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Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner 1st Edition
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This book is for the real beginner. If you know anything at all about python don't buy this book (consider LEARNING PYTHON, by Lutz and Asher). If you know something about programming, but nothing about python then don't buy this book (consider PYTHON CORE PROGRAMMING by Wesley Chun). If you are a Pythonista already, then stop reading. For all the rest of you I recommend PYTHON PROGRAMMING by Dawson. It will provide the most gentle introduction to programming in general, and python specifically, that you will find anywhere. Dawson is an excellent writer. This book is NOT the typical massive "programmer's bible," but rather, a slim primer - the basics. Dawson will take you by the hand and lead you down the garden path. Work through the easy exercises and play with the programs on the CD. At the end of the path you should be pleasantly surprised at how easily you learned the rudiments of a powerful computer language. You'll have all the knowledge needed to move on to Wesley Chun's enormous tutorial or the slim, but dense LEARNING PYTHON.
The book's cover says "for the absolute beginner" and I can't emphasize enough that this book is really for the programmer neophyte. I'd recommend it to any of my computer phobic friends.Read more ›
The book is clear, well-written and won't put you to sleep like many other technical books. The author knows how to teach and keep things interesting. And while the book is entertaining, it still covers the Python basics, including:
* Lists, Tuples and Dictionaries
* Classes (including new-style classes)
But the book goes beyond the fundamentals to cover more advanced topics that most other intro to Python books don't, including:
* Program Design
* Object-Oriented Programming
* GUI Programming
* Multimedia Programming (including graphics, sound and animation)
If you're already a programming whiz, with years of coding experience and mutlti-language fluency, then this book may be too basic for you. In that case, I recommend the Python Visual Quick Start Guide. It's aimed at readers with a solid programming background. And while it doesn't have extensive OOP coverage, it will get an expert programmer up and running with the Python fast.
Finally, once you've got some Python experience, I highly recommend Python in a Nutshell to take you from Python programmer to Python guru.
Hope this helps you on your Pythonic journey!
Even though Learning Python 2nd edition seemed to be the most popular, there was something about it I didn't like while reading the index. Then I saw this book, read the index, the reviews (even though only 4) can't lie, and if this book was more popular this column would be full of 100 5 star reviews undoubtedly.
After only a week, I am writing programs that would have caused me to quit a week ago if he had said I have to write such and such a program by a certain time.
You don't have to go as fast as me, you can take your time, I am just putting in a lot of hours.
Anyway, what I found good about this book, is he explains each line of code while introducing a new topic/technique/syntax etc... And the progression of topics combined with learning is excellent. At the end of every chapter you are given 4 challenge programs to write on your own to put into practice mainly what you learned in the chapter. This helps you put into practicality what you read and see if you really know what method or code you need to write the program.
Like the book says, at times you will be challenged but never overwhelmed. This book is true to topic. It is for the absolute beginner, if you have NEVER programmed before this book is for you. It holds your hand if it has to, and you can walk on your own soon. It is a solid introduction to Python.Read more ›
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Downloaded the pdf (which is free) older (first or second edition)version of this book. Liked the way it presented learning Python; (simple, and easy) slowly! Read morePublished 13 months ago by jaffreytech
This book starts at the very beginning. If you have some experience, I'd recommend looking elsewhere. Also, the emphasis is writing programs for games and such. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gabriel Peterson
I'm very disappointed solely because I chose to save a few dollars and purchase the kindle version of this title. Read morePublished on March 1, 2011 by Eric
Great book for beginning programmers. I bought this for my son's 12th birthday. He sat right down and started to work-loves it! Very user friendly and easy to understand.Published on November 11, 2008 by T. C. Ball
I am learning Python in order to make computer games so the examples in this book are exactly what I was looking for. Read morePublished on December 8, 2007 by Kate
The only prior programming I had before this book was that of using SQL (very simple compared to `regular' languages since it's a query language). Read morePublished on August 14, 2006 by Jason Mcgovern
This is a great way to get started in python, but you're definitely gonna need a follow up book if you want to get real work done. Still it covers the basics very well. Read morePublished on July 26, 2006 by Corey Woodworth
Years ago I wanted to learn programming, but all the books about programming were as interesting as my math school books so I lost the will to learn until I saw this book. Read morePublished on March 30, 2006 by Marijan
I learned Python in three months using this book. I don't usually post reviews but felt the need to do so because of another reviewer's claim that this book is only for windows... Read morePublished on December 3, 2005 by J. Thomas