A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to Programming
"Learning python is a smart investment of your time because the language is efficient and powerful. This book will get you where you need to be to program like a pro." Sandra Henry-Stocker, NetworkWorld "Eric Matthes's Python Crash Course, 3rd Edition takes a well-regarded text for getting started with Python and brings it up to date for 2023. The book not only covers Python's basics but lets you put them to use in a series of projects involving data analysis, web development, and gaming. Many books offer either Python basics or projects to learn from. This one delivers both." Serdar Yegulalp, InfoWorld "Just looking at the fact that this is the 3rd Edition of Eric's book, you likely realize that there is something special about this . . . It's amazing that he gets all of [this] into 500+ pages and at the same time it's all understandable. . . . " Greg Walters, Full Circle Magazine Reviews for the 2nd Edition: "With a patient and experienced pedagogical style, and a combination of thorough language instruction and plenty of illustrative sample code, Python Crash Course is a terrific way to begin learning computer programming in general and the Python language in particular." Michael J. Ross, web developer and former Slashdot contributor It has been interesting to see, over the last few years, No Starch Press, which produces this book, growing and producing future classics that should be alongside the more traditional OReilly Press programming books. Python Crash Course is one of those books. Greg Laden, ScienceBlogs All of these projects are well thought out and presented in such a way that learning the subject matter and implementing it is much more an enjoyable pastime rather than an onerous task that must be completed. Eric took the time to deal with some rather complex projects and lay them out in a consistent, logical and pleasant manner that draws the reader into the subject willingly, which unfortunately, many authors fail to do. Full Circle Magazine The book is well presented with good explanations of the code snippets. It works with you, one small step at a time, building more complex code, explaining what's going on all the way. FlickThrough Reviews Learning Python with Python Crash Course was an extremely positive experience! A great choice if youre new to Python. Mikke Goes Coding "While Python Crash Course uses Python to teach you to code, it also teaches clean programming skills that apply to most other languages." Great Lakes Geek "It does what it says on the tin, and it does it really well. If you want a crash course in Python, fear not!!! The Python Crash Course is an excellent book that provides a thorough introduction to Python that will have you writing programs and solving problems in no time!" Technical YA, Best Books to Learn Python Language in 2021
Eric Matthes was a high school science, math, and programming teacher, now full-time author, living in Alaska. He has been writing programs since he was five years old and is the author of the Python Flash Cards, also from No Starch Press.
Preface to the Third Edition Acknowledgments Introduction Part I: BASICS Chapter 1: Getting Started Chapter 2: Variables and Simple Data Types Chapter 3: Introducing Lists Chapter 4: Working with Lists Chapter 5: if Statements Chapter 6: Dictionaries Chapter 7: User Input and while Loops Chapter 8: Functions Chapter 9: Classes Chapter 10: Files and Exceptions Chapter 11: Testing Your Code Part II: PROJECTS Chapter 12: A Ship That Fires Bullets Chapter 13: Aliens! Chapter 14: Scoring Chapter 15: Generating Data Chapter 16: Downloading Data Chapter 17: Working with APIs Chapter 18: Getting Started with Django Chapter 19: User Accounts Chapter 20: Styling and Deploying an App Afterword Appendix A: Installation and Troubleshooting Appendix B: Text Editors and IDEs Appendix C: Getting Help Appendix D: Using Git for Version Control Appendix E: Troubleshooting Deployments Index