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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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Packaging applications and services for the web

The distribution of software is a process that traditionally requires two parties. Someone (the distributor) has to make the software release available to be consumed. In the past, it required physical mediums like floppy disk or CD, but nowadays it is usually done through the internet. Someone else (the consumer) needs to consciously obtain the software and install it on their own computer. It's not always the same for software updates as many applications offer automated updates. Still, these updates usually require the user's consent in order to be installed.

With the advent of Software as a Service (SaaS), less and less software is distributed in a form that would allow it to be installed on the user's own computer. We see that classic programs are gradually being replaced by their SaaS counterparts:

  • Traditional desktop applications are being replaced with web-based software
  • Traditional software...