Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist
Allen Downey, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Pub Date: 2012
ISBN 13: 9781491939369
Publisher: Green Tea Press
Conditions of Use
Python is becoming increasingly important in its use for scientific and engineering applications. This text is an easy-to-read short volume on the use of Python for coding, that teaches the reader generic skills of good programming. The topics... read more
The text concisely but thoroughly covers the basics of programming in the Python language, from expressions and functions to file processing and object-oriented programming. The HTML version of the text has an index, but the DF version lacks... read more
Table of Contents
1. The way of the program
2. Variables, expressions and statements
4. Case study: interface design
5. Conditionals and recursion
6. Fruitful functions
9. Case study: word play
13. Case study: data structure selection
15. Classes and objects
16. Classes and functions
17. Classes and methods
19. The Goodies
B. Analysis of Algorithms
About the Book
Think Python is a concise introduction to software design using the Python programming language. Intended 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.
This textbook has been used in classes atBard College,Olin College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of Maine, University of Northern Colorado.
About the Contributors
Allen B. Downey is an American computer scientist, professor of computer science at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and writer of free textbooks.
Downey received in 1989 his BS and in 1990 his MA, both in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997.
He started his career as Research Fellow in the San Diego Supercomputer Center in 1995. In 1997 he became Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Colby College, and in 2000 at Wellesley College. He was Research Fellow at Boston University in 2002 and Professor of Computer Science at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering since 2003. In 2009-2010 he was also Visiting Scientist at Google Inc.