Python Crash Course: A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to Programming (英語) ペーパーバック – 2015/11/1
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Python Crash Course is a fast-paced, thorough introduction to programming with Python that will have you writing programs, solving problems, and making things that work in no time.
In the first half of the book, you'll learn about basic programming concepts, such as lists, dictionaries, classes, and loops, and practice writing clean and readable code with exercises for each topic. You'll also learn how to make your programs interactive and how to test your code safely before adding it to a project. In the second half of the book, you'll put your new knowledge into practice with three substantial projects: a Space Invaders-inspired arcade game, data visualizations with Python's super-handy libraries, and a simple web app you can deploy online.
As you work through Python Crash Course, you'll learn how to:
- Use powerful Python libraries and tools, including matplotlib, NumPy, and Pygal
- Make 2D games that respond to keypresses and mouse clicks, and that grow more difficult as the game progresses
- Work with data to generate interactive visualizations
- Create and customize simple web apps and deploy them safely online
- Deal with mistakes and errors so you can solve your own programming problems
If you've been thinking seriously about digging into programming, Python Crash Course will get you up to speed and have you writing real programs fast. Why wait any longer? Start your engines and code!
Eric Matthes is a high school math and science teacher living in Alaska who teaches an Introduction to Programming class in Python. He has been writing programs since he was five years old.
The thing that I love most about this book is the way the author's just jumps into the meat and potatoes without sacrificing any substance. I was able to follow the exercises and do them based solely on what I had learned as well. This is a major point since many books make learning not fun and dry. Furthermore, as an avid gamer I fully appreciated the connection between the tools and a logical purpose of them. I've got the big fat Python book with the animal on it and was discouraged by its size. I purchased this book with a book on Machine Learning in Python as well.
To sum up, it's a great buy and well worthy of your time if you're trying to get some basic Python knowledge. Extra kudos for writing examples in both Python 2.7 and 3.
I'm a complete, absolute, know-nothing, beginner on programming. I should note I barely finished Chapter 2 (Variables and Simple Data), but it is a good 60 pages in, and I absolutely love the presentation of the concepts. Additionally, the author provides you with checkpoints titled "Try it Yourself" and instead of overwhelming you with a list of problems so long that you fear missing out on important reinforcement, there are anywhere from 1-5 problems to reinforce a concept.
If you're an absolute beginner to programming like myself, I absolutely recommend the book!
Python Crash Course breaks everything down to the basics, chapter by chapter. It is a FANTASTIC book for DEVOTED beginners. You need to pay attention and don't give up on the first half of the book (the learning portion), because the second half of the book (the projects portion) is the most fun / most important.
Programming, no joke, is hard. But if you're a beginner like me and want something with no frills and gets right to the explanation of what print and variables and functions and classes and dictionaries are, this book is your best friend.