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Python is the language of choice for many applications that collect and analyze text data, including Skimbox's email classifier. Since python was not, for me, a native tongue, I signed up for an EdX course, Introduction to Computer Science Using Python. The following list contains books, tutorials, tools, and other resources my classmates and I have found useful. If you have any to add, please do so in the comments!

It all starts here: http://www.python.org/

Books

 

DOCUMENTATION

"Official Python 2.7 Documentation" - go here for the "official"/technical explanation of what a particular function/operator does, examples of correct syntax, what the various libraries are, etc.

 

TEXTBOOKS/TUTORIALS


TDD IN PYTHON

In addition to the "Dive Into Python" chapter listed above, see also this Tutorial on Python TDD


DEBUGGING

"Debugging in Python" - steps you can take to try to debug your program

"Python Tutor" - an excellent way to actually visualize how the interpreter actually reads and executes your code


SOFTWARE

"Python Tools for Visual Studio" - Visual Studio plug-in enabling Python programming


OTHER Q&A

"Stack Overflow" - a large Q&A forum for programming concepts (not just Python). Try searching here before you post on the edX forum, and you may find that someone has already answered your question.


MORE PRACTICE PROBLEMS

  • "Python Challenge" - a series of puzzles you can try to test your Python abilities
  • "Project Euler" - additional programming challenges you can try once your Python knowledge becomes stronger; problems are sorted by increasing difficulty
  • "Coding Bat" - problems you can solve within an online interpreter

 

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