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Introduction to Programming

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The Python Workbook

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Programming is a skill that is best learned through hands-on experience. This chapter concisely introduces the concepts that a new programmer will need to create their first programs in Python and includes 34 exercises that will let them put those concepts into practice. The particular concepts that this chapter introduces include:

  • Generating output with print statements,

  • Reading input values from the user,

  • Storing and manipulating integer, floating-point and string values,

  • Converting values from one data type to another,

  • Calling functions to perform a task, and

  • Formatting output.

Learning about these concepts and writing programs that use them effectively is an important step toward the creation of larger programs that solve more interesting problems.

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  1. 1.

    Variable names are case sensitive. As a result, count, Count and COUNT are distinct variable names, despite their similarity.

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    Python provides several different mechanisms for formatting strings including the formatting operator, the format function and format method, template strings and, most recently, f-strings. We will use the formatting operator for all of the examples and exercises in this book but the other techniques can also be used to achieve the same results.

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Stephenson, B. (2019). Introduction to Programming. In: The Python Workbook. Texts in Computer Science. Springer, Cham.

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