Python for Software Design
How to Think Like a Computer Scientistby Allen B. Downey
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A newer edition of this book is available with the title Think Python.
The focus is on the programming process, with special emphasis on debugging. The book includes a wide range of exercises, from short examples to substantial projects, so that students have ample opportunity to practice each new concept. Exercise solutions and code examples are available from this web site (links are in the book), along with Swampy, a suite of Python programs that is used in some of the exercises.
1. Preface; 2. The way of the program; 3. Variables, expressions and statements; 4. Functions; 5. Case study: interface design; 6. Conditionals and recursion; 7. Fruitful functions; 8. Iteration; 9. Strings; 10. Case study: word play; 11. Lists; 12. Dictionaries; 13. Tuples; 14. Case study: data structure selection; 15. Files; 16. Classes and objects; 17. Classes and functions; 18. Classes and methods; 19. Inheritance; 20. Case study: tkinter; Appendix 1: debugging.
This book is a substantially revised version of How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning with Python.
Other Free Books by Allen Downey are available from Green Tea Press.
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