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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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What you need for this book

All you need to follow through the examples in this book is a computer running any Python 3.8.5 or newer. Some of the examples can be adapted to work with Python 3 versions prior to 3.8. A number of examples are specific to Python 3.8 features.

It's often easiest to install a fresh copy of Python. This can be downloaded from An alternative is to start with Miniconda ( and use the conda tool to create a Python 3.8 (or newer) environment.

Python 2 cannot easily be used any more. Some Linux distributions and older macOS releases included a version of Python 2. It should be thought of as part of the operating system, and not a general software development tool.