Python 101
Python 101
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About the Book

The second edition of Python 101 is completely rewritten from the ground up. In this book, you will learn the Python programming language and lots more.

This book is split up into four sections:

  1. The Python Language
  2. Intermediate Topics
  3. Creating Sample Applications
  4. Distributing Your Code

Following is how it will break down in more detail:

Part I - The Python Language

  • 01 - Installation
  • 02 - Python editors
  • 03 - Python style guide / comment rules
  • 04 - Integers and floats 
  • 05 - Lists
  • 06 - Tuples 
  • 07 - Dictionaries
  • 08 - Sets
  • 09 - Strings
  • 10 - Boolean
  • 11 - Conditional statements
  • 12 - Loops
  • 13 - Comprehensions
  • 14 - Exception Handling
  • 15 - Files 
  • 16 - Imports
  • 17 - Functions
  • 18 - Classes

In Part 2 - Intermediate Topics, you will then learn about some intermediate topics, such as:

  • Introspection
  • Pip
  • Python virtual environments
  • Threading
  • Multiprocessing
  • Debugging
  • Decorators
  • Profiling
  • Testing
  • Version Control (git)

In Part 3 - Creating Sample Applications, you will learn how to write sample applications:

  • How to create a command line application (argparse)
  • How to parse XML
  • How to parse JSON
  • How to Scrape a website
  • How to Work with CSV files
  • How to work with a database (sqlite)
  • How to Create an Excel document
  • How to Generate a PDF

Finally in Part 4 you will learn how distribute your code as an executable and as source.

About the Author

Michael Driscoll
Michael Driscoll

Michael has been programming with Python since 2006. He is the author of the popular Python blog, The Mouse Vs. the Python. Michael has been a technical reviewer for Packt Publishing and No Starch Press.  He is also a contributor on Real Python.

He also co-authored The Essential Core Python Cheat Sheet for DZone. You can get it here: http://refcardz.dzone.com/refcardz/core-python

Michael released his first book, Python 101, June 3rd, 2014. He wrote the follow up, Python 201: Intermediate Python and published it in the summer of 2016. He is also the author of wxPython Cookbook from Apress as well as Python Interviews from Packt Publishing.

Michael is currently working on some new books as well.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Part I - The Basics
    • Part II - Intermediate Materials
    • Part III - Tutorials
    • Part IV - Python Packaging and Distribution
    • Target Audience
    • About the Author
    • Conventions
    • Requirements
    • Book Source Code
    • Reader Feedback
    • Errata
  • Part I - The Python Language
  • Chapter 1 - Installing Python
    • Installing on Windows
    • Installing on Mac
    • Installing on Linux
    • Android / iOS
    • Other Operating Systems
    • Other Python Variants
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 2 - Python Editors
    • What About the REPL?
    • Getting Started with IDLE
    • Getting Started with PyCharm Community Edition
    • Getting Started with Wing Personal
    • Getting Started with Visual Studio Code
    • Wrapping Up
  • Chapter 3 - Documenting Your Code
    • What are Comments?
    • Commenting Out
    • Multiline Comments
    • Learning About docstrings
    • Python’s Style Guide: PEP8
    • Tools that can help
    • Wrapping Up
    • Review Questions
  • Chapter 4 - Working with Strings
    • Creating Strings
    • String Methods
    • String Formatting
    • Formatting Strings Using %s (printf-style)
    • Formatting Strings Using .format()
    • Formatting Strings with f-strings
    • String Concatenation
    • String Slicing
    • Wrapping Up
    • Review Questions
  • Chapter 5 - Numeric Types
    • Integers
    • Floats
    • Complex Numbers
    • Numeric Operations
    • Augmented Assignment
    • Wrapping Up
    • Review Questions
  • Chapter 6 - Learning About Lists
    • Creating Lists
    • List Methods
    • List Slicing
    • Copying a List
    • Wrapping Up
    • Review Questions
  • Chapter 7 - Learning About Tuples
    • Creating Tuples
    • Working With Tuples
    • Concatenating Tuples
    • Special Case Tuples
    • Wrapping Up
    • Review Questions
  • Chapter 8 - Learning About Dictionaries
    • Creating Dictionaries
    • Accessing Dictionaries
    • Dictionary Methods
    • Modifying Your Dictionary
    • Deleting Items From Your Dictionary
    • Wrapping Up
    • Review Questions
  • Chapter 9 - Learning About Sets
    • Creating a Set
    • Accessing Set Members
    • Changing Items
    • Adding Items
    • Removing Items
    • Clearing or Deleting a Set
    • Set Operations
    • Wrapping Up
    • Review Questions
  • Chapter 10 - Boolean Operations and None
    • The bool() Function
    • What About None?
    • Wrapping Up
    • Review Questions
  • Chapter 11 - Conditional Statements
    • Comparison Operators
    • Creating a Simple Conditional
    • Branching Conditional Statements
    • Nesting Conditionals
    • Logical Operators
    • Special Operators
    • Wrapping Up
    • Review Question
  • Chapter 12 - Learning About Loops
    • Creating a for Loop
    • Looping Over a String
    • Looping Over a Dictionary
    • Extracting Multiple Values in a Tuple While Looping
    • Using enumerate with Loops
    • Creating a while Loop
    • Breaking Out of a Loop
    • Using continue
    • Loops and the else Statement
    • Nesting Loops
    • Wrapping Up
    • Review Questions
  • Chapter 13 - Python Comprehensions
    • List Comprehensions
    • Nested List Comprehensions
    • Dictionary Comprehensions
    • Set Comprehensions
    • Wrapping Up
    • Review Questions
  • Chapter 14 - Exception Handling
    • The Most Common Exceptions
    • Handling Exceptions
    • Raising Exceptions
    • Examining the Exception Object
    • Using the finally Statement
    • Using the else Statement
    • Wrapping Up
    • Review Questions
  • Chapter 15 - Working with Files
    • The open() Function
    • Reading Files
    • Reading Binary Files
    • Writing Files
    • Seeking Within a File
    • Appending to Files
    • Catching File Exceptions
    • Wrapping Up
    • Review Questions
  • Chapter 16 - Importing
    • Using import
    • Using from to Import Sub-Modules
    • Importing Everything
    • Wrapping Up
    • Review Questions
  • Chapter 17 - Functions
    • Creating a Function
    • Calling a Function
    • Passing Arguments
    • Type Hinting Your Arguments
    • Passing Keyword Arguments
    • Required and Default Arguments
    • What are *args and **kwargs?
    • Positional-only Parameters
    • Scope
    • Wrapping Up
    • Review Questions
  • Chapter 18 - Classes
    • Class Creation
    • Figuring Out self
    • Public and Private Methods / Attributes
    • Subclass Creation
    • Polymorphism
    • Making the Class Nicer
    • Wrapping Up
    • Review Questions
  • Review Question Answer Key
    • Chapter 3 - Documenting Your Code
    • Chapter 4 - Numeric Types
    • Chapter 5 - Learning About Lists
    • Chapter 6 - Learning About Tuples
    • Chapter 7 - Learning About Dictionaries
    • Chapter 8 - Learning About Sets
    • Chapter 9 - Working with Strings
    • Chapter 10 - Boolean Operations and None
    • Chapter 11 - Conditional Statements
    • Chapter 12 - Learning About Loops
    • Chapter 13 - Python Comprehensions
    • Chapter 14 - Exception Handling
    • Chapter 15 - Working with Files
    • Chapter 17 - Functions
    • Chapter 18 - Classes
    • Chapter 19 - Introspection
    • Chapter 20 - Installing Packages with pip
    • Chapter 21 - Python Virtual Environments

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