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An editorial comment

In the opinion of this author, the Python programming language in and of itself is not a particularly interesting programming language. In fact, to aprogrammer accustomed to compiled, strongly-typed programming languages such as C, C++, and Java, the Python programming language seems to be a little "sloppy"and fraught with pitfalls. However, in the grand scheme of things, as of 2015, Python is an extremely important programming language.

The importance of Python derives not from the language itself, but from the hundreds of independent open source Python libraries that have been developed byothers in such areas as image manipulation, networking, plotting and graphics, engineering and scientific programming, web development, gaming, cryptography,database, geographic information systems (GIS) , audio and music, presentation, XML processing, etc. In fact, it is hard to come up with a programmingapplication area where someone has not already supplemented the basic Python programming language with an open-source library designed for use in thatapplication area. Many of those libraries are Python wrappers for compiled C code providing speed and efficiency not normally associated with interpretedlanguages such as Python. A long list of such library modules is provided at UsefulModules . Many of the links on that page point to other pages that also contain lists of links. Aneven longer list is provided on the SciPy Topical Software page.

Reinforcing what you are learning

Although not required by the course, I highly recommend that you also study the material in the section of this Ebook titled Putting Python to Work in addition to the required material described earlier . Seeing how Python is actually used in practice may help you to develop and retain the knowledge required to succeed in thecourse.

Similarly, I also recommend that you study the material on the following three websitesin parallel with the material on this website to reinforce what you are learning :

  1. Python at Codecademy
  2. Program Arcade Games With Python And Pygame
  3. How To Think Like a Computer Scientist - Interactive Version

The first website listed above provides an interactive online Python tutorial that will help you learn the fundamentals of Python programming and test your progress along the way.

The second website listed above will not only help you learn about Python programming, but may also provide you with some enjoyment along the way.This website provides both text and video instruction, along with quizzes and programming projects to teach you how to use the Python language to writeinteractive arcade games involving sound, graphics, etc. While much of that material is beyond the scope of this course, you may find that learning thatmaterial will make the course more enjoyable.

The third website listed above is an excellent free online interactive Python textbook designed specifically for use in coursescommonly referred by computer science academics as CS-1 courses. The non-interactive version of the book is located here .


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Questions & Answers

are nano particles real
Missy Reply
Hello, if I study Physics teacher in bachelor, can I study Nanotechnology in master?
Lale Reply
no can't
where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
has a lot of application modern world
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
ya I also want to know the raman spectra
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
nanocopper obvius
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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