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Beginning Programming with Python For Dummies

Beginning Programming with Python For Dummies

John Paul Mueller

ISBN: 978-1-118-89147-6

Aug 2014

408 pages


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Learn Python—the fun and easy way—and get in the programming game today!

Python is one of the fastest growing programming languages, and no wonder. It requires three to five times less time than developing in Java, is a great building block for learning both procedural and object-oriented programming concepts, and is an ideal language for data analysis. Beginning Programming with Python For Dummies is the perfect guide to this dynamic and powerful programming language—even if you've never coded before! Author John Paul Mueller draws on his vast programming knowledge and experience to guide you step-by-step through the syntax and logic of programming with Python and provides several real-world programming examples to give you hands-on experience trying out what you've learned.

  • Provides a solid understanding of basic computer programming concepts and helps familiarize you with syntax and logic
  • Explains the fundamentals of procedural and object-oriented programming
  • Shows how Python is being used for data analysis and other applications
  • Includes short, practical programming samples to apply your skills to real-world programming scenarios

Whether you've never written a line of code or are just trying to pick up Python, there's nothing to fear with the fun and friendly Beginning Programming with Python For Dummies leading the way.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Python 5

Chapter 1: Talking to Your Computer 7

Chapter 2: Getting Your Own Copy of Python 21

Chapter 3: Interacting with Python 39

Chapter 4: Writing Your First Application 57

Part II: Talking the Talk 81

Chapter 5: Storing and Modifying Information 83

Chapter 6: Managing Information 93

Chapter 7: Making Decisions 117

Chapter 8: Performing Repetitive Tasks 133

Chapter 9: Dealing with Errors 149

Part III: Performing Common Tasks 181

Chapter 10: Interacting with Modules 183

Chapter 11: Working with Strings 205

Chapter 12: Managing Lists 223

Chapter 13: Collecting All Sorts of Data 243

Chapter 14: Creating and Using Classes 267

Part IV: Performing Advanced Tasks 291

Chapter 15: Storing Data in Files 293

Chapter 16: Sending an E-Mail 309

Part V: The Part of Tens 327

Chapter 17: Ten Amazing Programming Resources 329

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Make a Living with Py thon 339

Chapter 19: Ten Interesting Tools 347

Chapter 20: Ten Libraries You Need to Know About 357

Index 365

Example files that appear throughout the book