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This project is part of the liveProject series Six Small Algorithm Projects
basic Python, Jupyter Notebook, and tkinter
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working with files • defining classes • using lists, loops, methods, and other basic techniques
Rod Stephens
1 week · 4-6 hours per week · BEGINNER
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liveProject This project is part of the liveProject series Six Small Algorithm Projects liveProjects give you the opportunity to learn new skills by completing real-world challenges in your local development environment. Solve practical problems, write working code, and analyze real data—with liveProject, you learn by doing. These self-paced projects also come with full liveBook access to select books for 90 days plus permanent access to other select Manning products. $20.99 $29.99 you save $9 (30%)
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In this liveProject, you’ll utilize Python and maximal flow algorithms to create an application that can match jobs with the correct workers. Running all the possible combinations of jobs and workers with the correct skills would be impossible to scale manually, but is easy to do with Python. You’ll start by finding the maximal flows in your network, then quickly move on to creating a program that assigns jobs based on your algorithm.

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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Rod Stephens
Rod Stephens started out as a mathematician, but discovered the fun of algorithms and has been programming ever since. He was a Microsoft Visual Basic Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 15 years, has spoken for user groups and conferences and has taught introductory programming courses. He has written more than 30 books including Essential Algorithms: A Practical Approach to Computer Algorithms Using Python and C#, and Beginning Software Engineering, which include material related to this series of liveProjects.


The liveProject is for intermediate Python programmers who know Python and the tkinter package. To begin this liveProject, you will need to be familiar with the following:

  • Basics of Python
  • Basics of Jupyter Notebook
  • Basics of tkinter
  • Create a class
  • Define __init__ methods
  • Create a tkinter interface
  • Use menu and canvas widgets

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll master the maximal flow algorithm through hands-on work building a working application.

  • Working with files
  • Defining classes
  • Using lists, loops, methods, and other basic techniques
  • Using tkinter to make user interfaces including menus
  • Using mouse events to let the user select objects


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book resources
Get full access to select books for 90 days. Permanent access to excerpts from Manning products are also included, as well as references to other resources.