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Guide to Programming with Python 1st Edition
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I love the author for this book, but the publisher should be shot.
Go pick up the absolute beginner version and saves yourself $60.
If it hadn't been the same book, I would happily given it 5 stars.
What really annoys me, though, is that Chapters 11 and 12 about games are essentially unusable. The code examples in Chapters 11 and 12 are based on an author-modified version of the LiveWires package that is included with the book. That's fine except that the mods are based on an obsolete version of LiveWires, and there appears to be no download site with a newer version of the author's package. That means that in order to learn useful information from Chapters 11 and 12, the student must commit indefinitely to an obsolete version of LiveWires! The lack of a download site is unacceptable and infuriating in this day and age. Chapters 11 and 12 might as well not be included with the book, which is ridiculous as so much of Python development is game-related.
One note of caution, on two different fronts... As another reviewer has observed, there is another book by the same author, called "Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner", that has almost exactly the same contents as this one, and is much cheaper. If you are considering buying this book for your own personal use, the other reviewer's suggestion to purchase that book instead and save yourself some money is spot on. HOWEVER, if you are making this purchase to satisfy a textbook requirement for a university course, that other book probably will not do. Unfortunately, there are some differences in the end-of-chapter "projects" that will more than likely be used by your professor as class assignments, and if you get the other book you won't have the right assignments to work on and turn in. So if this is to be your textbook for a college class, you probably have to purchase this more expensive edition.Read more ›
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I really enjoyed this book. It did a great job of teaching the basics of Python and also added a bit of humor. Enjoy!Published on September 20, 2013 by Rachel
I learned a ton from this book. It give great hands on and practical examples which can be used anywhere and everywhere in most applications.Published on November 20, 2012 by Kristaulf