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  • Published: 15 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9781593278908
  • Imprint: No Starch
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 504
  • RRP: $49.99

Impractical Python

Playful Programming Activities to Make You Smarter


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Impractical Python is a collection of fun and educational projects designed to entertain programmers while enhancing their Python skills. It picks up where the complete beginner books leave off, expanding on existing concepts and introducing new tools that you'll use every day. And to keep things interesting, each project includes a zany twist featuring historical incidents, pop culture references, and literary allusions.

You'll flex your problem-solving skills and employ Python's many useful libraries to do things like:
- Help James Bond crack a high-tech safe with a hill-climbing algorithm
- Write haiku poems using Markov Chain Analysis
- Use genetic algorithms to breed a race of gigantic rats
- Crack the world's most successful military cipher using cryptanalysis
- Model the Milky Way and calculate our odds of detecting alien civilizations
- Plan your parents' secure retirement with Monte Carlo simulation

Simulate volcanoes, map Mars, and more, all while gaining valuable experience using free modules like Tkinter, Cprofile, Pylint, Pygame, Pillow, and Python-Docx.

Whether you're looking to pick up some new Python skills or just need a pick-me-up, you'll find endless educational, geeky fun with Impractical Python.

  • Pub date: 15 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9781593278908
  • Imprint: No Starch
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 504
  • RRP: $49.99

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