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Python Fundamentals

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  • Use control statements
  • Manipulate primitive and non-primitive data structures
  • Use loops to iterate over objects or data for accurate results
  • Write encapsulated and succinct Python functions
  • Build Python classes using object-oriented programming
  • Manipulate files on the file system (open, read, write, and delete)

After a brief history of Python and key differences between Python 2 and Python 3, you'll understand how Python has been used in applications such as YouTube and Google App Engine. As you work with the language, you'll learn about control statements, delve into controlling program flow and gradually work on more structured programs via functions.

As you settle into the Python ecosystem, you'll learn about data structures and study ways to correctly store and represent information. By working through specific examples, you'll learn how Python implements object-oriented programming (OOP) concepts of abstraction, encapsulation of data, inheritance, and polymorphism. You'll be given an overview of how imports, modules, and packages work in Python, how you can handle errors to prevent apps from crashing, as well as file manipulation.

By the end of this book, you'll have built up an impressive portfolio of projects and armed yourself with the skills you need to tackle Python projects in the real world.

  • A comprehensive introduction to the world of Python programming
  • Paves an easy-to-follow path for you to navigate through concepts
  • Filled with over 90 practical exercises and activities to reinforce your learning
Page Count 324
Course Length 9 hours 43 minutes
ISBN 9781789807325
Date Of Publication 31 Oct 2018


Ryan Marvin

Ryan Marvin is a software developer with extensive experience in Python. He has also worked with JavaScript and a bit of PHP. He has built web scrapers, built APIs, and worked on frontend apps using React and Angular. In his own time, he works on mobile applications and likes to contribute to open source. Currently, he is working with Andela and specializes in building smart water grid software for one of their partners. You can follow him on GitHub (https://github.com/RyanSept/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/_ryanmarvin), and LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-marvin-3436184b/).

Mark Ng’ang’a

Mark Ng'ang'a is a software developer who specializes in web technologies. He has a bachelor's degree in computer science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya. He has been programming for 6 years in Python, PHP, and JavaScript. Mark runs a software development and consultancy fim, Builtapp Ltd., that designs, plans, and builds software solutions for diverse business needs. You can follow him on GitHub (https://github.com/maquchizi), Twitter (https://twitter.com/maquchizi), and LinkedIn (https://ke.linkedin.com/in/marknganga).

Amos Omondi

Amos Omondi is a software developer, who specializes in building applications for the web. He has a bachelor's degree in computer science from Kenyatta University, Kenya. He has several years of experience working with Python, and he has dabbled in languages such as PHP, Java, C, and built products using the MEAN stack. You can follow him on GitHub (https://github.com/amos-o) and LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amosomondi/).