Learn to Program Using Python: A Tutorial for Hobbyists, Self-Starters, and All Who Want to Learn the Art of Computer Programming

Learn to Program Using Python: A Tutorial for Hobbyists, Self-Starters, and All Who Want to Learn the Art of Computer Programming

by Alan Gauld
     
 

ISBN-10: 0201709384

ISBN-13: 9780201709384

Pub. Date: 12/08/2000

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

Are you a...

  • Systems administrator frustrated by the deficiencies of your existing tools?
  • Web site creator wanting to produce more dynamic content?
  • Computer user with a desire to know what's going on inside the box?

Then Learn to Program Using Python is the book for you.

You will find this book to be an

Overview

Are you a...

  • Systems administrator frustrated by the deficiencies of your existing tools?
  • Web site creator wanting to produce more dynamic content?
  • Computer user with a desire to know what's going on inside the box?

Then Learn to Program Using Python is the book for you.

You will find this book to be an ideal starting point for learning the essentials of computer programming. Assuming no prior knowledge (other than basic computer operation), this unintimidating and clearly written guide introduces you to programming terminology, fundamental concepts, and techniques for writing actual code.

Python is ideal for novice programmers: it is available for free; it has simple syntax but powerful features; it supports lots of programming styles; it runs on many platforms; it has a friendly and helpful user community. This book uses the Python language to teach you the fundamentals of computer programming. Once you master the basic techniques and concepts you learn in this book, you can apply them to any language you choose to work with.

Learn to Program Using Python is based on a popular on-line tutorial that has been expanded and enhanced for this book. It takes you step-by-step through all the essential programming topics. You will learn about:

  • Sequences, branching, and looping
  • Data types and variables
  • Input and output
  • Modular programming
  • Handling files and text
  • Errors
  • Recursion
  • Namespaces
  • Object-oriented programming
  • Event-driven programming
  • Regular expressions
  • Debugging

In addition, the book introduces elements of programming style and offers a look at the thinking and steps involved in designing a software solution. Several sample applications illustrate techniques and ideas in action.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201709384
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
12/08/2000
Series:
Programming Languages Series
Edition description:
BK&CD-ROM
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

I. INTRODUCTION.

1. Who, What, and How?
2. What Do I Need?
3. What Is Programming?
4. Getting Started.

II. PROGRAMMING FUNDAMENTALS.

5. Simple Sequences.
6. The Raw Materials.
7. More Sequences and Other Things.
8. Looping, or the Art of Repeating Oneself.
9. Decisions, Decisions.
10. Conversing with the User.
11. Modular Programming.
12. Handling Files and Text.
13. A Touch of Style.
14. Handling Errors.

III. Advanced Topics.

15. Recursion.
16. Namespaces.
17. Object-Oriented Programming.
18. Event-Driven Programming.
19. Regular Expressions.
20. Debugging.
21. Designing a Solution.

IV. Case Studies.

22. Grammar Counter.
23. Guessing Games.
Epilogue.
Appendix A. Installing and Testing Python.
Appendix B. Some Interesting Programming Languages.
Appendix C. Resources.
Glossary.
Index.

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