Python: Visual QuickStart Guide, 3rd Edition

Toby Donaldson

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Python: Visual QuickStart Guide, 3rd Edition

By Toby Donaldson
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This task-based tutorial on Python is for students new to the language and walks them through the fundamentals. They'll learn about arithmetic, strings, and variables; writing programs; flow of control, functions; strings; data structures; input and output; and exception handling. At the end of the book, a special section walks them through a longer, realistic application, tying the concepts of the book together.

Toby Donaldson is a senior lecturer in the School of Computer Science at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He has more than a dozen years of experience teaching programming and computer science to students of all levels. He has a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence and is still looking for ways to apply it to his robotic vacuum. When he is not teaching Python, he likes to juggle anything he can get his hands on.

Table of contents
  • Chapter 1 Introduction to Programming
  • Chapter 2 Arithmetic, Strings, and Variables
  • Chapter 3 Writing Programs
  • Chapter 4 Flow of Control
  • Chapter 5 Functions
  • Chapter 6 Strings
  • Chapter 7 Data Structures
  • Chapter 8 Input and Output
  • Chapter 9 Exception Handling
  • Chapter 10 Object-Oriented Programming
  • Chapter 11 Case Study: Text Statistics
  • Appendix A Popular Python Packages
  • Appendix B Comparing Python 2 and Python 3
  • Index