Python is a general-purpose interpreted programming language used for web development, machine learning, and complex data analysis. Python is a perfect language for beginners as it is easy to learn and understand.
‘Python Crash Course’ by Eric Matthews is a fast-paced and comprehensive introduction to Python language for beginners who wish to learn Python programming and write useful programs. The book aims to get you up to speed fast enough and have you writing real programs in no time at all. This book is also for programmers who have a vague understanding of the language and wish to brush up their knowledge before trying their hands-on Python programming. As you work through the book, you learn the use of libraries and tools such as Numpy and matplotlib and work with data to create stunning visualizations. You also learn about the idea behind 2d games and Web applications and how to create them.
This 560 pages long book majorly dissects into two parts. The first part of the book discusses the basics of Python programming and sheds light on concepts such as dictionaries, lists, loops, and classes. You understand the working of a Python program and learn how to write clean and readable code, which creates interactive programs. The part ends with the topic of how to test your code before you add it to a project. The second part of the book follows a practical approach and help you test your knowledge by presenting three different projects, an arcade game, a simple web application and data visualizations using Python’s libraries.
‘Head-First Python’ by Paul Barry is a quick and easy fix for you if you wish to learn the basics of Python programming without having to slog through counterproductive tutorials and books. The book helps you in gaining a quick grasp of the fundamentals of Python programming and working with built-in functions and data structures. The book then moves to help you build your web application, exception handling, data wrangling, and other concepts. The head first Python makes use of a visual format rather than a text-based approach, helping you to see and learn better.
The author is Paul Barry, a lecturer at the Institute of Technology, Carlow, Ireland. Before entering the academic world, he worked for over a decade in the IT industry. He is the author of individual well-known programming books, such as Programming the Network with Perl, Head First Programming, and Head First Python.
‘Learn Python the Hard Way’ by Zed A. Shaw (3rd Edition) is a collection of 52 correctly collated exercises. You have to read the code and type it precisely. Once typed, you have to fix the mistakes in the code for a better understanding and watch the programs run. These exercises help you understand the working of the software, structure of a well-written program, and how to avoid and find common mistakes in code using some tricks that professional programmers have up their sleeves.
The book begins it all by helping you install a complete Python environment, which helps you in writing optimized code. The book then discusses various topics, such as basic mathematics, variables, strings, files, loops, program design, and data structures, among many others. The book is ideal for beginners who wish to learn Python programming through the crux of the language. The author is Zed A. Shaw, who is the creator of the Hard Way series, which includes books on C, Python, and Ruby programming language.
Python Programming’ by John Zelle is the third edition of the original Python programming book published in 2004, the second edition of which released in 2010. Instead of treating this book as a source of Python programming, it is recommended to take it as an introduction to the art of programming. This book introduces you to computer science, programming, and other concepts, only using Python language as the medium for beginners. The book discusses its contents in a style that is most suitable for beginners, who find the concepts in the book easy to understand and engaging.
The third edition of this hugely successful book follows the path paved by the first edition and continues to test students through a time-tested approach while teaching introductory computer science. The most notable change in this edition is the removal of nearly every use of python eval() library and the addition of a section that discusses its negatives. The latest version also uses new graphic examples.