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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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Not that new, but still shiny

Every Python release brings something new. Some changes are real revelations; they greatly improve the way we can program and are adopted almost instantly by the community. The benefits of other changes, however, may not be obvious at the beginning and they may require a little more time to really take off.

We've seen this happening with function annotations that were part of Python from the very first 3.0 release. It took years to build an ecosystem of tools that would leverage them. Now, annotations seem almost ubiquitous in modern Python applications.

The core Python developers are very conservative about adding new modules to the standard library and we rarely see new additions. Still, chances are that you will soon forget about using the graphlib or zoneinfo modules if you don't have the opportunity to work with problems that require manipulating graph-like data structures or the careful handling of time zones. You may have already...