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Beyond The Basic Stuff With Python


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Go from beginner programmer to Python programmer! Level up your skills to an intermediate level.

Table of Contents


Part I: Getting Started

1. Dealing with Errors and Asking for Help
2. Environmental Setup
3. Formatting with the Black Module

Part II: Best Practices, Tools, and Techniques
4. Choosing Useful Names
5. Finding Code Smells
6. Writing Pythonic Code
7. Programming Jargon
8. Common Python Gotchas
9. Esoteric Python Oddities
10. Crafting Effective Functions
11. Comments and Type Hints
12. Version Control with Git
13. Profiling Code

Part III: Practice Problems
14. Tower of Hanoi
15. Connect Four

Part IV: Readable Object-Oriented Programming
16. Classes and Objects
17. Inheritance
18. Pythonic Object-Oriented Programming


About the Author

Al Sweigart is a professional software developer who teaches programming to kids and adults. Sweigart has written several bestselling programming books for beginners, including Automate the Boring Stuff with Python, Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python, Coding with Minecraft, and Cracking Codes with Python (all from No Starch Press).


A great new book . . . Sweigart focuses on three major subjects: common difficulties in getting started (seeking help, setting up a work environment); best practices, tools, and techniques; and using object-oriented Python. The second section is the largest in the book . . . but each section can be read on its own. The book is all the more useful for collecting together between one pair of covers material that you would typically dig up from multiple resources.
--Serdar Yegulalp, InfoWorld

My early Python programs work but could be improved massively with what Al writes about . . . a small goldmine of knowledge that beginners, intermediates and probably even advanced programmers will benefit from.

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