Image from Amazon Title: Murach's Python Programming
Author(s): Michael Urban and Joel Murach
Amazon wrote:If you want to learn how to program but don't know where to start, this is the right book and the right language for you. From the first page, our unique self-paced approach will help you build competence and confidence in your programming skills. And Python is the best language ever for learning how to program because of its simplicity and breadth...two features that are hard to find in a single language.
But this isn't just a book for newbies! Our self-paced approach also works for experienced programmers, helping you learn faster and better than you've ever learned a language before. By the time you're through, you will have mastered all of the Python skills that are needed on the job, including those for object-oriented, database, and GUI programming.
To make all of this possible, section 1 of this book presents an 8-chapter course that will get anyone off to a great start. Section 2 builds on that base by presenting the other essential skills that every Python programmer should have. Section 3 shows you how to develop object-oriented programs, a critical skillset in today's world. And section 4 shows you how to apply all of the skills that you've already learned as you build database and GUI programs for the real world.
“Murach's Python Programming” follows the standard style of Murach books. The left side of each paired page is text and the right side is code/tables/bullets. This is great for learning a new language because it lets you easily reference the highlights while also having a text description available. It's also if Python isn't your first language so you can skim the text you know about already.
The book teaches IDLE as an editor at the same time as Python and includes tips on debugging. The appendixes specific to Windows and Mac are helpful. I like that it covers essential skills such as reading/writing files and databases (SQLite.) The examples are fun such as Dice and Movies.
I especially like the exercises at the end of each chapter. These are great suggestions for practicing what the reader learned in the chapter.
This review comes with a bonus for the physical book. I had a bottle of water without the lid closed well and managed to get water all over my bag including getting this book sopping wet. When it dried out, it was fine; just crispy. I was pleasantly surprised and content with Murach's paper quality. I don't recommend “waterboarding” your book even though it worked out well though
I give this book 9 out of 10 horseshoes.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher for reviewing it on behalf of CodeRanch.