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Hello! Python Paperback – February 23, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1935182085 ISBN-10: 1935182080 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (February 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935182080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935182085
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anthony Briggs first started programming on the Commodore 64 back in 1984 and has been a Python programmer since early 2000. He's currently working for Ramble Communications in Melbourne, Australia. Previously, he worked on a core booking system for a travel firm in Australia and Canada, eventually becoming lead developer overseeing the entire project.


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Not sure if a beginner is supposed to digest this.
Reader
No Python 3, one chapter on Pyglet that was lacking, and 400 pages I can't utilize as a reference.
Papa Bear
The preface really had me excited with its promise of being "not just another dull intro book".
D. Walker

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Walker on June 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
The preface really had me excited with its promise of being "not just another dull intro book". Unfortunately, there's nothing 'intro' about this book. By the end of the second chapter the examples become extremely confusing for someone with no programming experience.

I think that the author was striving for examples that did more than print out "hello world!". Unfortunately, he chose examples that highlighted the complexity associated with any computer language syntax. Combine that with ultra brief explanations of what the reader is seeing, and you get a book with an extremely high frustration rate.

Result = me giving up and moving on to other books

My alternative recommendations

1) Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner, 3rd Edition Michael Dawson

Offers a very gentle intro with all of the syntax explained right there in the book.

2) Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science 2nd Edition John Zelle

Offers an intro college course exposure
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Card on May 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Briggs fun and informative approach until page 47 when the coding exercises unexpectedly morphed into an unpleasant struggle to make sense of the subject matter and not loose sight of the real reason for purchasing the book in the first place which was to learn Python.

I threw in the towel by page 52 out of frustration along with knowing first hand there are better books out there which squarely place the focus on teaching the language rather than forcing the reader to debug poorly constructed and ill presented examples.

I highly recommend the following books:

1. Think Python: An Introduction to Software Design**, by Allen Downey
2. Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science (second edition)**, by John M. Zelle

**Free and available in PDF from the Internet.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reader on June 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
The book is intented for absolute beginners but many concepts are so poorly explained that it is hard to understand. The first program already contains an intended bug. Somewhat frustrating if you type in first in the listing, you want to run your first program and it doesn't work. You should have actually continued to the next section to find out that there is a bug! The pace of progress is amazing: Chapter 2 (after the installation chapter) is about variables, if statements, loops, lists and functions. Not sure if a beginner is supposed to digest this. I also tried chapter 3 but then stopped and used another book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Papa Bear on June 15, 2012
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As an advocate for python programming, I had high hopes for this book.
However, all I can say is that I am just very disappointed.
I waited almost two years and didn't get the material that was advertised and promised - you can read my post called "Delayed" noted below.
No Python 3, one chapter on Pyglet that was lacking, and 400 pages I can't utilize as a reference.

The Good: It's a good introduction to some of the more popular libraries available for python. The topics of testing and user exceptions are really good, but those doesn't justify reading the full text. I appreciate the building block approach of developing a program and making it better (Hunt the Wumpus). The best point is that Anthony Briggs shows Python's ability to work on Windows, Mac, and Linux

The Bad: It's really an introduction intermediate book vs a beginner book. Like the other reviews have mentioned, this book doesn't cover Python syntax. As noted above, he wrote the book using Python 2.6 vs. 3.X which is unacceptable. The author expects the reader to use the Help command to figure things out. Because the reader hasn't been taught python commands and syntax, the program breakout formations are difficult to comprehend unless you have some previous background with python programming. The explanation of Classes is just not good at all. The chapters are extremely long without break points and the comics don't really help enough to keep up the interest level. Finally, the topic flow and doesn't really make sense

The Ugly: The author admits that he "borrows" and "steals" ideas and code that the reader could Google (which I recommend).
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Stok on March 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Hello! Python" is a great read. It looks good for both new programmers to learn about programming, and people familiar with another programming language to learn Python. The tone and pace of the book are pleasant and light, yet Anthony Briggs manages to cover a lot of useful ground in less then 400 pages. If you want an introduction to programming, Python, or both then it's worth looking at this book.

The examples start out simply, and each chapter leaves you feeling that something has been accomplished. As the book progresses Briggs digs into some of the libraries and techniques which help the programmer deal with real problems more quickly and effectively. He slips in hints about problem solving, structuring programs, and debugging without letting the fun and discovery get bogged down. He takes a tour through some big frameworks, and carries his main example to an interesting conclusion, hopefully with the reader keen to keep playing with it.

By the end of the book the reader should have a good idea of how to write programs in Python, what sort of help is available in terms of external libraries, places to look for further inspiration on-line and in real life.
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