I recently finished up Mmy third book, wxPython Cookbook and I am officially releasing it today. My wxPython Cookbook is my longest book yet, clocking in at over 340 pages and over 50 recipes. I have a full table of contents on Leanpub for anyone who is interested in the nitty gritty details.
Here are the current places that you can get a copy of the book:
Thanks so much to all my readers and Kickstarter backers who have encouraged me throughout the writing process.
It’s the holiday season so I am putting all my books on sale starting today. The sale will run through December 23rd. You can purchase any of my books for $6.99 on Gumroad or Leanpub. I’m actually recommending Leanpub now as I find its user interface much easier to navigate for my readers, but if you already have a Gumroad account, then feel free to use that.
You will receive the books in PDF, mobi and epub from both Leanpub and Gumroad.
Here are the links:
I have 10 more copies of the first run of Python 201: Intermediate Python that you can now purchase. You will also receive the digital versions of the book. Note that the first run had a mistake in the asyncio chapter that has been rectified in the digital copies. The future versions of the paperback will be fixed soon.
Leanpub is featuring my second book on their homepage today:
You can get the book for 50% off until tomorrow by using the following link: http://leanpub.com/python201/c/50percent
Python 201 covers the following topics:
- Chapter 1 – The argparse module
- Chapter 2 – The collections module
- Chapter 3 – The contextlib module (Context Managers)
- Chapter 4 – The functools module (Function overloading, caching, etc)
- Chapter 5 – All about imports
- Chapter 6 – The importlib module
- Chapter 7 – The itertools module
- Chapter 8 – The re module (An Intro to Regex in Python)
- Chapter 9 – The typing module (Type Hinting)
Part II – Odds and Ends
- Chapter 10 -Â generators / iterators
- Chapter 11 – map, filter, reduce
- Chapter 12 – unicode
- Chapter 13 – benchmarking
- Chapter 14 – encryption
- Chapter 15 – Connecting to databases
- Chapter 16 – super
- Chapter 17 – descriptors (magic methods)
- Chapter 18 – Scope (local, global and the new non_local)
Part III – Web
- Chapter 19 – Web scraping
- Chapter 20 – Working with web APIs
- Chapter 21 – ftplib
- Chapter 22 – urllib / httplib (client / server)
Part IV – Testing
- Chapter 23 – Doctest
- Chapter 24 – unittest
- Chapter 25 – mock
- Chapter 26 – coverage.py
Today I am releasing my first book, Python 101, for free for 48 hours. Python 101 was written as an introduction to the Python programming language. While it is intended for beginners, some have claimed that they needed more hand-holding than this book provided for them. So I currently recommend it as an introductory and intermediate book for developers that are looking to learn Python.
When I originally wrote the book, I noticed that there were few or no books available that described how to create executables of your code or distribute your code via Python’s Package Index (PyPI). Python 101 covers these topics as well as introducing the reader to Python’s standard library, how to install 3rd party packages and an introduction to some of the most popular 3rd party packages for Python, such as SQLAlchemy, requests and virtualenv.
Python 101 has 5 sections, 44 chapters and 295 pages.
You can get Python 101 for free on Leanpub using the following link: http://leanpub.com/python_101/c/48hours
If you happen to have a Gumroad account, then you’ll be able to get the book free there as well by using the following offer code: 48hours
You will get the PDF, epub and mobi versions of the book. You can see a full table of contents on the Leanpub site
If you like my first book, you can get its sequel, Python 201: Intermediate Python for 50% off here: http://leanpub.com/python201/c/50percent
I am happy to announce that I now have all the chapters for my latest book, wxPython Cookbook, ready to be checked out. I still consider the book to be in beta mode as I need to go through each chapter and check them over as much as possible this month, but I am also pretty confident that the book is over 90% complete. Some chapters still need a screenshot or two added and I also plan to add another chapter or two as well.
For those of you who like raw data, there are currently 51 recipes in the book + the introduction and installation chapters. There are over 300 pages of content, which is more than either of my previous books!
I hope to do some polishing this week by adding the missing screenshots and also writing a brand new chapter. I am also hoping to get some of the code examples into Github this week. I do apologize for the delay in getting that done. Life has been really crazy on my end.
You can get early access to the book on Leanpub and Gumroad. You will also receive the final product + updates if you purchase the book from either of those websites. You can also check out the original Kickstarter campaign to learn more about the book.
Thanks again for all your support!
I decided it would be fun to give my latest book away for free until this Wednesday, Oct 19th. So starting today, you can get Python 201: Intermediate Python free through Gumroad or Leanpub.
If you go with Gumroad, then you will need to use the following offer code: 201free. Note that if you want to receive updates to the book, you will want to create an account and add the book to your library.
I think it’s very important for teens and college students to learn how to program. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is such a crucial set of topics to learn about that I have decided to give away copies of Python 101 and Python 201: Intermediate Python to teachers and professors starting today until 11:59 p.m. CST of October 14th, 2016.
Students with valid educational email addresses can also enter to get a free copy of the eBooks, but they will not be eligible for the paperbacks.
How to Get a Copy
Just leave a comment or contact me via my contact form and tell me why you want a copy. I do require some kind of proof that you’re an educator. If you can leave a comment or send me an email via the contact form using an official email address (such as an *.edu domain) or link me to some other proof (LinkedIn, your profile on a school website, etc), that would be great.
- Everyone who enters with a valid educational email or other type of proof will receive am eBook copy of Python 101 and Python 201.
- 5 lucky winners will get a copy of the paperback version of Python 201: Intermediate Python + the above
- The Grand Prize will be a paperback copy of Python 101 and Python 201: Intermediate Python + the eBook copies
Get your comment or send in an email via the contact form before October 14th, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST and you will be entered. I’ll go through the entries and contact the winners.
I have decided to sponsor a contest for my second book, Python 201: Intermediate Python. I will be giving away 3 copies of my eBook bundle (PDF, EPUB and MOBI) and 2 copies of the paperback, which I will ship anywhere in the world. If you havenâ€™t heard of my book, you may want to read about it here.
How You Can Win
To win your copy of this book, all you need to do is come up with a comment below highlighting the reason â€œwhy you would like to win this bookâ€.
Duration of the contest & selection of winners
The contest is valid until Friday, Sept 16th at 11:59 p.m. CST, and is open to everyone. Winners will be selected on the basis of their comment posted. The contest will close on 09/17/2016 at 12 a.m. CST.
I always spend some time thinking about how I want my book’s cover to look. When I was designing the Cookbook’s cover, I thought mostly about food and chefs. I had originally thought I might have some kind of kitchen scene with mice in chef hats and a snake on the mantle. But I wanted to take the idea of cooking and put a twist on it.
Instead of a kitchen, I thought of cowboys herding cattle and how they usually had a cook with them. So I went with that idea, although I didn’t have the herds of animals added to the cover.
To help differentiate the Cookbook from my previous works, I hired a different artist from my previous titles named Liza Tretyakova. You can check out some of her work on Behance or even contact her directly by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you happen to need a great artist.
I thought it might be fun for you to see how the cover art evolved as I worked with the artist to get my ideas for the cover turned into reality. Let’s start with the first sketch I got from Liza:
Continue reading wxPython Cookbook Cover Story
My second book, Python 201: Intermediate Python (ISBN: 978-0-9960628-3-1), is now finished and officially published. You can check it out at the following locations:
The paperback will become available on Amazon and other online retailers later this week or month depending on how long it takes Lulu to get it pushed out. I am also working on creating an iBook version for iTunes, but that isn’t complete at this time.