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Practical Programming--New from Pragmatic Bookshelf: An Introduction to Computer Science Using Python

June 9, 2009

Raleigh, NC—In Practical Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science Using Python (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $32.95 USD), the team of Jennifer Campbell, Paul Gries, Jason Montojo, and Greg Wilson present a new approach to basic computer science, using Python.

Welcome to computer science in the 21st century. Did you ever wonder how computers represent DNA? How they can download a web page containing population data and analyze it to spot trends? Or how they can change the colors in a color photograph? If so, this book is for you. By the time you’re done, you’ll know how to do all of that and a lot more. And Python makes it easy and fun.

Computers are used in every part of science from ecology to particle physics. This introduction to computer science continually reinforces those ties by using real-world science problems as examples. Anyone who has taken a high school science class will be able to follow along as the book introduces the basics of programming, then goes on to show readers how to work with databases, download data from the web automatically, build graphical interfaces, and most importantly, how to think like a professional programmer.

Topics covered include:

  • Basic elements of programming from arithmetic to loops and if statements
  • Using functions and modules to organize programs
  • Using lists, sets, and dictionaries to organize data
  • Designing algorithms systematically
  • Debugging things when they go wrong
  • Creating and querying databases
  • Building graphical interfaces to make programs easier to use
  • Object-oriented programming and programming patterns

For a review copy or more information please email pragprogpr@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Jennifer Campbell is a senior lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Toronto who created the course this book is based on.

Paul Gries is a senior lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Toronto.

Jason Montojo is a former student of Jennifer Campbell and Paul Gries, who has since worked on the Eclipse programming platform at IBM; he is also a professional photographer and digital artist, and created all of the diagrams for this book.

Greg Wilson has been crunching data for more than 20 years. He is an independent programming consultant, an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, and a contributing editor with Doctor Dobb's Journal. He is the author of Data Crunching and Practical Parallel Programming.

Additional Resources
For more information about the book, including code, errata, discussions, full table of contents, excerpts from the book and more, see the catalog page for Practical Programming.

Practical Programming
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Jennifer Campbell, Paul Gries, Jason Montojo, Greg Wilson
ISBN: 9781934356272, 350 pages,
Book Price: $32.95 USD, £25.50 GBP

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