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Modern Python Cookbook - Second Edition

By : Steven F. Lott
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Modern Python Cookbook - Second Edition

By: Steven F. Lott

Overview of this book

Python is the preferred choice of developers, engineers, data scientists, and hobbyists everywhere. It is a great language that can power your applications and provide great speed, safety, and scalability. It can be used for simple scripting or sophisticated web applications. By exposing Python as a series of simple recipes, this book gives you insight into specific language features in a particular context. Having a tangible context helps make the language or a given standard library feature easier to understand. This book comes with 133 recipes on the latest version of Python 3.8. The recipes will benefit everyone, from beginners just starting out with Python to experts. You'll not only learn Python programming concepts but also how to build complex applications. The recipes will touch upon all necessary Python concepts related to data structures, object oriented programming, functional programming, and statistical programming. You will get acquainted with the nuances of Python syntax and how to effectively take advantage of it. By the end of this Python book, you will be equipped with knowledge of testing, web services, configuration, and application integration tips and tricks. You will be armed with the knowledge of how to create applications with flexible logging, powerful configuration, command-line options, automated unit tests, and good documentation.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
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Defining the card model

In several of these recipes, we'll look at a web service that emits playing cards from either a deck or a shoe. This means we'll be transferring the representation of Card objects.

This is often described as Representational State Transfer – REST. We need to define our class of objects so we can create a useful representation of the state of each Card instance. A common representation is JSON notation.

It might be helpful to think of this as recipe zero. This data model is based on a recipe from Chapter 7, Basics of Classes and Objects. We'll expand it here in this chapter and use it as a foundation for the remaining recipes in this chapter. In the GitHub repo for this chapter, this recipe is available as

Getting ready

We'll rely on the Card class definition from the Using dataclasses for mutable objects recipe in Chapter 7, Basics of Classes and Objects. We'll also rely on JSON notation. We looked...