Get A functional start to computing with Python PDF

By Ted Herman

ISBN-10: 1466504552

ISBN-13: 9781466504554

A practical begin to Computing with Python allows scholars to speedy research computing with no need to exploit loops, variables, and item abstractions initially. Requiring no previous programming event, the ebook attracts on Python’s versatile information varieties and operations in addition to its capability for outlining new services. besides the specifics of Python, the textual content covers vital techniques of computing, together with software program engineering motivation, algorithms at the back of syntax principles, complicated sensible programming principles, and, in short, finite nation machines.

Taking a student-friendly, interactive method of educate computing, the ebook addresses more challenging thoughts and abstractions later within the textual content. the writer provides considerable causes of knowledge forms, operators, and expressions. He additionally describes comprehensions―the strong necessities of lists and dictionaries―before introducing loops and variables. This method is helping scholars higher comprehend project syntax and new release by means of giving them a psychological version of refined info first.

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The book’s supplementary site at http://functionalfirstpython.com/ presents many ancillaries, including:

  • Interactive flashcards on Python language elements
  • Links to additional help for every chapter
  • Unit trying out and programming exercises
  • An interactive Python stepper tool
  • Chapter-by-chapter issues
  • Material for lectures

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Second, the sequence of steps controlled by looping and jumping require that a student build a “mental model” of Python’s computing behavior. Having a mental model is a road map to understanding and predicting how programs will behave when they run. This aspect of Python is also postponed to later chapters. Rather than introduce these known difficulties early, we examine first a more calculational style of using the language. Fortunately, Python has an interactive “calculator” mode (the REPL, or read-eval-print loop) for experimenting and learning.

A few other ways Python programs may run depend on the kind of operating system. Especially for Unix/Linux, Python is called a scripting language. You can actually extend the vocabulary of system commands available from a console using Python programs; this kind of new command is a script . Again, there is nothing really special about a script, it is just a text file containing Python programming language commands and definitions. It is also possible that a program you write may be launched by clicking on an icon in a folder or on the desktop, but this is a more advanced topic that depends on system details.

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