Algorithms and Data Structures

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This free project is part of the liveProject series Algorithms and Data Structures in Python
prerequisites
basic Python
skills learned
develop a basic text-based spreadsheet program • read command-line arguments and perform file I/O • perform common string operations in Python • append items to Python lists • sort lists in Python using built-in routines
Kyle Dewey
1 week · 6-8 hours per week · BEGINNER

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In this liveProject, you’ll play the role of a programmer who has been hired by a real estate developer to help determine what a fair market price for rent should be across a number of owned properties. The good news is that the real estate developer has gathered data into a spreadsheet (in a CSV file). The bad news is that the spreadsheet is so large that they can’t even open it in a typical spreadsheet program, let alone do any sort of analysis with it. They’ve asked you to develop an interactive program that will perform some basic exploration of the data. You’ll use highly popular Python to tackle this challenge, and gain valuable experience processing CSV files and sorting lists as well as working with files, strings, and command-line arguments.

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Kyle Dewey
Kyle Dewey received his Ph.D. in computer science from UC Santa Barbara and has been an assistant professor in Cal State Northridge's computer science department since 2017. He has a dozen scientific publications spanning programming language design, compilers, automated software testing, and computer science education, and has presented his work at top conferences in the field. Kyle has formally taught courses covering programming skills at all levels, including courses specifically related to the algorithms and data structures seen in this liveProject.

prerequisites

The liveProject is for people with basic familiarity with Python and programming, comparable to a single introductory course at the college level. To begin these liveProjects you will need to be familiar with the following:


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  • Basic Python

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll develop a basic text-based spreadsheet program that will allow you to open a CSV file specified on the command-line. By implementing this program, you’ll learn to


  • Develop a basic text-based spreadsheet program
  • Read command-line arguments and perform file I/O
  • Perform common string operations in Python
  • Append items to Python lists
  • Sort lists in Python using built-in routines

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