Pdf Book Name: Python by Example Learning to Program in 150 Challenges
Author: Nichola Lacey
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN-10, 13: 1108716830,9781108716833
Pages: 191 Pages
File size: 10 MB
File format: PDF,EPUB
Download Python by Example Learning to Program in 150 Challenges Pdf Book Description:
Python is today’s fastest growing programming language. This engaging and refreshingly different guide breaks down the skills into clear step-by-step chunks and explains the theory using brief easy-to-understand language. Rather than bamboozling readers with pages of mind-numbing technical jargon, this book includes 150 practical challenges, putting the power in the reader’s hands. Through creating programs to solve these challenges the reader will quickly progress from mastering the basics to confidently using subroutines, a graphical user interface, and linking to external text, csv and SQL files. This book is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to program with Python. In particular, students starting out in computer science and teachers who want to improve their confidence in Python will find here a set of ready-made challenges for classroom use. If you have ever picked up a programming manual and felt your forehead go clammy and your eyes cross as you attempt to make sense of the longwinded explanations, this is the guide for you.
I have been in your position, attempting to learn how to program and having to rely on the traditional style of guides. I know from painful experience how quickly I glaze over and my brain solidifies; after only a few pages the tedium leaves me blindly reading words without any real notion of what they mean any more. Inevitably I give up and the whole process makes me feel like a limp failure, gasping for breath after I surface from drowning in technical jargon. I hated having to read through pointless drivel and then be presented with a short program telling me exactly what to type in and then spend the next 20 pages reading about what I have just done and the 101 ways I could run it. I hated having no control over trying things out for myself and I hated the way these guides would only contain one or two challenges at the end of a chapter of theory. I knew there had to be a better way, and thankfully there is. I wrote it and you are presently reading it, so aren’t you lucky? This guide is refreshingly different and helps you learn how to program with Python by using practical examples rather than self-important explanations. Many programmers learn through experimentation, looking at others’ code and working out what method is best for a given situation. This book is a hands-on approach to learning programming. After minimal reading you are set a number of challenges to create the programs. You can explore and experiment with the programming language and look at the example solutions to learn how to think like a programmer. There are no chapters entitled “the architecture of a computer”, “the theory of programming” or any other gobbledy-gook other authors like to waste time with. I don’t want to baffle you with theory or blind you with overbearing explanations that suck out your enthusiasm for learning to program.
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