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Automate the boring stuff with Python practical programming for total beginners by Al Sweigart

By: Sweigart, Albert [author]Material type: TextTextLanguage: English Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. No Starch Press c 2015Description: XXI, 479 pages, illustrations, graphic representation, 24 cmISBN: 1593275994 (pbk.); 9781593275990 (pbk.)Subject(s): Python (Computer program language) | Computer programmingDDC classification: 005.133 LOC classification: QA76.73.P98Other classification: 54.53 | ST 250 Online resources: free access | table of contents Summary: Part I. Python programming basics. Python basics ; Flow control ; Functions ; Lists ; Dictionaries and structuring data ; Manipulating strings -- Part II. Automating tasks. Pattern matching with regular expressions ; Reading and writing files ; Organizing files ; Debugging ; Web scraping ; Working with Excel spreadsheets ; Working with PDF and Word documents ; Working with CSV files and JSON data ; Keeping time, scheduling tasks, and launching programs ; Sending email and text messages ; Manipulating images ; Controlling keyboard and mouse with GUI automationSummary: In 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. Once you've mastered the basics of programming, you'll create Python programs that effortlessly perform useful and impressive 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 reminder emails and text notifications; Fill out online forms. Step-by-step instructions walk you through each program, and practice projects at the end of each chapter challenge you to improve those programs and use your newfound skills to automate similar tasks
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Part I. Python programming basics. Python basics ; Flow control ; Functions ; Lists ; Dictionaries and structuring data ; Manipulating strings -- Part II. Automating tasks. Pattern matching with regular expressions ; Reading and writing files ; Organizing files ; Debugging ; Web scraping ; Working with Excel spreadsheets ; Working with PDF and Word documents ; Working with CSV files and JSON data ; Keeping time, scheduling tasks, and launching programs ; Sending email and text messages ; Manipulating images ; Controlling keyboard and mouse with GUI automation

In 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. Once you've mastered the basics of programming, you'll create Python programs that effortlessly perform useful and impressive 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 reminder emails and text notifications; Fill out online forms. Step-by-step instructions walk you through each program, and practice projects at the end of each chapter challenge you to improve those programs and use your newfound skills to automate similar tasks

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