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The authors of Learning Python show you enough essentials of the Python scripting language to enable you to begin solving problems right away,
then reveal more powerful aspects of the language one at a time.
This approach is sure to appeal to programmers and system administrators who have
urgent problems and a preference for learning by semi-guided experimentation.
First off, Learning Python shows the relationships among Python scripts and their
interpreter (in a mostly platform-neutral way).
Then, the authors address the mechanics of the language itself, providing illustrations of how Python
conceives of numbers, strings, and other objects as well as the operators you use to work with them.
Dictionaries, lists, tuples, and other data
structures specific to Python receive plenty of attention including complete examples.
Authors Mark Lutz and David Ascher build on that fundamental
information in their discussions of functions and modules, which evolve into coverage of namespaces, classes, and the object-oriented aspects of Python programming.
There's also information on creating graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for Python applications with Tkinter.
In addition to its careful
expository prose, Learning Python includes exercises that both test your Python skills and help reveal more elusive truths about the language. --This text refers to an out of
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Portable, powerful, and a breeze to use, Python is ideal for both standalone programs
and scripting applications.
With this hands-on book, you can master the fundamentals of the core Python language quickly and efficiently, whether
you're new to programming or just new to Python. Once you finish, you will know enough about the language to use it in any application domain you choose.
Learning Python is based on material from author Mark Lutz's popular training courses, which he's taught over the past decade. Each chapter is a self-contained
lesson that helps you thoroughly understand a key component of Python before you continue.
Along with plenty of annotated examples, illustrations, and
chapter summaries, every chapter also contains Brain Builder, a unique section with practical exercises and review quizzes that let you practice new skills and test your
understanding as you go.
This book covers:
Types and Operations -- Python's major built-in object types in depth: numbers, lists,
dictionaries, and more
Statements and Syntax -- the code you type to create and process objects in Python, along with Python's general syntax
Functions -- Python's basic procedural tool for structuring and reusing code
Modules -- packages of statements, functions,
and other tools organized into larger components
Classes and OOP -- Python's optional object-oriented programming tool for structuring code for
customization and reuse
Exceptions and Tools -- exception handling model and statements, plus a look at development tools for writing larger
Learning Python gives you a deep and complete understanding of the language that will help you comprehend any application-level examples
of Python that you later encounter.
If you're ready to discover what Google and YouTube see in Python, this book is the best way to get started.