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Automate the Boring Stuff with Python

Practical Programming for Total Beginners

Al Sweigart

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The second edition of this best-selling Python book (100,000+ copies sold in print alone) uses Python 3 to teach even the technically uninclined how to write programs that do in minutes what would take hours to do by hand. There is no prior programming experience required and the book is loved by liberal arts majors and geeks alike.

If you've ever spent hours renaming files or updating hundreds of spreadsheet cells, you know how tedious tasks like these can be. But what if you could have your computer do them for you?

In this fully revised second edition of the best-selling classic Automate the Boring Stuff with Python, you'll learn how to use Python to write programs that do in minutes what would take you hours to do by hand--no prior programming experience required. You'll learn the basics of Python and explore Python's rich library of modules for performing specific tasks, like scraping data off websites, reading PDF and Word documents, and automating clicking and typing tasks.

The second edition of this international fan favorite includes a brand-new chapter on input validation, as well as tutorials on automating Gmail and Google Sheets, plus tips on automatically updating CSV files. You'll learn how to create programs that effortlessly perform useful feats of automation to:

• Search for text in a file or across multiple files
• Create, update, move, and rename files and folders
• Search the Web and download online content
• Update and format data in Excel spreadsheets of any size
• Split, merge, watermark, and encrypt PDFs
• Send email responses and text notifications
• Fill out online forms

Step-by-step instructions walk you through each program, and updated practice projects at the end of each chapter challenge you to improve those programs and use your newfound skills to automate similar tasks.

Don't spend your time doing work a well-trained monkey could do. Even if you've never written a line of code, you can make your computer do the grunt work. Learn how in Automate the Boring Stuff with Python, 2nd Edition.

Al Sweigart is a professional software developer who teaches programming to kids and adults. Sweigart has written several bestselling programming books for beginners, including
Automate the Boring Stuff with Python,
Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python,
Cracking Codes with Python, and
Coding with Minecraft (all from No Starch Press).


Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 592
Erscheinungsdatum 12.11.2019
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-59327-992-9
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 23,3/18,3/4,3 cm
Gewicht 1111 g
Auflage 2nd Edition
Verkaufsrang 1186


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    Part I: Python Programming Basics

    Chapter 1: Python Basics

    Chapter 2: Flow Control

    Chapter 3: Functions

    Chapter 4: Lists

    Chapter 5: Dictionaries and Structuring Data

    Chapter 6: Manipulating Strings

    Part II: Automating Tasks

    Chapter 7: Pattern Matching with Regular Expressions

    Chapter 8: Input Validation

    Chapter 9: Reading and Writing Files

    Chapter 10: Organizing Files

    Chapter 11: Debugging

    Chapter 12: Web Scraping

    Chapter 13: Working with Excel Spreadsheets

    Chapter 14: Working with Google Sheets

    Chapter 15: Working with PDF and Word Documents

    Chapter 16: Working with CSV Files and JSON Data

    Chapter 17: Keeping Time, Scheduling Tasks, and Launching Programs

    Chapter 18: Sending Email and Text Messages

    Chapter 19: Manipulating Images

    Chapter 20: Controlling the Keyboard and Mouse with GUI Automation

    Appendix A: Installing Third-Party Modules

    Appendix B: Running Programs

    Appendix C: Answers to the Practice Questions