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Python Course of the Month – Working with Files and Directories in Python

Do you need to work faster and more efficiently with different types of files in Python? Are you a data scientist or an app developer? Our October Python Course of the Month, Working with Files and Directories in Python, is perfect for you!

Python is the most popular programming language in the world today. There are many reasons to learn Python, like its simplicity, many uses, and huge number of libraries.

Python is essential if you are considering a career in data science, but it can also be used in many other areas. Its power lies in the online community that creates and develops libraries and scripts. Thanks to this, Python can be used for almost anything: web development, game development, software engineering, machine Learning, IoT – you name it!

I also have good news. At the time of writing this article, the team is offering all novice programmers a completely free course: Python Basics: Part 1. This is the perfect first step or way to find out if coding is for you.

But let's go back to our Python Course of the Month. In this article, I am going to convince you to try this interactive Python course. (Hint: You can try it for free!) Why? Read on to find out.

Why Learn How to Work with Files and Directories in Python?

You know how difficult it is to control huge collections of files. If you do this on a daily basis, Python can be of great help in your work. Why bother doing everything manually when some processes can be automated with fairly simple scripts? If you master how to work with files more efficiently, you’ll have more time for other things. And your boss will also notice your efforts – a good way to get a raise or promotion!

Working with Files and Directories in Python

Plus, learning a bit of Python automation will help you expand your skillset. If you want to stay in the game and increase your market value, you can never stop growing. So why not learn a new Python skill? Fun fact: Learning Python makes you smarter!

What's Inside This Online Python Course?

Our Working with Files and Directories in Python course contains 104 interactive exercises. It should not take you more than 10 hours to complete. You start with simpler concepts, then learn more complex functions and solve more complicated tasks.

Working with Files and Directories in Python

In this course, you’ll:

  • Learn how to use the functions open() and close(), which allow you to open and close files in Python.
  • Discover how to use the reading (r), writing (w), appending (a), and other modes when working with files.
  • Practice the with syntax, the most common and convenient syntax for working with files in Python.
  • Learn how to handle exceptions that arise when working with files in Python.
  • Work with the read(), readline(), and readlines() functions to read data from files.
  • Understand how to iterate over text files with a for loop.
  • Practice the write() and writelines() functions for writing to files.
  • Discover how to create, remove and rename directories and how to list the contents of a directory.
  • Find out how to manage files via the traditional Python file API (in the os and os.path modules) and the modern Python file API in the pathlib module.

You can decide whether this course works for you without any risk; just create a free account and do a few free trial exercises.

This interactive Python course is one of the courses in our File Processing in Python track. If you want to work freely with different file formats in Python, this track is worth checking out. The other courses in the track include:

Why Choose

If you've come here, you probably have had a few attempts at learning Python – for better or worse. Sometimes you just have to find the right source to be successful.

We know from experience that many users try to learn coding from YouTube or books. We are not saying that these ways are doomed to failure. Such paths, however, require much more motivation from learners. They also usually lack ways to test the acquired knowledge in practice. But if you want to learn Python, you can't get it right without hands-on practice and real code writing.

All our Python courses are fully interactive: when you learn Python topics, you put them immediately into practice by writing code in our online console. You don't need to install or set up anything on your computer. All you need is an Internet connection and your favorite browser.

If you want to know about my journey to becoming a Pythonist, you can read this article. Perhaps it will help you achieve your goals!

Who Should Take This Python Course?

Working with Files and Directories in Python is not a course for complete beginners. We assume that you already should know some Python basics – i.e. that you know what variables, if statements, and for and while loops are. If you don't know what we're talking about, start with our Python Basics course and then come back to this one.

This course will be especially useful for:

  • Data analysts.
  • Data scientists.
  • Computer science students.
  • Aspiring Python programmers who want to learn or review their knowledge of working with files in Python
  • Hobbyists looking for exercises on how to work with files in Python.
Working with Files and Directories in Python

If you want the best possible learning experience, these articles provide useful tips:

Try Our Python Course of the Month!

I hope you’ve already decided to learn to work with files and directories in Python. It is a skill that will not only help you in your daily work but will also pay off in your future. Don't wait any longer – start learning today!

How to try this online Python course for free:

Happy learning!