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Dancing with Python

By : Robert S. Sutor
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Dancing with Python

By: Robert S. Sutor

Overview of this book

Dancing with Python helps you learn Python and quantum computing in a practical way. It will help you explore how to work with numbers, strings, collections, iterators, and files. The book goes beyond functions and classes and teaches you to use Python and Qiskit to create gates and circuits for classical and quantum computing. Learn how quantum extends traditional techniques using the Grover Search Algorithm and the code that implements it. Dive into some advanced and widely used applications of Python and revisit strings with more sophisticated tools, such as regular expressions and basic natural language processing (NLP). The final chapters introduce you to data analysis, visualizations, and supervised and unsupervised machine learning. By the end of the book, you will be proficient in programming the latest and most powerful quantum computers, the Pythonic way.
Table of Contents (29 chapters)
Part I: Getting to Know Python
PART II: Algorithms and Circuits
PART III: Advanced Features and Libraries
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Appendix F: Production Notes

1.13 Summary

In my coding career, I have used dozens of programming languages and created several. [AXM] When I have a new problem to solve or am considering a new project, I research how languages have evolved and improved. For each language I investigate, I ask myself,

  • “can this language do what I have in mind?”,
  • “can this language do what I want better than the others?”, and
  • “what are the special features and idioms within the language that enable me to produce an elegant result?”.

This chapter introduced many of the ideas widely used today in languages for coding. It showed that you could think about features and functionality separately from what one specific language provides. In the next chapter, we get concrete and see how Python implements these and other concepts.