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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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Function Definitions

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We'll look at a number of function definition techniques in these recipes. This will include ways to handle flexible parameters and ways to organize the parameters based on some higher-level design principles.

We'll also look at the typing module and how we can create more formal annotations for our functions. We will start down the road toward using the mypy project to make more formal assertions about the data types in use.

In this chapter, we'll look at the following recipes:

  • Function parameters and type hints
  • Designing functions with optional parameters
  • Type hints for optional parameters
  • Using super flexible keyword parameters
  • Forcing keyword-only arguments with the...