Think Python

How to Think Like a Computer Scientist

by Allen Downey

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Book Description

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 a step at a time, beginning with basic programming concepts before moving on to functions, recursion, data structures, and object-oriented design. This second edition and its supporting code have been updated for Python 3.

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. Beginners just getting their feet wet will learn how to start with Python in a browser.

Start with the basics, including language syntax and semantics; Get a clear definition of each programming concept; Learn about 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.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC). You can download Think Python ebook for free in PDF format (1.6 MB).

Table of Contents

Preface
 
Chapter 1
The way of the program
Chapter 2
Variables, expressions and statements
Chapter 3
Functions
Chapter 4
Case study: interface design
Chapter 6
Fruitful functions
Chapter 7
Iteration
Chapter 8
Strings
Chapter 9
Case study: word play
Chapter 10
Lists
Chapter 11
Dictionaries
Chapter 12
Tuples
Chapter 13
Case study: data structure selection
Chapter 14
Files
Chapter 15
Classes and objects
Chapter 16
Classes and functions
Chapter 17
Classes and methods
Chapter 18
Inheritance
Chapter 19
The Goodies
Appendix A
Debugging
Appendix B
Analysis of Algorithms

Book Details

Subject
Computer Science
Publisher
O'Reilly Media, Green Tea Press
Published
2015
Pages
244
Edition
2
Language
English
ISBN13
9781491939420
ISBN10
1491939427
ISBN13 Digital
9781491939369
ISBN10 Digital
1491939362
PDF Size
1.6 MB
License
CC BY-NC

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