What this book covers
Chapter 1, Numbers, Strings, and Tuples, will look at the different kinds of numbers, work with strings, use tuples, and use the essential built-in types in Python. We will also exploit the full power of the unicode character set.
Chapter 2, Statements and Syntax, will cover some basics of creating script files first. Then we'll move on to looking at some of the complex statements, including
Chapter 3, Function Definitions, will look at a number of function definition techniques. We'll also look at the Python 3.5
typing module and see how we can create more formal annotations for our functions.
Chapter 4, Built-In Data Structures Part 1 – Lists and Sets, will look at an overview of the various structures that are available and what problems they solve. From there, we can look at lists and sets in detail.
Chapter 5, Built-In Data Structures Part 2 – Dictionaries, will continue examining the built-in data structures, looking at dictionaries in detail. This chapter will also look at some more advanced topics related to how Python handles references to objects.
Chapter 6, User Inputs and Outputs, will explain how to use the different features of the
print() function. We'll also look at the different functions used to provide user input.
Chapter 7, Basics of Classes and Objects, will create classes that implement a number of statistical formulae.
Chapter 8, More Advanced Class Design, will dive a little more deeply into Python classes. We will combine some features we have previously learned about to create more sophisticated objects.
Chapter 9, Functional Programming Features, will examine ways Python can be used for functional programming. This will emphasize function definitions and stateless, immutable objects.
Chapter 10, Input/Output, Physical Format, and Logical Layout, will work with different file formats such as JSON, XML, and HTML.
Chapter 11, Testing, will give us a detailed description of the different testing frameworks used in Python.
Chapter 12, Web Services, will look at a number of recipes for creating RESTful web services and also serving static or dynamic content.
Chapter 13, Application Integration: Configuration, will start looking at ways that we can design applications that can be composed to create larger, more sophisticated composite applications.
Chapter 14, Application Integration: Combination, will look at ways that complications that can arise from composite applications and the need to centralize some features, such as command-line parsing.
Chapter 15, Statistical Programming and Linear Regression, will look at some basic statistical calculations that we can do with Python's built-in libraries and data structures. We'll look at the questions of correlation, randomness, and the