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On top of that, the book is extremely well done for its intended audience, people without experience with cryptography and/or programming. With no background in either subject this book will take you through the steps to become able to tackle works with greater depth and complexity in either or both subjects. What I would not give to be able to transport this book back in time for my five year old self!
Compound the well done nature of the book with the fact that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the book is donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Creative Commons, and the Tor project means that one can feel their purchase is supporting worthy causes.
He avoids repeating basic tutorials by incorporating by-chapter specific needs. This is good news if you've already worked through a beginner-level book or two and don't want to pay for the same lessons over and over again.
This was the first time fully understand "__main__" despite having it "explained" in other books. Again, Sweigart is a natural teacher.
I liked having all the code together at the start of the chapter and then breaking it down block-by-block afterwards. This is different than how most books handle introducing programs, where they dribble it out line by line, and I greatly prefer Sweigart's approach in retrospect.
The history of the various ciphers is very interesting and enjoyable. I appreciated being able to learn so much about cryptography as well as Python. If you liked this, I would recommend "Mysterious Messages" by Gary Blackwood. There is no coding involved, but the easily-accessible history of cryptography greatly compliments this book.
Finally, this is a gorgeous book, larger than I expected and very well done inside and out. Hard to believe it was self-published.
So easy to read and understand.
It breaks down and helps you learn to code, while feeling like you are creating and applying your skills something meaningful. Plus you learn a lot about cryptography.
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Good for beginners!
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