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Automate the Boring Stuff with Python: Practical Programming for Total BeginnersNo Starch Press
“Do you need Automate the Boring Stuff with Python ? Yes, if you want to enhance your workflow by using automation, this is an excellent place to start. Highly recommended.”
— Network World
If you’ve ever spent hours renaming files or updating hundreds of spreadsheet cells, you know how tedious tasks like these can be. But what if you could have your computer do them for you?
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.
Don’t spend your time doing work a well-trained monkey could do. Even if you’ve never written a line of code, you can make your computer do the grunt work. Learn how in Automate the Boring Stuff with Python .
Automate the Boring Stuff with Python: Practical Programming for Total Beginners Al Sweigart
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The Linux Command Line: A Complete IntroductionNo Starch Press
“I can honestly say I have found THE beginner’s guide to Linux.”—
Jayson Broughton, Linux Journal
You’ve experienced the shiny, point-and-click surface of your Linux computer—now dive below and explore its depths with the power of the command line. The Linux Command Line takes you from your very first terminal keystrokes to writing full programs in Bash, the most popular Linux shell.
Learn how to:·
Create and delete files, directories, and symlinks·
Administer your system, including networking, package installation, and process management·
Use standard input and output, redirection, and pipelines·
Edit files with Vi, the world’s most popular text editor·
Write shell scripts to automate common or boring tasks·
Slice and dice text files with cut, paste, grep, patch, and sed
Once you overcome your initial “shell shock,” you'll find that the command line is a natural and expressive way to communicate with your computer. Just don’t be surprised if your mouse starts to gather dust.
The Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction William E. Shotts, Jr.
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Learn You A Haskell for Great Good!No Starch Press
It's all in the name: Learn You a Haskell for Great Good! is a hilarious, illustrated guide to this complex functional language. Packed with the author's original artwork, pop culture references, and most importantly, useful example code, this book teaches functional fundamentals in a way you never thought possible.
You'll start with the kid stuff: basic syntax, recursion, types and type classes. Then once you've got the basics down, the real black belt master-class begins: you'll learn to use applicative functors, monads, zippers, and all the other mythical Haskell constructs you've only read about in storybooks.
As you work your way through the author's imaginative (and occasionally insane) examples, you'll learn to:
- Laugh in the face of side effects as you wield purely functional programming techniques
- Use the magic of Haskell's "laziness" to play with infinite sets of data
- Organize your programs by creating your own types, type classes, and modules
- Use Haskell's elegant input/output system to share the genius of your programs with the outside world
Learn You A Haskell for Great Good! Miran Lipovača
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Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good!No Starch Press
Erlang is the language of choice for programmers who want to write robust, concurrent applications, but its strange syntax and functional design can intimidate the uninitiated. Luckily, there’s a new weapon in the battle against Erlang-phobia: Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good!
Erlang maestro Fred Hébert starts slow and eases you into the basics: You’ll learn about Erlang’s unorthodox syntax, its data structures, its type system (or lack thereof!), and basic functional programming techniques. Once you’ve wrapped your head around the simple stuff, you’ll tackle the real meat-and-potatoes of the language: concurrency, distributed computing, hot code loading, and all the other dark magic that makes Erlang such a hot topic among today’s savvy developers.
As you dive into Erlang’s functional fantasy world, you’ll learn about:
- Testing your applications with EUnit and Common Test
- Building and releasing your applications with the OTP framework
- Passing messages, raising errors, and starting/stopping processes over many nodes
- Storing and retrieving data using Mnesia and ETS
- Network programming with TCP, UDP, and the inet module
- The simple joys and potential pitfalls of writing distributed, concurrent applications
Packed with lighthearted illustrations and just the right mix of offbeat and practical example programs, Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good! is the perfect entry point into the sometimes-crazy, always-thrilling world of Erlang.
Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good! Fred Hébert
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The Book of F#: Breaking Free with Managed Functional ProgrammingNo Starch Press
F# brings the power of functional-first programming to the .NET Framework, a platform for developing software in the Microsoft Windows ecosystem. If you're a traditional .NET developer used to C# and Visual Basic, discovering F# will be a revelation that will change how you code, and how you think about coding.
In The Book of F# , Microsoft MVP Dave Fancher shares his expertise and teaches you how to wield the power of F# to write succinct, reliable, and predictable code. As you learn to take advantage of features like default immutability, pipelining, type inference, and pattern matching, you'll be amazed at how efficient and elegant your code can be.
You'll also learn how to:
- Exploit F#'s functional nature using currying, partial application, and delegation
- Streamline type creation and safety with record types and discriminated unions
- Use collection types and modules to handle data sets more effectively
- Use pattern matching to decompose complex types and branch your code within a single expression
- Make your software more responsive with parallel programming and asynchronous workflows
- Harness object orientation to develop rich frameworks and interact with code written in other .NET languages
- Use query expressions and type providers to access and manipulate data sets from disparate sources
The Book of F#: Breaking Free with Managed Functional Programming Dave Fancher