By Cory Althoff

I'm a self-taught programmer. After a yr of self-study, I realized to application good sufficient to land a task as a software program engineer II at eBay. as soon as I bought there, i spotted i used to be significantly under-prepared. i used to be beaten through the quantity of items i wished to understand yet hadn't realized but. My trip studying to software, and my event at my first task as a software program engineer have been the foundation for this e-book.

This publication isn't just approximately studying to software; even though you'll learn how to code. so one can software professionally, it's not adequate to profit to code; for this reason, as well as supporting you learn how to application, I additionally disguise the remainder of the belongings you want to know to application professionally that sessions and books do not train you. "The Self-taught Programmer" is a roadmap, a advisor to take you from writing your first Python application, to passing your first technical interview. I divided the booklet into six sections:

1. discover ways to application in Python three and construct your first application.
2. examine Object-oriented programming and create a strong Python application to get you hooked.
3. learn how to use instruments like Git, Bash, common expressions and databases. Then use your new coding abilities to construct an online scraper.
4. research laptop technology basics together with laptop structure, facts constructions, algorithms and community programming.
5. learn how to application for construction: I disguise the software program improvement method, checking out, and most sensible coding practices.
6. end with suggestions for operating with a workforce and touchdown a programming job.

You CAN learn how to application professionally. the trail is there. Will you're taking it?

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Constants and Variables You can use Python to do math just like you would use a calculator. You can add, subtract, divide, multiply, raise a number to a power and much more. Remember to type all of the examples in this section into the shell. 2 + 2 >> 4 2 - 2 >> 0 4 / 2 >> 2 2 * 2 >> 4 A constant is a value that never changes. Each of the numbers in the previous example is a constant: the number two will always represent the value 2. A variable , on the other hand, refers to a value; but that value can change.

When there is an error in your code, you should go to the line number the problem occurred on, and try to figure out what you did wrong. In this example, you would go to line 1 of your code. After staring at it for a while, you would eventually notice there is only one quote. To fix it, add a quote at the end of the string and rerun the program. From this point forward, I will represent the output of an error like this: >> SyntaxError: EOL while scanning string literal For easier reading, I will only show the last line of the error.

There is a vocabulary section at the end of each chapter where each italicized word is defined. Technologies Used In This Book This book teaches certain technologies in order to give you as much practical programming experience as possible. In some cases I had to choose between many different popular technologies. In Chapter 20: “ Version Control ” (for those readers who are unfamiliar with version control, I will explain later), we go over the basics of using Git, a popular version control system.

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