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Expert Python Programming - Fourth Edition

By : Michał Jaworski, Tarek Ziadé
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Expert Python Programming - Fourth Edition

By: Michał Jaworski, Tarek Ziadé

Overview of this book

This new edition of Expert Python Programming provides you with a thorough understanding of the process of building and maintaining Python apps. Complete with best practices, useful tools, and standards implemented by professional Python developers, this fourth edition has been extensively updated. Throughout this book, you’ll get acquainted with the latest Python improvements, syntax elements, and interesting tools to boost your development efficiency. The initial few chapters will allow experienced programmers coming from different languages to transition to the Python ecosystem. You will explore common software design patterns and various programming methodologies, such as event-driven programming, concurrency, and metaprogramming. You will also go through complex code examples and try to solve meaningful problems by bridging Python with C and C++, writing extensions that benefit from the strengths of multiple languages. Finally, you will understand the complete lifetime of any application after it goes live, including packaging and testing automation. By the end of this book, you will have gained actionable Python programming insights that will help you effectively solve challenging problems.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
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Index

Packaging and distributing libraries

A software library is a reusable piece of code that can be used as a component of a larger application or another library. Libraries usually focus on solving limited sets of problems of a specific technical area, but there is no limit for library size. For the purpose of this chapter, we will consider frameworks to be libraries too. That's because frameworks also can be understood as components of an application, although on a larger and more generic scale.

Libraries in Python are distributed in the form of packages (or modules). We've been using them throughout the book already. Most of the packages that we've obtained from PyPI in previous chapters can in fact be considered libraries. Most of the open-source Python libraries are distributed through PyPI and that's why we will discuss this topic through the prism of distributing open-source packages.

You should know how to create packages even if you are not interested...