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Head First Python, 2nd Edition by Paul Barry

Head First Python, 2nd Edition by Paul Barry

 Just follow my example and I'll have you coding in no time!

Just follow my example and I'll have you coding in no time!

I happened to spot this book at my local library, and I wanted to give it a try.  I have some background with Python already, but not a whole lot. HEAD FIRST PYTHON marks my first read of any "Head First" book. 

From personal experience, I know that writing any type of computer programming book is a difficult chore. I found this book easy to read. If you have a lot of Python experience already, you will want to skip to some of the later chapters. The fun graphics and jokes make the learning experience go a little faster and easier, which I appreciated.

You can see the simple first example below.

 Very first example is easy.

Very first example is easy.

I downloaded the code examples so that I would not have to type in a bunch of code.  The code was indeed on the web sites listed. The code is stored via chapter, which made finding the examples easy. I was able to download the .zip file, and pick out any example I wanted to try. 

The author recommends typing in the actual code, but I took the lazy method, and just used the provided code.

In one of the earlier chapters, the author explains how to import libraries, and perform simple functions.  At that point, I realized I had an older version of Python on my PC.  It was simple to install the latest version.

I especially like the way the author helped me get started with downloading Python 3, and getting an easy example going right away.  This all worked very well, without a hitch.

The chapter on integrating Python with database work was especially interesting to me.  Chapter 7 covers the installation of a MySQL server, then using the Python DB-API to talk to the database. I thought at first I could just jump to that chapter, but realistically, I will have to work through the earlier examples first.  So far, so good!

So all in all, I found HEAD FIRST PYTHON to be an excellent book. It is a tough job writing a computer language book, with all the code and explanations.  I thought Paul Barry did an excellent job, making this a very readable book--and yes, a little fun, too.  Perhaps I could have done with a little less graphics and photos, but I appreciate the editors making the book a fun read.

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