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The easy way to learn programming fundamentals with Python
Python is a remarkably powerful and dynamic programming language that's used in a wide variety of application domains. Some of its key distinguishing features include a very clear, readable syntax, strong introspection capabilities, intuitive object orientation, and natural expression of procedural code. Plus, Python features full modularity, supporting hierarchical packages, exception-based error handling, and modules easily written in C, C++, Java, R, or .NET languages, such as C#. In addition, Python supports a number of coding styles that include: functional, imperative, object-oriented, and procedural.
Due to its ease of use and flexibility, Python is constantly growing in popularity—and now you can wear your programming hat with pride and join the ranks of the pros with the help of this guide. Inside, expert author John Paul Mueller gives a complete step-by-step overview of all there is to know about Python. From performing common and advanced tasks, to collecting data, to interacting with package—this book covers it all!
- Use Python to create and run your first application
- Find out how to troubleshoot and fix errors
- Learn to work with Anaconda and use Magic Functions
- Benefit from completely updated and revised information since the last edition
If you've never used Python or are new to programming in general, Beginning Programming with Python For Dummies is a helpful resource that will set you up for success.
About the Author
John Paul Mueller is a freelance author and technical editor with more than 107 books and 600 articles to his credit. His subjects range from networking and artificial intelligence to database management and heads-down programming. He also consults and writes certification exams. Visit his website at http://www.johnmuellerbooks.com/.
Table of Contents
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