Automate the Boring Stuff with Python
Practical Programming for Total Beginners
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: April 2015
Pages: 504

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.

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Great book. An invaluable tool to have at hand.

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    Comments about oreilly Automate the Boring Stuff with Python:

    * Great tour for a bunch of important Python packages.
    * The image manipulation part is a bit superficial.

     
    5.0

    Great Introduction to Python for everyone

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      Comments about oreilly Automate the Boring Stuff with Python:

      * You can skip the introduction if you already know python
      * Great tour for a bunch of important Python packages

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      5.0

      Good Begginner book with interesting examples

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        Comments about oreilly Automate the Boring Stuff with Python:

        This a great book that covers basics first and then gives very useful examples in the second half of the book. It's rare that a book covers both the basics and then very intersting topics like how to send email and texts via Python. I recommend this for anyone with repetitive office tasks.

         
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        Best choice for those who want to start learning programming

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        I use it as introduction to Python as i have been programming on Perl, bash and C++. I use it to do step-by-step exercises to learn basic syntax of the language.
        It's great book to comprehend basis of Python and that's what i've been looking for years.
        The great book as introduction to language. Unfortunately, you can't use it as language reference.
        Anyway, i completely enjoy reading the book.

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