Python for Software Design: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist

Python for Software Design: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist

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Allen B. Downey
Cambridge University Press, 2009-05-28
EAN 9780521725965, ISBN10: 0521725968

Paperback, 272 pages, 25.4 x 25.3 x 17.8 cm

A no-nonsense introduction to software design using the Python programming language. Written for people with no programming experience, this book starts with the most basic concepts and gradually adds new material. Some of the ideas students find most challenging, like recursion and object-oriented programming, are divided into a sequence of smaller steps and introduced over the course of several chapters. The focus is on the programming process, with special emphasis on debugging. The book includes a wide range of exercises, from short examples to substantial projects, so that students have ample opportunity to practise each new concept. Exercise solutions and code examples are available from, along with Swampy, a suite of Python programs that is used in some of the exercises.

'I liked this book. The presentation is neat and clean, I might even say cheerful. And I learned a lot, not least of all where higher level languages are going, and the terminology used to express that. ... I liked the pace of presentation. I liked the constant stirring of topics: a new feature, a hint on debugging, a few words on programming style, some thoughts on programming principles, then on to the next new feature. It really is a nice mix. If one is writing a textbook on scientific programming (rather than computer science as this one is), one could well learn some style tips here.' Scientific Programming