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Overview

Practical Python offers a highly useful guide to the Python programming language. In disarmingly readable prose, author Magnus Lie Hetland guides you through those concepts of most importance to the budding Python developer.

Following a succinct overview of the installation process, Hetland brings you up to speed regarding the general programming precepts common to every high-level language, including datatypes, conditionals and looping, abstractions, and modularity. Notably, Hetland takes great care to provide a thorough introduction to Python's potentially confusing datatype offering, including lists, tuples, and dictionaries, providing numerous examples aimed toward familiarizing you with their subtle, yet important differences.

Primed with the language's foundational knowledge, youll then be introduced to Pythons file-handling, database, graphical user interface, and string-handling capabilities. Additionally, Hetland offers an excellent review of Pythons object-oriented, functional, and exception-handling capabilities. All chapters are peppered with references to Python's useful built-in functions, which is done with the intention of demonstrating the considerable features offered by the default Python distribution.

Hetland devotes the second half of the book to project development, taking great care to choose a series of ten increasingly complex applications that are of timely and wide-ranging interest to burgeoning and expert developers alike. Project focus includes automated document conversion, newsgroup administration, graphical PDF document generation, remote document maintenance, the creation of a peer-to-peer system with XML-RPC, database integration, and GUI and game development.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590590065
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 8/7/2002
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.57 (d)

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Table of Contents

About the Author
About the Technical Reviewers
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Instant Hacking: The Basics 1
Ch. 2 Lists and Tuples 37
Ch. 3 Working with Strings 63
Ch. 4 Dictionaries: When Indices Won't Do 79
Ch. 5 Conditionals, Loops, and Some Other Statements 96
Ch. 6 Abstraction 129
Ch. 7 More Abstraction 167
Ch. 8 Exceptions 193
Ch. 9 Magic Methods, Properties, and Iterators 209
Ch. 10 Batteries Included 245
Ch. 11 Files and Stuff 303
Ch. 12 Graphical User Interfaces 325
Ch. 13 Playful Programming 349
Ch. 14 Project 1: Instant Markup 365
Ch. 15 Project 2: Painting a Pretty Picture 387
Ch. 16 Project 3: XML for All Occasions 401
Ch. 17 Project 4: In the News 421
Ch. 18 Project 5: A Virtual Tea Party 439
Ch. 19 Project 6: Remote Editing with CGI 461
Ch. 20 Project 7: Your Own Bulletin Board 481
Ch. 21 Project 8: File Sharing with XML-RPC 501
Ch. 22 Project 9: File Sharing II-Now with GUT! 525
Ch. 23 Project 10: Do-It-Yourself Arcade Game 535
App. A The Short Version 559
App. B Python Reference 571
App. C: Online Resources 589
Index 593
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