Nov 25, 2018

Python Review > A Concise Introduction to Programming in Python 2nd Edition Mark J. Johnson

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The book, A Concise Introduction to Programming in Python, 2nd Edition by Mark J. Johnson is more than just a great and quick reference book, but also a great practice course that could suit any beginner or those needing a bit of a reminder of how to code with Python. There are so much explained in such a small book, which makes it superb for those who like to learn quickly and don't need that filler of details. This really just breaks it down to a super quick guide with many examples. Additionally, it explains how to download a few programs as well as when you begin reading, it helps you know where to go to download Python.

When you do get to chapter 2, this is where the details of what you were being shown in chapter 1 are explained in-depth. So, it might seem very confusing for those starting out, but it does get easier! The first chapter is like a quick view of the program, in addition, it could also be the perfect quick recap to those who understand and used or still use Python often. However, for a beginner, it might seem like this isn't the book for you, but really it is exactly for you!
The second chapter is where you learn how it all works and is meant to be used. Of course, continue through each chapter and you learn even more about what was being explained in the first chapter as well as get a better idea about Python. The future chapters really bring it together.

So is this a good book or will it leave you confused and lost? Well, at the end of this small, 200+ pages, you really do get everything you need to know! Plus, it's like a quicker reference style guide with plenty of exercises to keep you learning and understanding with each practice exercise. That is why I really give this a highly positive judgment. Since this book has only been a simple way for my own mind to grasp Python quickly, and of course, with the book nearby, I can easily go over parts that might still be a bit hard to recall as easily as many others. Ultimately, this book is one of the best resource guides for beginners and have plenty of guidance lessons that really does help.
Author Information:
Mark J. Johnson is a professor of computer science and mathematics at Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he holds the Ruth and Marvin Denekas Endowed Chair in Science and Humanities. Mark is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D., mathematics) and St. Olaf College. He is the author of A Concise Introduction to Data Structures using Java, also published by Chapman & Hall/CRC Press.

Book Information:

  • Chapman and Hall/CRC 
  • Published March 30, 2018 
  • Textbook - 209 Pages - 23 B/W Illustrations 
  • ISBN 9781138082588 - CAT# K34500
  • Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Textbooks in Computing


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