- Book Name: Illustrated Guide To Python 3
- Author: Matt Harrison
- Pages: 208
- Size: 8 MB
Illustrated Guide To Python 3 by Matt Harrison
ARE YOU READY TO JUMPSTART YOUR PYTHON PROGRAMMING CAREER? THIS BOOK WILL ARM YOU WITH YEARS OF knowledge and experience that are condensed into an easy to follow format. Rather than taking months reading blogs, websites, and searching mailing lists and groups, this book will allow a programmer to quickly become knowledgeable and comfortable with Python.
Programming is fun and Python makes it delightful. Basic Python is not only easy, but approachable for all ages. I have taught elementary students, teenagers, “industry” professionals and “golden years” folks the Python programming language. If you are willing to read and type, you are about to begin an exciting path. Where it ultimately takes you depends on how hard you are willing to work.
There are different levels of Python. Basic Python syntax is small and easy to learn. Once you master basic Python, doors will open to you. You should be able to read a lot of Python and understand it. From there, you can learn more advanced topics, specific toolkits, start contributing to open source projects written in Python, or use that knowledge to learn other programming languages.
A recommended approach for learning the language is to read a chapter and then sit down at a computer and type out some of the examples found in the chapter. Python makes it easy to get started, eliminating much of the hassle found in running programs in other languages. The temptation will likely be to merely read the book. By jumping in and actually typing the examples you will learn a lot more than by just reading.
PYTHON IS BOOMING! IT IS THE TOP LANGUAGE BEING TAUGHT IN UNIVERSITIES. PYTHON DEVELOPERS ARE AMONG THE highest paid. With the boom in data science, Python is quickly becoming one of the most desired skills for analytics. Operations are also adopting Python to manage their backend systems. They are discovering what web developers using Python have known for a long time; namely, that Python will make you productive.
Python has crossed the tipping point. No longer are only small, agile startups relying on it. Looking to take advantage of its power and efficiency, enterprises have also converged on Python. Over the past year, I’ve taught Python to hundreds of seasoned developers with years of experience at large companies, who are moving to Python.
Python enables increased productivity. I came to Python as a Perl programmer. At work, I was assigned to a team with a co-worker who was well versed in Tcl. Neither of us wanted to jump ship though both of us were interested in learning Python. In 3 days our prototype was completed, much faster than we expected, and we both promptly forgot our previous “goto” language. What appealed to me about Python was that it fit my brain. I firmly believe if you have some experience in programming, you can learn the basics of Python in a few days.
Python is easy to learn. For beginning programmers, Python is a great stepping stone. Learning to write simple programs is pretty easy, yet Python also scales up to complex “enterprise” systems. Python also scales with age—I have personally seen people from 7-80+ learn basic programming skills using Python.
THIS BOOK WILL FOCUS ON PYTHON 3. PYTHON 2 HAS SERVED US WELL OVER THE YEARS. THE PYTHON SOFTWARE Foundation, which manages releases of the language, has stated that Python 2 is coming to an end. As such, after 2020 they will no longer support the language.
Python 3, has been out for a bit now and is somewhat backward incompatible with the 2 series. For green field development, you should move forward with Python 3. If you have legacy systems on Python 2, do not fret. In fact, most of the content in this book is perfectly applicable to Python 2. If you want to focus on Python 2, check out the prior version of this book.
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