Getting Started with Python

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  • Use data structures and control flow to write code
  • Use functions to bundle together a sequence of instructions
  • Implement objects in Python by creating classes and defining methods
  • Design public interfaces using abstraction, encapsulation and information hiding
  • Raise, define, and manipulate exceptions using special error objects
  • Create bulletproof and reliable software by writing unit tests
  • Learn the common programming patterns and algorithms used in Python

This Learning Path helps you get comfortable with the world of Python. It starts with a thorough and practical introduction to Python. You’ll quickly start writing programs, building websites, and working with data by harnessing Python's renowned data science libraries. With the power of linked lists, binary searches, and sorting algorithms, you'll easily create complex data structures, such as graphs, stacks, and queues. After understanding cooperative inheritance, you'll expertly raise, handle, and manipulate exceptions. You will effortlessly integrate the object-oriented and not-so-object-oriented aspects of Python, and create maintainable applications using higher level design patterns. Once you’ve covered core topics, you’ll understand the joy of unit testing and just how easy it is to create unit tests.
By the end of this Learning Path, you will have built components that are easy to understand, debug, and can be used across different applications.
This Learning Path includes content from the following Packt products:

  • Learn Python Programming - Second Edition by Fabrizio Romano
  • Python Data Structures and Algorithms by Benjamin Baka
  • Python 3 Object-Oriented Programming by Dusty Phillips
  • Turn your designs into working software by learning the Python syntax
  • Write robust code with a solid understanding of Python data structures
  • Understand when to use the functional or the OOP approach
Page Count 722
Course Length 21 hours 39 minutes
ISBN 9781838551919
Date Of Publication 27 Feb 2019


Fabrizio Romano

Fabrizio Romano holds a master's degree in computer science engineering from the University of Padova. He is also a certified scrum master, Reiki master and teacher, and a member of CNHC. He moved to London in 2011 to work for companies, such as Glasses Direct and TBG/Sprinklr. He now works at Sohonet as a principal engineer/team lead. He has given talks on Teaching Python and TDD at two editions of EuroPython, and at Skillsmatter and ProgSCon in London.

Benjamin Baka

Benjamin Baka is a full-stack software developer and is passionate about cutting-edge technologies and elegant programming techniques. He has 10 years in different technologies, from C++, Java, Ruby, Python to Qt. Some of the projects he's working on can be found on his GitHub page. He is currently working on exciting technologies all from the camp of mPedigree Network.

Dusty Phillips

Dusty Phillips is a Canadian software developer and author currently living in New Brunswick. He has been active in the open source community for two decades and has been programming in Python for nearly as long. He holds a master's degree in computer science and has worked for Facebook, the United Nations, and several start-ups. He's currently researching privacy-preserving technology at

Python 3 Object-Oriented Programming was his first book. He has also written Creating Apps in Kivy, and self-published Hacking Happy, a journey to mental wellness for the technically inclined. A work of fiction is coming as well, so stay tuned!