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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)

Structuring code

Before we get too far into this chapter, we really need to cover the most obvious and special feature of Python: indentation. Python forces the user to program in a structured format. Code blocks are determined by the amount of indentation used; this is frequently referred to as "white space matters". In many other C-based languages, brackets and semicolons are used to show code grouping or end-of-line termination. Python doesn't require those; indentation is used to signify where each code block starts and ends. In this section is an example of how white space works in Python (line numbers are added for clarification). The following code shows how white space is significant:

1  x = 1 
2  if x:  # if x is True... 
3       y = 2  # process this line 
4       if y:  # if y is True... 
5           print("x = true, y = true")  # process this...