Beginning Programming with Python For Dummies
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
John Paul Mueller has produced 95 books and over 300 articles to date. He’s also contributed articles to magazines like DevSource, InformIT, SQL Server Professional, Visual C++ Developer, Hard Core Visual Basic, asp.netPRO, Software Test and Performance, and Visual Basic Developer.
Learn to: Speak the language of Python and understand its syntax Use Python to build programs and simplify development Work with Python building blocks, strings, dictionaries, and sets Grasp the basics of procedural and object-oriented programming Make sense of Python—and get in the programming game Get started with the dynamic and powerful Python programming language—even if you’ve never written a line of code! Drawing on his vast programming experience, expert author John Paul Mueller guides you step-by-step through the syntax and logic of Python to get you started with programming, and provides plenty of real-world examples along the way. Speak your computer’s language — discover how programming is a form of communication, understand why Python is so cool, and write your first application Start talking the talk — find out how to store and modify information, control how Python views data, make simple decisions using the “if” statement, and process data using the “for” statement Perusing in Python — get the lowdown on interacting with modules, working with strings, managing lists, creating and using classes, and collecting all sorts of data The sky’s the limit — take your skills to the next level and start performing advanced tasks like storing data in files and sending an e-mail Be a Python pro — find amazing programming resources, ways to make a living with Python, cool programming tools, and more Open the book and find: How Python compares to other programming languages Plain-English explanations of how Python works Useful Python applications Guidance on interacting with Python Ways to create and use functions Tips for dealing with errors How to perform advanced tasks Where to go for further resources Ten libraries you need to know about
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