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46 Excellent Free Books to Learn Python

21. Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python by Al Sweigart

Hacking Secret Ciphers with PythonHacking Secret Ciphers with Python teaches complete beginners how to write cipher programs and hacking programs that can break encrypted messages from these ciphers, using Python programming language.

The book features the source code to several ciphers and hacking programs for these ciphers. The programs include the Caesar cipher, transposition cipher, simple substitution cipher, multiplicative & affine ciphers, Vigenere cipher, and hacking programs for each of these ciphers. The final chapters cover the modern RSA cipher and public key cryptography.

Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

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22. The Definitive Guide to Pylons by James Gardner

The Definitive Guide to PylonsPylons is a lightweight web framework built on standard Python tools that provides a robust environment for writing modern web applications. It’s well known for its clean architecture and loosely coupled approach, both of which make web development fast, flexible, and easy.

The Definitive Guide to Pylons teaches you everything you need to know about web development with Pylons – from how to create your first “Hello World!” application to how to use each of Pylons’ core tools including FormEncode, Mako, SQLAlchemy, and Routes to how to perform more advanced tasks such as testing, using Unicode, internationalizing your application, authenticating users, and more.

It also helps developers make use of the software’s built-in support for session management, web services, and Ajax.

This book is made available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version.

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23. Intermediate Python by Muhammad Yasoob

Intermediate PythonThe topics which are discussed in this book open up your mind towards some nice corners of Python language.

This book is an outcome of the author’s desire to have something like this when he was beginning to learn Python. If you’re a beginner, intermediate or even an advanced programmer there is something for you in this book.

This book is not a tutorial and does not teach you Python. The topics are not explained in depth, instead only the bare minimum required information is given.

This book is released under the Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

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24. From Python to Numpy by Nicolas P. Rougier

From Python to NumpyFrom Python to Numpy offers a different approach focusing on the migration from Python to NumPy through vectorization. The book explains some of the techniques. You need an intermediate level in Python and a beginner level in NumPy.

NumPy is the fundamental package for scientific computing with Python.

This book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 4.0 International License.

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25. Learn Python, Break Python by Scott Grant

Learn Python, Break PythonLearn Python, Break Python is a hands-on introduction to the Python programming language, written for people who have no experience with programming whatsoever. Hey, we all have to start somewhere. As such, the examples and teaching style used in this text make absolutely no expectations about your prior programming experience.

Learn Python, Break Python starts with a gentle introduction to programming. Slowly, through examples and exercises, we build up to a level of comfort by introducing more complicated program elements, and show where they can be used and how we can break them. By building up knowledge in this way, we hope to impart a level of comfort that will make you comfortable trying new things and taking risks; in short, we want you to be comfortable with programming.

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Page 2 – Supporting Python 3 and more books
Page 3 – Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python and more books
Page 4 – Making Games with Python & Pygame and more books
Page 5 – Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python and more books
Page 6 – How to Make Mistakes in Python and more books
Page 7 – Text Processing in Python and more books
Page 8 – The Coder’s Apprentice and more books
Page 9 – Building Skills in Object-Oriented Design and more books


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AssemblyAs close to writing machine code without writing in pure hexadecimal
AwkVersatile language designed for pattern scanning and processing language
BashShell and command language; popular both as a shell and a scripting language
BASICBeginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
CGeneral-purpose, procedural, portable, high-level language
C++General-purpose, portable, free-form, multi-paradigm language
C#Combines the power and flexibility of C++ with the simplicity of Visual Basic
ClojureDialect of the Lisp programming language
ClojureScriptCompiler for Clojure that targets JavaScript
COBOLCommon Business-Oriented Language
CoffeeScriptTranscompiles into JavaScript inspired by Ruby, Python and Haskell
CoqDependently typed language similar to Agda, Idris, F* and others
CrystalGeneral-purpose, concurrent, multi-paradigm, object-oriented language
CSSCSS (Cascading Style Sheets) specifies a web page’s appearance
DGeneral-purpose systems programming language with a C-like syntax
DartClient-optimized language for fast apps on multiple platforms
DylanMulti-paradigm language supporting functional and object-oriented coding
ECMAScriptBest known as the language embedded in web browsers
EiffelObject-oriented language designed by Bertrand Meyer
ElixirRelatively new functional language running on the Erlang virtual machine
ErlangGeneral-purpose, concurrent, declarative, functional language
F#Uses functional, imperative, and object-oriented programming methods
FactorDynamic stack-based programming language
ForthImperative stack-based programming language
FortranThe first high-level language, using the first compiler
GoCompiled, statically typed programming language
GroovyPowerful, optionally typed and dynamic language
HaskellStandardized, general-purpose, polymorphically, statically typed language
HTMLHyperText Markup Language
IconWide variety of features for processing and presenting symbolic data
JArray programming language based primarily on APL
JavaGeneral-purpose, concurrent, class-based, object-oriented, high-level language
JavaScriptInterpreted, prototype-based, scripting language
JuliaHigh-level, high-performance language for technical computing
KotlinMore modern version of Java
LabVIEWDesigned to enable domain experts to build power systems quickly
LaTeXProfessional document preparation system and document markup language
LispUnique features - excellent to study programming constructs
LogoDialect of Lisp that features interactivity, modularity, extensibility
LuaDesigned as an embeddable scripting language
MarkdownPlain text formatting syntax designed to be easy-to-read and easy-to-write
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OCamlThe main implementation of the Caml language
PascalImperative and procedural language designed in the late 1960s
PerlHigh-level, general-purpose, interpreted, scripting, dynamic language
PHPPHP has been at the helm of the web for many years
PostScriptInterpreted, stack-based and Turing complete language
PrologA general purpose, declarative, logic programming language
PureScriptSmall strongly, statically typed language compiling to JavaScript
PythonGeneral-purpose, structured, powerful language
QMLHierarchical declarative language for user interface layout - JSON-like syntax
RDe facto standard among statisticians and data analysts
RacketGeneral-purpose, object-oriented, multi-paradigm, functional language
RakuMember of the Perl family of programming languages
RubyGeneral purpose, scripting, structured, flexible, fully object-oriented language
RustIdeal for systems, embedded, and other performance critical code
ScalaModern, object-functional, multi-paradigm, Java-based language
SchemeA general-purpose, functional language descended from Lisp and Algol
ScratchVisual programming language designed for 8-16 year-old children
SQLAccess and manipulate data held in a relational database management system
Standard MLGeneral-purpose functional language characterized as "Lisp with types"
SwiftPowerful and intuitive general-purpose programming language
TclDynamic language based on concepts of Lisp, C, and Unix shells
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TypeScriptStrict syntactical superset of JavaScript adding optional static typing
ValaObject-oriented language, syntactically similar to C#
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VimLPowerful scripting language of the Vim editor
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