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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)

if...else statements

One of the most common control structures you'll use, and run into in other programs, is the if...else conditional block. Simply put, the program asks a yes or no question; depending on the answer, different things happen.

If you've programmed in other languages, the if...else statement works the same way. The key difference is that, in Python, the elseif statement is written as elif for checking multiple conditions, as shown in following screenshot:

Using if...else statements

In the preceding example, the preference() function is used to hold the main code logic; functions are explained in Chapter 4, Functions and Object Oriented Programming, in the Working with functions section. The input() function prints the string within parentheses to the user (normally a question), and accepts the user's input, and that input is assigned to the answer...