This is the second one edition of John Zelle’s Python Programming, up to date for Python 3. This book is designed for use as the primary textbook in a college-level first course in computing. It takes a slightly traditional approach, emphasizing problem solving, design, and programming as the core skills of computer science. Then again, these ideas are illustrated the usage of a non-traditional language, namely Python.
Although Python is used as the language, teaching Python is not the main point of this book. Quite, Python is used to illustrate fundamental principles of design and programming that apply in any language or computing environment. In some places, I have purposely have shyed away from certain Python features and idioms that don’t seem to be normally found in other languages.