Learn Python the Hard Way

Learn Python the Hard Way

A Very Simple Introduction to the Terrifyingly Beautiful World of Computers and Code

Book - 2014
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You Will Learn Python!


Zed Shaw has perfected the world's best system for learning Python. Follow it and you will succeed-just like the hundreds of thousands of beginners Zed has taught to date! You bring the discipline, commitment, and persistence; the author supplies everything else.


In Learn Python the Hard Way, Third Edition, you'll learn Python by working through 52 brilliantly crafted exercises. Read them. Type their code precisely. (No copying and pasting!) Fix your mistakes. Watch the programs run. As you do, you'll learn how software works; what good programs look like; how to read, write, and think about code; and how to find and fix your mistakes using tricks professional programmers use. Most importantly, you'll learn the following, which you need to start writing excellent Python software of your own:

  • Installing a complete Python environment
  • Organizing and writing code
  • Basic mathematics
  • Variables
  • Strings and text
  • Interacting with users
  • Working with files
  • Looping and logic
  • Data structures using lists and dictionaries
  • Program design
  • Object-oriented programming
  • Inheritance and composition
  • Modules, classes, and objects
  • Python packaging
  • Debugging
  • Automated testing
  • Basic game development
  • Basic web development

It'll be hard at first. But soon, you'll just get it-and that will feel great!


This tutorial will reward you for every minute you put into it. Soon, you'll know one of the world's most powerful, popular programming languages. You'll be a Python programmer.


Watch Zed, too! The accompanying DVD contains 5+ hours of passionate, powerful teaching: a complete Python video course!

Book News
One of the popular "Hard Way" series, written by Zed Shaw, a lively programmer and a widely read essayist, this book guides then reader through a series of 52 increasingly complex exercises designed to get them up and running with Python programming. Starting with installation and basic program design, the subjects covered include an introduction to strings and variables, an in-depth look at Python printing capabilities, interactive sessions, file handling, input and output, issues of logic and decision-making algorithms, various loops; modules, dictionaries and objects and project design, culminating with the essentials of basic web and game development. Designed for a newcomer to programming, the lively and well-organized approach to teaching programming makes the subject easy and prepares a thorough student for more challenging and advanced tasks. Includes a CD-ROM with all the relevant open source software and coding examples. Annotation ©2014 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Upper Saddle River, NJ : Addison-Wesley, [2014]
Edition: Third Edition
ISBN: 9780321884916
Branch Call Number: 005.133 SHAW
Characteristics: xv, 287 pages ; 23 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Notes: Includes index
Includes CD inside back cover pocket


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