Think Python

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

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The Way of the Program
Chapter 2. Variables, Expressions, and Statements
Chapter 3. Functions
Chapter 4. Case Study: Interface Design
Chapter 5. Conditionals and Recursion
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. Case Study: Tkinter

Appendix A. Debugging
Appendix B. Analysis of Algorithms
Appendix C. Lumpy

Book Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media (August 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144933072X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449330729
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