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Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science, 2nd Ed.


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Author: John Zelle

Copyright: 2010

Binding: Paperback

Page Count: 432

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This is the second edition of John Zelle's Python Programming, updated for Python 3. This book is designed to be used as the primary textbook in a college-level first course in computing. It takes a fairly traditional approach, emphasizing problem solving, design, and programming as the core skills of computer science. However, these ideas are illustrated using a non-traditional language, namely Python.

Although Python is used as the language, teaching Python is not the main point of this book. Rather, Python is used to illustrate fundamental principles of design and programming that apply in any language or computing environment. In some places, I have purposely avoided certain Python features and idioms that are not generally found in other languages.

Table of Contents: 

  1. Computers and Programs
  2. Writing Simple Programs
  3. Computing with Numbers
  4. Objects and Graphics
  5. Sequences: Strings, Lists, and Files
  6. Defining Functions
  7. Decision Structures
  8. Loop Structures and Booleans
  9. Simulation and Design
  10. Defining Classes
  11. Data Collections
  12. Object-Oriented Design
  13. Algorithm Design and Recursion

   Appendix A: Python Quick Reference
   Appendix B: Using Python and IDLE
   Appendix C: Glossary