Plaintext Files

Copying and Moving Files and Folders

Deleting Files

Walking a Directory Tree


The raise and assert Statements


Using the Debugger

Web Scraping

The webbrowser Module

Downloading from the Web with the Requests Module

Parsing HTML with the Beautiful Soup Module

Controlling the Browser with the Selenium Module

Excel, Word, and PDF Documents

Reading Excel Spreadsheets

Editing Excel Spreadsheets

Reading and Editing PDFs

Reading and Editing Word Documents


Sending Emails

Checking Your Email Inbox

GUI Automation

Controlling the Mouse from Python

Controlling the Keyboard from Python

Screenshots and Image Recognition

Congratulations! (And next steps...)

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Kevin Thomas
8 months ago

if I go through this course , u sure ill be able to cover the whole thing, I mean know python completely, as asking coz I wanna build my career around it

Saurabh Hooda
8 months ago

@kevin-thomas There is no course that covers any language **completely**. Any programming language/framework is far vast that can be covered in a course.
You need to evaluate a course on the parameter whether it will be sufficient enough to give you a solid footing so that you can venture fearlessly into deeper waters. If that's your parameter, then this is a good course.

Apoorva Tiwari
8 months ago

Please explain how I can learn coding in python over here

Saurabh Hooda
8 months ago

@apoorva-tiwari You need to do a Python course/tutorial for that.

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