- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 DVD/Paperback edition (January 2, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0137143419
- ISBN-13: 978-0137143412
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,399,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Python Fundamentals LiveLessons (Video Training) 1 DVD/Paperback Edition
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From the Author
Based on what I've seen from the reviews so far for the DVD, I'd like to clarify to prospective buyers that the intention/goal of the video is *not* a "show-me-do" style of on-screen hacking to teach you Python. Instead, it is a series of lectures based on my popular intensive "Intro+Intermediate Python" training course that I offer publicly several times a year (cyberwebconsulting.com).
About the Author
Wesley J. Chun, MSCS, is author of Prentice Hall's bestselling Core Python book series (corepython.com), the Python Fundamentals companion video lectures, coauthor of Python Web Development with Django (withdjango.com), and has written for Linux Journal, CNET, and InformIT. In addition to being a software architect and Developer Advocate at Google, he runs CyberWeb (cyberwebconsulting.com), a consulting business specializing in Python training and engineering. He has more than twenty-five years of programming, teaching, and writing experience, including more than a decade of Python. While at Yahoo!, he helped create Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! People Search using Python. He holds degrees in computer science, mathematics, and music from the University of California.
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make things move along faster. All the key into topic areas are covered here with clarity if not great depth. A good value.
If you prefer to watch a video of mostly slides with text on a blue background while the presenter narrates (yawn), and see very little actual video of live coding being done to illustrate the lessons or provide hands on step by step Python programming insight, then this is the product for you (yawn). Many lessons don't even have any video of programming in Python at all! The most coding you'll see is the narrator going through the interactive shell in Lesson 2 rushing through a "Demo" of interactive commands. After that, videos of the author actually doing something get progressively rarer. It's baffling why the author agreed to even do a "Live"Lessons video at all, or why the publisher would release it as a "Live"Lesson along with a misleading description.
On the other hand, why pay for something when there's no shortage of free Python videos of slide presentations on the Internet that are as equally theoretical and not particularly engaging or illustrative? But, if you insist on buying a Python video tutorial, then you'd be better off looking for LinuxCBT's Python scripting video which clearly shows what a live lesson is all about though it isn't cheap.
Python is an interesting language, and deserves better treatment than an uninspiring, overpriced slide show presentation sold as a "Live" Lesson. This might actually turn new programmers away from Python. I'd advise new programmers to search MIT University's website for an entire free video course introducing beginners to programming using Python as their first language.
The LiveLessons series are a bit of a hit and miss in quality, but future authors could benefit greatly by watching how Bill Jelen (Mr. Excel) does his LiveLessons videos. If LiveLessons ever covers Erlang or Clojure, I can only hope they'll use slides to only briefly introduce the theoretical topic, then actually show how a programmer implements the topic for illustration, passing along insights only an experienced developer could as he codes multiple practical examples of the theory.
It's called live LESSONS, but this is not video training at all, nor is it a course.
The title 'Python Fundamentals' is also very misleading. This is definitely NOT something that is suitable for beginners.
There are a few coding examples in the beginning, but they go very fast and any explanation is non-existant.
(I couldn't even complete the helloworld.py one from lesson 1, since I have no idea how to get IDLE to open a .py file from a location on my hard disk. There are NO instructions on how to do this).
I've watched and skimmed through half of it (despite extreme confusion from the start, I have no programming experience and only a limited understanding of the Python basics and terminology) and at best this seems to be a pocket reference in slide-show format.
Don't waste your money.