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Python Brain Teasers

Exercise Your Mind

by Miki Tebeka

This book contains 30 simple Python programs and will challenge your understanding of Python. The Python programming language is a simple one, but like all other languages it has its quirks. This book uses these quirks as a teaching opportunity. By understanding the gaps in your knowledge - you’ll become better at what you do. These teasers will help you avoid mistakes. 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. You can use these teasers to impress your co-workers.


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At the beginning of each chapter I’ll show you a short Python program and will ask you to guess the output. The possible answers can be:

  • Syntax error
  • Exception
  • Hang
  • 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, only 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

The books assumes you know Python at some level and have experience programming with it.

NOTE: I’m using Python version 3.8.2 to run the code, the output might change in future versions.

You will need a working Python environment, you can download it from python.org. You will probably want a good IDE for python, two of the most popular ones are Visual Studio Code and PyCharm.

Resources

Releases:

  • P1.0 2020/06/06

Contents & Extracts

  • Why Python Brain Teasers?
  • Foreword by Raymond Hettinger
  • Dedication
  • The Brain Teasers
    • 1. Ready Player One
    • 2. A Slice of π
    • 3. When in Kraków
    • 4. A Task to Do
    • 5. Send It to the Printer
    • 6. Spam, Spam, Spam
    • 7. User! Identify Yourself
    • 8. sorted? reversed?
    • 9. A Simple Math
    • 10. Will It Fit?
    • 11. Click the Button
    • 12. Attention Seeker
    • 13. Identity Crisis
    • 14. The Great Divide
    • 15. Where’s Waldo?
    • 16. Call Me Maybe
    • 17. Endgame
    • 18. Round and Round We Go
    • 19. TF (without IDF)
    • 20. A Divided Time
    • 21. Tell Me the Future
    • 22. Loop de Loop
    • 23. Path to Nowhere
    • 24. 12 Angry Men
    • 25. Look at the Pretty Colors
    • 26. Let’s Vote
    • 27. An Inside Job
    • 28. Here Kitty Kitty
    • 29. Not My Type
    • 30. Highly Valued
  • 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 more than 23 years.

Miki wrote Forging Python, 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: 80
Published: July 2020
ISBN: pending
Edition: 1
In Print