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Good Habits for Great Coding

Improving Programming Skills with Examples in Python

Authors: Stueben, Michael

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  • Distills a lifetime of lessons learned to provide advice, unique insights, and best practices to improve your coding skills
  • Teaches how to write code that is readable, with attention to good coding style
  • Contains many code samples in Python which are accessible to beginning programmers in any language
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About this book

Improve your coding skills and learn how to write readable code. Rather than teach basic programming, this book presumes that readers understand the fundamentals, and offers time-honed best practices for style, design, documenting, testing, refactoring, and more. 

Taking an informal, conversational tone, author Michael Stueben offers programming stories, anecdotes, observations, advice, tricks, examples, and challenges based on his 38 years experience writing code and teaching programming classes. Trying to teach style to beginners is notoriously difficult and can easily appear pedantic. Instead, this book offers solutions and many examples to back up his ideas.

Good Habits for Great Coding distills Stueben's three decades of analyzing his own mistakes, analyzing student mistakes, searching for problems that teach lessons, and searching for simple examples to illustrate complex ideas.  Having found that most learn by trying out challenging problems, and reflecting on them, each chapter includes quizzes and problems. The final chapter introduces dynamic programming to reduce complex problems to subcases, and illustrates many concepts discussed in the book. 

Code samples are provided in Python and designed to be understandable by readers familiar with any modern programming language. At the end of this book, you will have acquired a lifetime of good coding advice, the lessons the author wishes he had learned when he was a novice.

What You'll Learn

  • Create readable code through examples of good and bad style
  • Write difficult algorithms by comparing your code to the author's code
  • Derive and code difficult algorithms using dynamic programming
  • Understand the psychology of the coding process

Who This Book Is For

Students or novice programmers who have taken a beginning programming course and understand coding basics. Teachers will appreciate the author's road-tested ideas that they may apply to their own teaching.

About the authors

Michael Stueben started teaching Fortran at Fairfax High School in Virginia in 1977. Eventually the high school computer science curriculum changed from Fortran to BASIC, Pascal, C, C++, Java, and finally to Python. In the last five years, Stueben taught artificial intelligence at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA. Along the way, he wrote a regular puzzle column for Discover Magazine, published articles in Mathematics Teacher and Mathematics Magazine, published a book on teaching high school mathematics: Twenty Years Before the Blackboard (Mathematical Association of America, 1998). In 2006 he received a Distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching / Edyth May Sliffe Award from the Mathematical Association of America.

Table of contents (21 chapters)

Table of contents (21 chapters)

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eBook 16,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-3459-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 23,91 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-3458-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Good Habits for Great Coding
Book Subtitle
Improving Programming Skills with Examples in Python
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Michael Stueben
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-3459-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-3459-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-3458-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 314
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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