Python Crash Course, 2nd Edition: A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to Programming

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Second edition of the best-selling Python book in the world. A fast-paced, no-nonsense guide to programming in Python. Updated and thoroughly revised to reflect the latest in Python code and practices.

Python Crash Course is the world’s best-selling guide to the Python programming language. This fast-paced, thorough introduction to programming with Python will have you writing programs, solving problems, and making things that work in no time.

In the first half of the book, you’ll learn basic programming concepts, such as variables, lists, classes, and loops, and practice writing clean code with exercises for each topic. You’ll also learn how to make your programs interactive and test your code safely before adding it to a project. In the second half, you’ll put your new knowledge into practice with three substantial projects: a Space Invaders-inspired arcade game, a set of data visualizations with Python’s handy libraries, and a simple web app you can deploy online.

As you work through the book, you’ll learn how to:
    Use powerful Python libraries and tools, including Pygame, Matplotlib, Plotly, and Django
    Make 2D games that respond to keypresses and mouse clicks, and that increase in difficulty
    Use data to generate interactive visualizations
    Create and customize web apps and deploy them safely online
    Deal with mistakes and errors so you can solve your own programming problems

If you’ve been thinking about digging into programming, Python Crash Course will get you writing real programs fast. Why wait any longer? Start your engines and code!

From the Publisher

User experience level




Beginner to Intermediate



For readers who want

A gentle, kid-friendly introduction to Python

A fast-paced, thorough introduction to Python

A practical guide to using Python for automating tedious tasks

A quick and easy way to review Python fundamentals, vocabulary, syntax and more

Fun, entertaining projects to take your Python skills to the next level

Expert, practical advice and tutorials to perfect your professional Python skills

Compatible with Python version

Python 3

Python 3

Python 3

Python 3

Python 3

Python 2 & 3

Special features

Kid-friendly, full-color code and illustrations

Covers Django, matplotlib and plotly, and pygame

Covers working with files en masse, automating emails and texts, scraping the web, and more

Flash card format; includes exercises and challenges to test and hone your skills

Covers modules like pygame, Pylint, pydocstyle, tkinter, python-docx, matplotlib, and pillow

Covers powerful techniques like using generators, handling time zones, and applying functional programming

Page count

344 pages

544 pages

592 pages

101 cards

424 pages

240 pages

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