Python Essentials

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  • Use Python interactively and master the art of writing efficient Python scripts
  • Learn techniques for working with string data, including how to use regular expressions to parse strings
  • Get to know how the short-circuit and if-else logic operators work
  • Explore mutable data structures including list, set, and dict
  • Define functions with positional and optional parameters, and learn to use keyword argument values when calling a function
  • Write generator functions, generator expressions, and comprehensions
  • Master the use of exceptions for handling errors and other unexpected conditions
  • Understand the importance of working with files, context manager, and the with statement

Python Essentials provides a vital tour of the most critical features of Python. Starting with setup and installation, you will soon dive into exploring built-in-library types, Python's rich collection of operators and built-in functions, variables, assignment and scoping rules.

From this foundation, you will explore functions, a crucial aspect of any programming language, including considerable sophistication in defining parameters to a function and providing argument values. Explore advanced functional programming using generator expressions, comprehensions, and generator functions. Handle file input and output using web services and context managers, exception handling and explore wider, popular frameworks.

Through this concise and practical guide, you will explore all you need to know to leverage this powerful, and industry-standard, programming language.

  • Learn the essentials of Python programming to get you up and coding effectively
  • Get up-to-speed with the most important built-in data structures in Python, using sequences, sets, and mappings
  • Explore typical use cases for various features in Python through this compact guide
Page Count 298
Course Length 8 hours 56 minutes
ISBN 9781784390341
Date Of Publication 29 Jun 2015


Steven F. Lott

Steven F. Lott has been programming since the 1970s, when computers were large, expensive, and rare. As a contract software developer and architect, he has worked on hundreds of projects, from very small to very large ones. He's been using Python to solve business problems for over 10 years. His other titles with Packt include Python Essentials, Mastering Object-Oriented Python, Functional Python Programming Second Edition, Python for Secret Agents, and Python for Secret Agents II. Steven is currently a technomad who lives in various places on the East Coast of the US. You can follow him on Twitter via the handle @s_lott.