The Practice of Computing Using Python
A problem-solving approach to programming with Python.The Practice of Computing using Python, first editionis intended to teach problem solving within the context of CS1 to both majors and non-majors using Python as a vehicle. As such the authors cover general concepts like hardware, complexity, and software engineering as well as general concepts of programming using the Python language. In the end, if a student takes no other programming course than one such as this, they can be productive programmers who understand general principles of computation and can produce useful, meaningful results in their respective fields of study. The Study of Computer Science; Starting to Program–Beginnings, Control, Algorithms and Program Development; Organizing: Data Structures and Functions–Working with Strings, Functions–QuickStart, Lists and Tuples, Dictionaries and Sets, Files; Classes: Making Your Own Data Structures & Algorithms–Program Development with Classes; Becoming a Better Programmer–Exceptions and Exception Handling, Testing, Recursion-another control mechanism, Getting and Using Python, Simple Drawing with Turtle Graphics, Plotting and Numeric Tools, Python 3.0. Anyone interested in learning Python or computer programming skills in general.
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Without doubt, the worst textbook I have ever had to use. It has made my first course in computer science frustrating, and I am convinced I will not be ready for the next course. Any instructor who uses this book is ripping-off their students. Here's just one example: Files. The author has the reader/student doing this with files and that with files and on and on. That's in the first seven chapters. Where does he even DEFINE what a file is??? Chapter 9. Using this textbook has made this semester of computer science a complete waste of time AND money. Fortunately, for those students who have yet to take this course, the instructor is dumping this text. As for me, I have always excelled academically. However, I do not believe it is possible or realistic for me to build any sort of usable knowledge base on what I have learned using this text. I will definitely be changing my major. Thanks Punch and Enbody. In fairness, though, I have read ONE glowing review concerning this textbook. It was written by someone who is an instructor working at the same school as the author.
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The Practice of Computing Using Python, with Access Code
William F. Punch,Richard Enbody
No preview available - 2012