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Automate the Boring Stuff with Python: Practical Programming for Total Beginners Paperback – April 14, 2015
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|Automate the Boring Stuff with Python||Python Crash Course||Doing Math with Python||Black Hat Python||Python Playground||Gray Hat Python|
|User Experience Level||Beginners||Beginners||Readers who know Python basics||Intermediate||Experienced||Experienced|
|For readers who want to…||Use Python to automate tedious computer tasks||Get a fast-paced, thorough introduction to Python and create three substantial projects from scratch||Delve into high school-level math topics using Python||Write Python-based offensive security tools on the fly||Explore Python’s versatility with imaginative programming projects||Automate security tasks, discover vulnerabilities, and write their own hacking tools|
|Tools Covered||Regular Expressions, Requests, Beautiful Soup, OpenPyXL, PyPDF2, PyAutoGUI||PyGame, matplotlib, Pygal, Django||matplotlib, SymPy||Scapy, openCV, BurpSuite, ctypes, Paramiko, urllib2||matplotlib, Numpy, OpenGL, Pillow, Arduino, Raspberry Pi||PyDBG, Immunity Debugger, Sulley, IDA Python, PyEMU, PyDev, ctypes|
|Compatible with Python Version||Python 3||Python 2 & 3||Python 3||Python 2||Python 2 & 3||Python 2|
|Page Count||504 pp.||560 pp.||264 pp.||192 pp.||352 pp.||216 pp.|
"I’m having a lot of fun breaking things and then putting them back together, and just remembering the joy of turning a set of instructions into something useful and fun, like I did when I was a kid." —Wil Wheaton
"Do you need Automate the Boring Stuff with Python? Yes, if you want to enhance your workflow by using automation, this is an excellent place to start. Highly recommended."—Network World
About the Author
Al Sweigart is a software developer and teaches programming to kids and adults. He has written several Python books for beginners, including Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python, Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python, and Making Games with Python & Pygame.
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The book begins with the essential skills and concepts necessary to build a solid foundation in not only python, but programming in general. The introduction is thorough, easy to follow, and broken down with enough examples for even the newest of programmers to digest. Those who found Learn Python the Hard Way a little frustrating will like the much more broken down process used in this book.
But where this book stands out is the second part where you actially build useful tools you might need to use everyday. The author does a fantastic job of bridging the concepts and skills you learned earlier to real world applications, without skipping many of the important things other tutorials ignore like regex.
Whether it's organizing files, working with spreadsheets, or even sending e-mail and text messages, the book introduces programming concepts to the reader through real world applications they can build and use immediately. While programming puzzles and challenges are fun and necessary to an extent, there is little more satisfying to a new engineer than building something that can actually do something useful.
One of the biggest hurdles new programmers face is not knowing where to go or what to build after their introductions. Even more so, they do not know necessarily how to apply their new skills. For those more interested in day-to-day applications than building games, this is an amazing place to learn by building with python. I would recommend this for any new programmers, and even those who are interested in exploring what they can build with their foundation.
Python is a fantastic language for beginning programmers and Sweigart does a great job of explaining it. The only beef I had with it is that some of the humor in the book may interfere with comprehension. Humor is great to keep readers engaged and help prevent them from stressing out about stuff that can be intimidating, but there are a few times here where I felt the quality of explanation suffered a little to squeeze in a joke or geek-culture reference. Note that my complaint is minor enough to not warrant taking a star off of the rating.
The book's focus on automation in the second half is fantastic. Most other programming books that I have used are no where near as pragmatic and it's great to be able to apply your new knowledge to your own life immediately. I also recommend this book to anyone who has a boring job sitting in front of a computer all day. Learn to automate your tasks and do a month of work in a day.
Ignoring outdated modules in the examples, the author does a great job of explaining why python is important and gives so many ideas on how computing tasks can be greatly simplified, by accessing API's from software (like MS Office) that we use all of the time. This information provides an excellent foundation into python and the automation of tasks that make python such a powerhouse.
Overall, this is good book; the foundation is great, while the examples are below average due to the outdated functions used in the examples.
I have been a SA/Engineer for 9+ years and decided to move off of scripting in perl and bash and learn some python...
This is a beginner book, but having some knowledge of scripting/programming would allow you to progress through the book much quicker
If you're interested in learning python & want to avoid dry textbook learning, while learning real practical applications of programming, you'll enjoy this book intensely.