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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


IDLE is the Python Integrated Development and Learning Environment. It is a windowed application and ships with Python. Figure A.2 shows IDLE in edit mode for the file in Appendix C containing the UniPoly class.

Python IDLE
Figure A.2: Python IDLE

You can start IDLE from the command line:

python -m idlelib

or from an applications menu or folder. Figure A.3 shows IDLE in my Microsoft Windows Start menu.

The Windows Start menu for Python
Figure A.3: The Windows Start menu for Python IDLE

IDLE operates either in interpreter mode with enhanced code editing or in file edit mode, as in Figure A.2. IDLE highlights syntax elements like comments, strings, punctuation, and keywords in different colors. It also automatically indents your code.

One important feature is debugging. IDLE allows you to walk step by step through your code.