How do you build skills in programming? By doing a series of programming exercises that are focused on showing language features one at a time. These books build skills without asking you to assimilate too many technical concepts in a single sitting.
Skills accumulate through use and repetition. We take an approach that gradually builds skills starting from the basics. We respect the “clue absorption rate” that limits how much new information you can tolerate before feeling overwhelmed.
To make the process easier to understand, we take most of our exercises from the world of casino games. We find that these algorithms are just the right level of complexity to build skills in programming and design. The exercises are fun, easy to understand, and reflect real-world subtleties.
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How to Write Your Own Software Using Python [2.6 Edition]
How do you learn to program? Through a series of simple exercises that teach programming fundamentals with an easy-to-use, easy-to-learn programming language.
Updated as of 31 January
The iBook version for Python 3.2 is available from the iTunes Bookstore.
Building Skills in Python [2.6 Edition]
How do you learn Python? By doing a series of exercises, each of which introduces a feature or expands on a feature of the language. Revised and Expanded to cover Python 2.6.
Building Skils in Object-Oriented Design [2.1 Edition]
Step-By-Step Construction of a Complete Application
How do you move from OO programming to OO design? Do a series of design exercises focused on building an application program that has real-world sophistication.