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Practical Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science Using Pythonby Jennifer Campbell
Synopses & Reviews
Welcome to computer science in the 21st century. Did you ever wonder how computers represent DNA? How they can download a web page containing population data and analyze it to spot trends? Or how they can change the colors in a color photograph? If so, this book is for you. By the time you're done, you'll know how to do all of that and a lot more. And Python makes it easy and fun.
Computers are used in every part of science from ecology to particle physics. This introduction to computer science continually reinforces those ties by using real-world science problems as examples. Anyone who has taken a high school science class will be able to follow along as the book introduces the basics of programming, then goes on to show readers how to work with databases, download data from the web automatically, build graphical interfaces, and most importantly, how to think like a professional programmer.
Topics covered include:
Basic elements of programming from arithmetic to loops and if statements.
Using functions and modules to organize programs.
Using lists, sets, and dictionaries to organize data.
Designing algorithms systematically.
Debugging things when they go wrong.
Creating and querying databases.
Building graphical interfaces to make programs easier to use.
Object-oriented programming and programming patterns.
Book News Annotation:
Also appropriate for non-majors, this computer science textbook explains the core features of the Python programming language and applies them to simple programs for solving real-world problems. Students are shown how to use objects from the standard library early on but do not create classes until after learning about flow control and basic data structures. Two of the authors teach at the University of Toronto. Distributed in the U.S by‛Reilly Media. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Computers are used in every part of science from ecology to particle physics. This introduction to computer science using Python continually reinforces those ties by using real-world science problems as examples.
About the Author
Jennifer Campbell is a senior lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Toronto who created the course this book is based on.
Paul Gries, is a senior lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He has won numerous teaching awards and authored other introductory computer science texts.
Jason Montojo, is a former student of Jennifer Campbell and Paul Gries, who has since worked on the Eclipse programming platform at IBM; he is also a professional photographer and digital artist, and created all of the diagrams for this book.
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