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Automate the Boring Stuff with Python: Practical Programming for Total… (2015)

by Al Sweigart

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I only skimmed this as not being a total beginner it didn't have much to teach me, but it looked like a decent introduction. For a fair amount of stuff in this book my first instinct would be to use a quick shell script, but let's be honest: Python can often be much easier to read and write. That probably doesn't mean I'll change my habits but it's good to reflect on which tool is most effective for the job.

If you don't know about it, reading up on regular expressions is something you must absolutely do. It might as well be from this book. Then there's other stuff like generating random quiz files which is always good to know. There was one thing that was completely new to me: I'd never heard of PyAutoGUI. It could be interesting for automated form filling, although I have no present use for it. Oh yeah, and the book isn't one of those super dry programming books. Occasionally it can be quite funny. ( )
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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.… (more)

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