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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

Downsides of using extensions

To be honest, I started my adventure with Python only because I was tired of all the difficulty of writing software in C and C++. In fact, it is very common that programmers start to learn Python when they realize that other languages do not deliver what their users need.

Programming in Python, when compared to C, C++, or Java, is a breeze. Everything seems to be simple and well designed. You might think that there are no places where you can trip over and there are no other programming languages required anymore.

And of course, nothing could be more wrong. Yes, Python is an amazing language with a lot of cool features, and it is used in many fields. But it doesn't mean that it is perfect and doesn't have any downsides. It is easy to understand and write, but this easiness comes with a price. It is not as slow as many people think but will never be as fast as C. It is highly portable, but its interpreter is not available on as many...