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Python Crash Course, 3rd Edition

A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to Programming
by Eric Matthes
October 2022, 552 pp.
ISBN-13: 
9781718502703
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Python Crash Course is the world’s best-selling guide to the Python guide programming language, with over 1,500,000 copies sold to date!

This fast-paced, thorough introduction to programming with Python will have you writing code, solving problems, and making cool projects that work in no time.

In the first half of the book, you’ll learn basic programming concepts, such as variables, lists, loops, and classes, and practice writing clean code with exercises for each topic. You’ll also learn how to make your programs interactive and test your code safely before adding it to a project. In the second half, you’ll put your new knowledge into practice with three substantial projects: a Space Invaders–inspired arcade game, a set of data visualizations with Python’s handy libraries, and a simple web app you can deploy online.

As you work through the book, you’ll learn how to:

  • Use powerful Python libraries and tools, including Pygame, Matplotlib, Plotly, and Django
  • Make 2D games that respond to keypresses and mouse clicks
  • Use data to generate interactive visualizations
  • Create and customize web apps and deploy them safely online
  • Deal with mistakes and errors so you can solve your own programming problems

This updated third edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect the latest in Python code and practices. The first half of the book includes improved coverage of topics like variables, handling errors, and object-oriented programming. In the second half, the code for the projects has been updated with current example data, better app deployment, and up-to-date libraries and tools, like Plotly, the Tailwind CSS framework, and the latest version of Django.

If you’ve been thinking about digging into programming, Python Crash Course will get you writing real programs fast. Why wait any longer? Start your engines and code!

Uses Python 3

Author Bio 

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.

Table of contents 

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

The chapters in red are included in this Early Access PDF.

Reviews 

Reviews for the 2nd Edition:

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Python Crash Course selected as one of the best books for learning Python by Real Python

"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 O’Reilly 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 you’re 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

"Brilliant."
—Anna Yukhtenko, Senior Games Analyst at Hutch

"I recommend this book to anyone learning python. It is my best resource so far."
—Firdaus H. Salim, @BetaScribbles

"The fastest way to learn Python."
—Learning Python, Youtuber

"Eric Matthes's passion for teaching really shines through . . . Clearly introduces every new concept."
—makes sense, YouTuber