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The Practice of Computing Using Python For CS1 courses in Python Programming including majors and non majors alike A problem solving approach to programming with Python The Practice of Computing Using Python introduces CS1 students majors and non majors to computational thinking using Python With data manipulation as a theme students uickly see the value in what they're learning and leave the course with a set of immediately useful computational skills that can be applied to problems they encounter in future pursuits The book takes an object use first approach writing classes are covered only after students have mastered using objects I used this book to teach our first semester programming course university level which has just changed from Java to Python I thought the examples were very well designed and appreciated the short subsections that made it easy for students to find relevant information and for me to assign exactly the reading each lecture needed There are good chapters on algorithms testing and overall design which helped me emphasize the proper approach to programming which has not generally been as well supported by other textbooksI also like the chapter ordering in this textbook as you can teach an entire introductory course without classes I am excited about the new edition which allows the function chapter to be taught earlier in the semester The dependence of the function chapter on later chapters instead of early chapters is my main complaint about this textbook as it forces functions to the last half of the semesterOne of the main benefits of this book over other textbooks is that it shows examples in steps Instead of showing the final product it guides the reader through the process of developing that final product Students are therefore able to get a better grasp of the process of solving a programming problem I was not a big fan of the book uestions but I rarely use book uestions so it was not a problem We used this textbook with MyProgrammingLab I am fan of the concept of MyProgrammingLab but it is a pain to use as it is poorly implemented and some of the uestions were clearly imported from a Java book as they had no purpose in Python mostly in relation to how Python 3 deals with variable types Despite those issues I still use MyProgrammingLab every semester as it gives students a way to practice programming with immediate feedback and it decreases my grading timeI recommend this book both for CS1 instructors to assign their students as well as someone who wants to learn how to program on their own I looked at dozens of Python textbooks before choosing this one for our course and I thought it had the right level of detail for a beginner good examples and good ordering of information I continue to feel that way about the book after using it for 1 semester Does a good job introducing Python and programming Does a bad job being consistent and avoiding errors

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