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The Well-Grounded Python Developer

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See: The Well-Grounded Python Developer, by Doug Farrell, 2021, 1617297441 (WlGrPD)

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About the Technology:

Python is the perfect language for beginning programmers. It is easy to learn, with tons of helpful libraries and tools. Better still, it doesn’t run out of steam when you want to create more advanced applications for web development or machine learning. Once you’ve mastered the syntax of simple Python scripts, it can be a challenge to progress to more ambitious projects. This book helps you on that path.

About This Book:

When you’re new to Python, it can be tough to understand where and how to use its many language features. There’s a dizzying array of libraries, and it’s challenging to fit everything together. The Well-Grounded Python Developer builds on Python skills you’ve learned in isolation and shows you how to unify them into a meaningful whole. As you work through this practical guide, you’ll discover how all the bits of the Python ecosystem connect as you build and modify a typical web server application.

  • Building modules of functionality
  • Creating a well-constructed web server application
  • Using REST to present data dynamically to a user
  • Refactor and decoupling systems to help scale them
  • How to think about the big picture of your application

The Well-Grounded Python Developer teaches you how to write real software in Python by building on the basic language skills you already have. Veteran developer Doug Farrell helps you see the big picture you can create out of small pieces, introducing concepts like modular construction, APIs, and the design of a basic web server. Throughout the book, you’ll practice your skills by building a blogging platform—the kind of web app that’s in high demand by modern businesses. When you’re finished, you’ll have gone from having a basic understanding of Python’s syntax, grammar, and libraries to using them as the tools of a professional software developer.

Reviews:

“I would consider this book a bible of sorts, offering something to every level of Python developer.” — Lee Harding

About the Author:

Doug Farrell has been developing software since 1983, and has worked with Python for over 20 years.

Book Details:

  • ASIN: 1617297441
  • ISBN-10: 1617297441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-617297441
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1st edition, 2021
  • Paperback: 375 pages

Table of Contents:

Brief Contents:

1 Becoming a Pythonista

2 Your Python Environment

3 Names and Namespaces

4 Application Programmers Interface

5 Object-Oriented Coding

6 Exception Handling

7 Web Servers

8 Your First Web Server

9 Your Second Web Server

10 REST: An API Convention

11 Your Third Web Server

12 Persisting Data

13 Persisting the Mini-Blog to a Database

14 Your Fourth Web Server

15 Thinking Big Picture

16 Conclusion

Preface:

“The goal of this book is to take you past beginning Python programming to the point where you think and feel like a software developer. Where the syntax and grammar of Python are not only comfortable for you but become the tools of a craftsman. With these tools you’ll be able to take on bigger and more complex projects.” (WlGrPD)

“I first discovered Python when I moved from the world of Windows development to the Linux environment. I was an accomplished C/C++ developer, but was interested in learning the scripting languages available in Linux. Fortunately, I came across Python because of its strong support for Object Oriented Programming, which I enjoyed in C++. Since then I’ve never looked back, and Python has become my primary language.” (WlGrPD)

“There are a lot of beginner Python books, Python cookbooks and reference titles, and many of them are very good. To get the most from this book you should be past the beginner level and comfortable with Python. My hope is this book provides a middle ground that gives you more context about how and why you should take certain paths when developing a program.” (WlGrPD)

“You’ll take the loops, conditionals and statements you know now and create larger constructs to handle bigger programming challenges. You’ll learn some conventions and patterns that will reduce the cognitive load on you solving smaller syntactic issues and begin to think how to solve the big picture problems. How the tools you have, and will learn about, can be combined to take goal from problem to solution.” (WlGrPD)

“The book does this by taking you along on a development journey to build a web application providing a simple blogging platform. While I think that’s an interesting application to build, the creation of that application isn’t the end goal of the book. The journey is far more important, the ideas and implementation of those ideas as code, is the real value. The chapters progress and build on the previous ones to illustrate why certain choices were made, and how those choices can be altered and improved as more is learned later in the book.” (WlGrPD)

“As developers we are at an interesting place in the history of the industry. Engineering standards are as important in software development as they are in other disciplines. However, the pace of change in the software world changes those standards as well and provides an opportunity for a great deal of craftsmanship and artistry from a developer. Python gives you a powerful palette of tools to express that.” —Doug Farrell (WlGrPD)

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