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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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There are common programming features that are found in many programming languages regardless of the dominant programming paradigm. One such feature is enumerated types that have a finite number of named values. They are especially useful for encoding a closed set of values for variables or function arguments.

One of the special handy types found in the Python Standard Library is the Enum class from the enum module. This is a base class that allows you to define symbolic enumerations, similar in concept to the enumerated types found in many other programming languages (C, C++, C#, Java, and many more) that are often denoted with the enum keyword.

In order to define your own enumeration in Python, you will need to subclass the Enum class and define all enumeration members as class attributes. The following is an example of a simple Python enum:

from enum import Enum
class Weekday(Enum):
    MONDAY = 0
    TUESDAY = 1
    THURSDAY = 3