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Ask HN: Python 2.7 book, any recommendations?
7 points by klrr 1433 days ago | hide | past | web | 5 comments | favorite
Hi, I've just read trough the Python 2.7 tutorial and want to get in more deeply. I want a book targeted at beginners and it would be cool if it teaches programming too, not just the language.

Thanks.




Dive Into Python is a good start, you can find it at:

- http://www.diveintopython.net/toc/index.html

Of course you can also just buy the book.

If you're a bit more familiar to programming, try Zed Shaw's Learn Python The Hard Way:

- http://learnpythonthehardway.org/

Though 'The Hard Way' is obviously not for the novice completely new to programming it does teach a bit more than just the language, things that make you into a better coder.

You'll also find a comprehensive list at:

- http://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuide/NonProgrammers


Thanks!


I always recommend:

Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist http://www.greenteapress.com/thinkpython/

It's a pretty good overview of basic concepts of Computer Science, it's focus is Object-Oriented but does cover functional programming as well.

I would also pair any of the suggestions offered here with http://pythontutor.com/ adding the visual component of program execution will help absorb the material much quicker and get you used to the nuances of python.


To learn CS, Programming, and Python, I'm currently working through:

6.00x (MIT's edX Intro to CS course), Python https://www.edx.org/courses/MITx/6.00x/2012_Fall/info

CS101 (Udacity's Intro to CS course), Python http://www.udacity.com/overview/Course/cs101/CourseRev/apr20...

Python the Hard way (Zed Shaw's online book), Python http://learnpythonthehardway.org/book/

Code Academy, (Python track), Python http://www.codecademy.com/tracks/python

I consider 6.00x and CS101 to be my CS foundation and Python Hard way and Code Academy to be brush-up on the Python/programming. Working through all these in tandem really hits my brain in 4 different but complementary angles.


"A byte of Python" is the best book I've seen so far that caters to a beginner audience. All you need to know about computers to read this book is to how to save text files. Really engaging.

http://www.swaroopch.com/notes/python/




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