Overview

If you want to learn how to program, working with Python is an excellent way to start. This hands-on guide takes you through the language one step at a time, beginning with basic programming concepts before moving on to functions, recursion, data structures, and object-oriented design.

Through exercises in each chapter, you’ll try out programming concepts as you learn them. Think Python is ideal for students at the high school or college level, as well as self-learners, ...

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Think Python

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Overview

If you want to learn how to program, working with Python is an excellent way to start. This hands-on guide takes you through the language one step at a time, beginning with basic programming concepts before moving on to functions, recursion, data structures, and object-oriented design.

Through exercises in each chapter, you’ll try out programming concepts as you learn them. Think Python is ideal for students at the high school or college level, as well as self-learners, home-schooled students, and professionals who need to learn programming basics.

  • Start with the basics, including language syntax and semantics
  • Get a clear definition of each programming concept
  • Learn values, variables, statements, functions, and data structures in a logical progression
  • Discover how to work with files and databases
  • Understand objects, methods, and object-oriented programming
  • Use debugging techniques to fix syntax, runtime, and semantic errors
  • Explore interface design, data structures, and GUI-based programs through case studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449332020
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/9/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 755,499
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Allen Downey is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Olin College of Engineering. He has taught computer science at Wellesley College, Colby College and U.C. Berkeley. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from MIT.

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Table of Contents

PrefaceChapter 1: The Way of the ProgramChapter 2: Variables, Expressions, and StatementsChapter 3: FunctionsChapter 4: Case Study: Interface Design Chapter 5: Conditionals and RecursionChapter 6: Fruitful FunctionsChapter 7: IterationChapter 8: StringsChapter 9: Case Study: Word PlayChapter 10: ListsChapter 11: DictionariesChapter 12: TuplesChapter 13: Case Study: Data Structure SelectionChapter 14: FilesChapter 15: Classes and ObjectsChapter 16: Classes and FunctionsChapter 17: Classes and MethodsChapter 18: InheritanceChapter 19: Case Study: TkinterDebuggingAnalysis of AlgorithmsLumpyColophon

Allen Downey is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Olin College of Engineering. He has taught computer science at Wellesley College, Colby College and U.C. Berkeley. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from MIT.

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