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Learn Programming in Python with Cody Jackson

By : Cody Jackson
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Learn Programming in Python with Cody Jackson

By: Cody Jackson

Overview of this book

Python is a cross-platform language used by organizations such as Google and NASA. It lets you work quickly and efficiently, allowing you to concentrate on your work rather than the language. Based on his personal experiences when learning to program, Learn Programming in Python with Cody Jackson provides a hands-on introduction to computer programming utilizing one of the most readable programming languages–Python. It aims to educate readers regarding software development as well as help experienced developers become familiar with the Python language, utilizing real-world lessons to help readers understand programming concepts quickly and easily. The book starts with the basics of programming, and describes Python syntax while developing the skills to make complete programs. In the first part of the book, readers will be going through all the concepts with short and easy-to-understand code samples that will prepare them for the comprehensive application built in parts 2 and 3. The second part of the book will explore topics such as application requirements, building the application, testing, and documentation. It is here that you will get a solid understanding of building an end-to-end application in Python. The next part will show you how to complete your applications by converting text-based simulation into an interactive, graphical user interface, using a desktop GUI framework. After reading the book, you will be confident in developing a complete application in Python, from program design to documentation to deployment.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)

Lessons learned

Once the project is deemed complete, at least for this particular version, it is a good time to take a step back from programming and planning to review the project and see what went right and what went wrong.

For example, these are some of the things I have learned when writing the fuel farm scenario, in no particular order:

  • Don't try to write the parameters into docstrings until the project is done. Refactoring can cause items to change, such as eliminating getter/setter methods and replacing them with properties.
  • Write basic docstring summaries while coding, as it helps to clarify what a function/method/class is supposed to do. This helps to ensure that a function or method does only one thing, rather than trying to have multiple operations occurring.
  • Update version numbers each day. Even if not using a CI environment, it is helpful to provide a version...