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Modern Python Cookbook - Second Edition

By : Steven F. Lott
Book Image

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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Some design problems involve solving a simple equation for one unknown when given enough known values. For example, rate, time, and distance have a simple linear relationship. We can solve any one when given the other two.

Here are the three rules that we can use as an example:

  • d = r × t
  • r = d / t
  • t = d / r

When designing electrical circuits, for example, a similar set of equations is used based on Ohm's Law. In that case, the equations tie together resistance, current, and voltage.

In some cases, we want to provide a simple, high-performance software implementation that can perform any of the three different calculations based on what's known and what's unknown. We don't want to use a general algebraic framework; we want to bundle the three solutions into a simple, efficient function.

Getting ready

We'll build a single function that can solve a Rate-Time...