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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 C: The Complete UniPoly Class
Appendix D: The Complete Guitar Class Hierarchy
Appendix F: Production Notes

6.3 Naming conventions

In section 2.4.1, I gave the rules for Python identifiers. These include variables, function names, and parameters. In brief, you may use lowercase and uppercase letters, digits, and underscores, but you cannot begin an identifier with a digit.

These rules prescribe how you can name an identifier, but not what you should use as a name. Naming conventions help you make that choice.

If you look through Python packages, you will see several conventions in use, especially if you go back to parts of the library that have been around for many years. If you are extending a module, you should probably follow its conventions. Similarly, your organization may have its own rules.

The source of naming convention “truth” is PEP 8 – Style Guide for Python Code, from the Python Software Foundation, though usage may vary as I described above. [PEP008] In this section, I...