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Learn Python Programming

Through Real Examples

About the Book

Have you wanted to learn Python and wish there was a way to dive into programming without reading a long boring book?

What if there was a book that was based around code, that used full working Python programs to illustrate the different concepts of the language. So that by the end of the book you had written dozens of working Python programs.

This book will teach you Python without getting bogged down in boring discussions. Instead we will jump right into coding. To get the most out of the book type out the Python programs included in it. All of these programs have been tested and should work.

My name is Asim Jalis and I am a Python instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area. I use these notes to teach students how to write Python. The students start out with no knowledge of Python or programming. By the end of the course they are writing full-fledged Python programs.

If you are looking for a quick way to learn Python this book can help you do that.

Good luck with your Python programming!

About the Author

Asim Jalis
Asim Jalis

Asim Jalis is software instructor at MetaProse in San Francisco. He provides training in programming languages and software programming techniques. He has worked as a software engineer for 12 years at Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Salesforce and other companies. Asim has an MS in Computer Science from the University of Virginia, an MA in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and an MBA from the University of Washington.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Instructor
    • Introductions
    • Hands-On Learning
  • History of Python
    • Guido van Rossum
    • Python’s Goals
    • Versions and Timeline
    • Python 2.7 Versus Python 3.0
    • Python 2.7 and 3.0 Differences
  • Introduction
    • What is Python
    • Python vs Perl, Ruby, PHP
    • Startups Using Python
    • Jobs in Different Languages
    • Installing Python
    • Python Scripts
    • Python BAT Files
    • Documentation
    • Interactive Shell
  • Numbers
    • Integers and Floating-Point Numbers
    • Variables
    • Python Conventions
    • Arithmetic Operators
    • Assignment Operators
    • Incrementing and Decrementing
    • Tip Calculator
  • Strings
    • Strings
    • Single-Quotes and Double-Quotes
    • Raw Strings
    • Triple Quotes
    • Concatenating Strings
    • Converting Between Numbers and Strings
    • String Formatting
    • Printf Formatting
    • Reading Input
    • Population Calculator
  • Functions
    • Calling Functions
    • Defining Functions
    • Default Argument Values
    • Keyword Arguments
    • Multiple Return Values
    • Scoping Rules
    • Globals
    • Creating Libraries of Functions
  • Objects
    • Interacting with Objects
  • Generating Reports
    • File Reading and Writing
    • HTML Report
  • Booleans
    • Boolean Type
    • Booleans From Comparisons
    • Comparison Operators
    • Converting Booleans
    • Boolean Operators
  • Control Flow: Branching
    • If and Else
    • If, Elif, and Else
    • If-Else and Boolean Operators
    • Validating Numeric Inputs
    • Catching Control-C
    • Throwing Exceptions
  • Control Flow: Looping
    • Looping with While
    • Looping with For
  • Collections
    • Defining Lists
    • Accessing List Elements
    • List Surgery
    • Creating Lists
    • List Operations
    • Command Line Arguments
    • Dictionaries
    • Tuples
    • List Unpacking
    • Tuples vs List Perf
    • Sets
  • Operating System
    • System Environment
    • Running Shell Commands
  • Third-Party Modules
    • Pip vs Easy_Install
    • Windows Pip Install
    • Demjson
    • Web Services
  • Objects
    • Defining Objects
    • Why Objects
  • Web Applications Using Flask
    • Setting Up Flask
    • Hello World Web App
    • Two Page Web App
    • Tip Calculator Web App
    • Deploying on PythonAnywhere
  • Regex and Web Scraping
    • Regex
    • Regex Summary
    • Web Scraping
  • Databases
    • Database Operations
  • Nose Tests
    • Unit Testing
    • Nose Tests
    • Nose Install
    • Nose Test Example
    • Nose SetUp
  • CSV Files
    • Reading CSV Files
    • Writing CSV Files
  • Misc Topics
    • Args and KWArgs
    • Classmethod and Staticmethod
    • List Comprehensions
    • Closures
    • Decorators
    • Memoizer
    • Iterators
  • Next
    • Next Steps

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