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Beyond the Basic Stuff with Python by Al Sweigart

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Resources mentioned in the “Introduction” chapter (

Books to read after finishing this book (or even while reading this book)

  • Python Crash Course (No Starch Press, 2019) by Eric Matthes is a book for beginners, but its project-based approach gives even experienced programmers a taste of Python’s Pygame, matplotlib, and Django libraries.
  • Impractical Python Projects (No Starch Press, 2018) by Lee Vaughan provides a project-based approach to expand your Python skills. The programs you’ll create by following the instructions in this book are fun and great programming practice.
  • Serious Python (No Starch Press, 2018) by Julien Danjou describes the steps you need to take to progress from a garage project hobbyist to a knowledgeable software developer who follows industry best practices and writes code that can scale.

To take a deeper dive into the advanced features of Python’s syntax and standard library:

  • Effective Python (Addison-Wesley Professional, 2019) by Brett Slatkin is an impressive collection of Pythonic best practices and language features.
  • Python Cookbook (O’Reilly Media, 2013) by David Beazley and Brian K. Jones offers an extensive list of code snippets to upgrade any Python novice’s repertoire.
  • Fluent Python (O’Reilly Media, 2021) by Luciano Ramalho is a masterwork for exploring the intricacies of the Python language, and although its near-800-page size might be intimidating, it’s well worth the effort.
python_resources.txt · Last modified: 2022/05/05 08:24 by raju