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Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  362 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
If you are new to programming with Python and are looking for a solid introduction, this is the book for you. Developed by computer science instructors, books in the "for the absolute beginner" series teach the principles of programming through simple game creation. You will acquire the skills that you need for practical Python programming applications and will learn how t ...more
Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published (first published July 1st 2003)
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Pierre
I actually self-taught myself computer programming with this book. The text is easy to understand and follow, even for beginners. Concepts are presented clearly and concisely and with a bit of humor. The exercises are challenging, but not impossible. This book won't turn you into a coding guru, but it teaches you the basics of how computer programs work.
Gene
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my third "go" at trying to grasp Python. The first was via an online tutorial, the second was from a different book that I had borrowed. I felt this book did a better job than the tutorial of teaching the fundamentals and was much better than the other text. A big strength was the end of chapter questions and projects. It forced me to really learn some concepts that I wouldn't otherwise have grasped. I now have a better feel for Object Oriented Programming than I did before. The book wa ...more
Scannerdarkly
I love the challenges this book has at the end of a chapter.

This book is great, right up until you reach chapter 8, software objects. Why did the introduction of object-oriented programming made this book a joy to read into a headache. Read on...

Credit to the author, Python is a very big OOP language and you get to start making things and solving the problems (actually learning how to solve and code) straight away, but do understand Python can be programmed procedurally, without the headache of
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Alex
Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Python is a high-level programming language built on the philosophy of making easily readable code. While it usually carries a performance penalty compared to some other languages, I think the coding process is a lot friendlier with Python.

This book gives a good tour of the language, in an interesting way, by working through multiple video game programs.
Nickolai
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Главы 1-8 и 10 представляют собой отличное пособие для самостоятельного изучения языка python. Глава 9 содержит нужную информацию, которая подается в излишне сложной форме; если ее упростить, будет тоже неплохой материал. А вот главы 11 и 12 явно не для "absolute beginner", они в этой книге лишние, особенно если учитывать проблемы с установкой и работой предлагаемых автором модулей для них.
Andreas Kontokanis
When I started the book I liked it very much. I was thinking why people give only 3 stars to a book that is so good that take you by the hand and makes you a programmer. I like the way that starts with showing examples and makes programs that they are simple enough and the challenges that you try to solve.
But as it went on I understood why only 3 starts. When it is getting to serious things as objects, classes and after with graphics and games it is a bad cookbook.
The examples for objects were
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Jason
Sep 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was the assigned reading for an introduction-to-programming class that I recently completed.

I am one of the "absolute beginners" referred to in the book's title. :) The tone was enthusiastic and encouraging throughout the chapters. I would recommend this book to other absolute-beginner programmers.
Ula
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was really helpful in getting know python. Simple to understand with increasing complexity.
I'd like to learn about Django insted of Pygame and get more about GUI but even now this book was great.
James
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay as a basic introduction but not something I would refer back to.
Александр Ефремов
This book so simple. I think that book for 6 ears old kids.
Staji
Jun 04, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
educational
Thea Steele
Way too easy; I'm moving on.
Jer
Jun 04, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, on-lend, reference
Lent to: Mark Stewart

And I have Dan L's copy
John Nicpon
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent intro to Python and to how to properly code.
David
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book combined with Codecademy is now my recommendation to anyone interested in learning programming
Ly
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Problem based learning, fun, easy to follow, absolutely for beginner.
Good book for kids and everybody, especially who have failed Python or programming before.
JP
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid introduction, and one I would recommend as a first Python book. I liked the way used simple examples suitable for further experimentation.
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