Title: Head First Python (2010): A brain-friendly guide
Author: Paul Barry
Publishers: O’Reily Media, Inc.
The book helps you learn the python language through a unique method beyond syntax and how-to manuals. It also helps you to become a great python programmer.
- Used Book in Good Condition
- Barry, Paul (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 494 Pages - 11/01/2010 (Publication Date) - O'Reilly Media (Publisher)
The book helps you with learning python programming. You will learn the basics, working of built-in functions, and data structures in a unique way. The publication has released two editions till now and both of them are best sellers. Once you are done with the book, you will be able to create web apps, python programs, explore the exception handling, etc. The book has a visually rich content which engages your brain. Why waste time on text-heavy content while this multi-sensory learning is available.
Table of contents
The book has an introduction part and eleven chapters with various sub-headings. At the beginning of the book, there is a short summary of every chapter. The book is designed to engage multiple parts of your mind. The theory is explained with the codes written along with the reading. The reading is close to 490 pages but you will never be bored.
The book spans over 490 pages, with 11 chapters, and a supplementary section for more advanced topics. The first chapter explains how to install python on one’s computer. After you download python you will need an IDE (Integrated Development Environment).
The chapter also explains the command-line interface and how to operate it. Then comes the topic, that is, lists and functions. The second chapter shows how to use functions in python. This is one of the most important topics in the programming language.
The book re-invents the file handling and exception handling in the third chapter. The author himself is a great programmer and he has been doing it for at least 25 years. The author has made simple topics with the use of graphics. The next 2-3 chapters introduce more data structures to the reader. The topics are well-structured and clear.
If you know object-oriented programming then you will fly-through some last sections. The seventh chapter introduces the concept of a database and how to link it with python. You will learn about python’s DB-API. Creating a database, storing data, and equipping your Webapp with databases will become easy.
The last four chapters are based on mobile app development, managing data, scaling Webapp, and dealing with advanced complexity. Since mobile devices are getting more popular, a programmer must know how to use python in making things more mobile.
Handling the data is not an easy task. You must know how to accept data, access it, and manipulate it accordingly. The chapter will teach how to enhance your back-end data management services. The last two chapters deal with the wholesome of web apps and data wrangling.
Features of Head First Python:
- Make it visual: The author believes that the images create more impact on the learning. The students can recall and transfer the knowledge easily through visual aids. The students will solve problems with twice speed.
- Deep study: To invoke your brain to the content, there are challenges, thought-provoking exercises, innovative questions, and activities that involve both sides of your brain.
- Conversational and personalized style of writing: If an author uses first-person more, readers perform 40% better, according to a study. The formal tone might become a problem. The author uses a friendly, conversational, and story-telling style.
- Engagement: The book is designed in such a way that it engages you. Your brain pays attention to things that are not ordinary, interesting, strange, and unexpected texts.
Do you already know how to program in any other programming language? Do you wish to learn how to program in python? Do you prefer reading and implementing your learning rather than listen to a lecture?
If your answer to the questions is yes, then this book is for you. The brain is always craving for something unusual and this is that book. Enjoy reading and let your neurons fire electrical impulses.