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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

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 .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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