Python Crash Course: A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to Programming

Python Crash Course: A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to Programming
By Eric Matthes

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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!

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #1139 in Books
  • Brand: No Starch Press
  • Published on: 2015-11-30
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.20" h x 1.50" w x 7.00" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 560 pages


  • No Starch Press

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About the Author

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.

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117 of 122 people found the following review helpful.
5Skip the giant python book with the animal on it and get this
By Henry David Thoreau
As a Data Scientist well versed in R, I'd been putting off learning to Python for quite some time. I purchased a course on Udemy which was good but encourage use of iPython notebook - a great program, but it doesn't scale well and takes too long.The Geany program the author recommends has a functional but ugly UI, so I elected to use Pycharm as an IDE.

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.

83 of 92 people found the following review helpful.
5Wow... An amazing intro to Python...
By MWahl
I have read multiple beginner guides to Python. I am currently up to chapter 11 in Python Crash Course. So far this is far and away my favorite Python programming book. The content is comprehensive, well-explained and well-curated. I only have one complaint and it is minor. The indentation on the online Kindle version is occasionally off. As a workaround, the author consistently points out where indentation is needed. Or you could stick with the paperback edition. On a side note, the age range states 10 and up. It may be a tad ambitious for a 10 year old. Especially since it covers topics such as Django.

I'll write again if my views change after having tackled the projects section. For now I recommend this book whole-heartedly. It is fantastic.

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful.
By James Pratt
I believe the best way to learn is to get hands on and try things for yourself. In colleges and even coding boot camps, they give you a boat load of information but don't break it down and tell you what you can do with it.

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.

Happy coding!

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