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Pages: 77
Published: September 2020
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Pandas Brain Teasers

Exercise Your Mind

by Miki Tebeka

This book contains 25 simple programs that will challenge your understanding of Pandas. Like any big project, the Pandas developers had to make some design decisions that at times seem surprising. This book uses these quirks as a teaching opportunity. By understanding the gaps in your knowledge, you’ll become better at what you do. Some of the teasers are from my own experience shipping bugs to production, and some from others doing the same. Teasers are fun! We geeks love puzzles and solving them. Avoid mistakes and impress your co-workers using these teasers.


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At the beginning of each chapter Miki will show you a short Python program with Pandas code in it and will ask you to guess the output. The possible answers can be:

  • Syntax error
  • Exception
  • Some output (e.g. `[1 2 3]`)

There’s a lot of research showing that people who make mistakes during the learning process learn better than people who don’t. If you use this approach at work when fixing bugs, you’ll find you enjoy bug hunting more and become a better developer after each bug you fix.

Many of these brain teasers are from quizzes I gave at conferences and meetups. I’ve found out that people highly enjoy them and they tend to liven the room.

Before moving on to the answer and the explanation, go ahead and guess the output. After guessing the output I encourage you to run the code and see the output yourself, and then proceed to read the solution and the explanation. I’ve been teaching programming for many years and found this course of action to be highly effective.

What You Need

To run the code you’ll need Python version 3.8 or upper and Pandas version 1.0 or upper installed.

NOTE: I’m using Python version 3.8.3 and Pandas version 1.0.5, the output might change in future versions.

Resources

Releases:

  • P1.0 2020/09/14

Contents & Extracts

  • Why Pandas Brain Teasers?
  • Dedication
  • The Brain Teasers
    • Rectified
    • In or Out?
    • Month by Month.
    • Round and Round We Go
    • Let’s Get Schwifty.
    • Full of It
    • A Delicious Div Sum
    • Once Upon a Time
    • A Hefty Bonus
    • Free Range.
    • Phil? Nah!?
    • Multiplying
    • A 10% Discount
    • A Tale of One City
    • Free Range.
    • Y3K
    • Not My Type
    • Off With Their NaNs
    • Holding Out for a Hero.
    • It’s a Date!
    • What’s the Points?
    • Find Me A Phone Booth
    • Chain of Commands
    • Late Addition
    • Hit and Run
  • Thanks
  • Epilogue
  • Index

Author

Miki has a passion for teaching and mentoring. He teaches many workshops on various technical subjects all over the world and also mentored many young developers on their way to success. Miki is involved in open source, has several projects of his own, and contributed to several more - including the Python project. He has been using Python for close to 25 years and Pandas for about 10.

Miki wrote Forging Python, Python Brain Teasers, Go Brain Teasers and is an author in LinkedIn Learning. He’s an organizer of Go Israel Meetup, GopherCon Israel, and PyData Israel Conference.

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About This Title

Pages: 77
Published: September 2020
ISBN: pending
Edition: 1
In Print