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As an open source, object-oriented programming language, Python is easy to understand, extendable, and user-friendly. This book covers every aspect of Python so that you can get started writing your own programs with Python today. Author James Payne begins with the most basic concepts of the Python language—placing a special focus on the 2.6 and 3.1 versions—and he offers an in-depth look at existing Python programs so you can learn by example. Topics progress from strings, lists, and dictionaries to classes, objects, and modules. With this book, you will learn how to quickly and confidently create a robust, reliable, and reusable Python application.
Introduces the concepts of variables for storing and manipulating data
Examines files and input/output for reading or writing data
Reviews examples of often-overlooked features of Python
Delves into writing tests for modules and programs
Addresses programming with a graphical user interface in Python
Places special focus on XML, HTML, XSL, and related technologies
Explains how to extend Python
Shares numerical programming techniques
Offers an inside look at Jython, a version of Python written in Java
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