Pages: 140 Published: June 2021 ISBN: 9781680508239 Edition: 1
Productive Development for Projects that Last
by David Muller
Developers power their projects with Python because it emphasizes
readability, ease of use, and access to a meticulously maintained set of
packages and tools. The language itself continues to improve with every
release: writing in Python is full of possibility. But to maintain a
successful Python project, you need to know more than just the language.
You need tooling and instincts to help you make the most out of what’s
available to you. Use this book as your guide to help you hone your
skills and sculpt a Python project that can stand the test of time.
No matter your experience level or background, Python’s
batteries-included standard library and rich third-party ecosystem
provide a solid foundation to build your projects on. With the right
intuition and background knowledge, you can take advantage of all the
power Python offers. Take a guided tour of some of Python’s high points
to craft a project that you can sustain and build on for a long time.
Run static analysis tools to detect and eliminate classes of bugs before
you run code. Experiment with Python’s concurrency model and develop
patterns for using Python’s thread and process abstractions to their
full potential. Introduce yourself to Python’s type hinting system:
mypy. Download and run third-party Python packages and do so safely
without compromising on security. Debug code using Python’s built in
debugger, and try procedures out in the interactive console. Run your
code under new versions of the Python interpreter to unlock performance
and usability improvements. All along the way, sharpen your Python
instincts so you can keep your code clean and reduce the chance of bugs.
Mine Python for all you can by playing to its strengths and embracing
patterns that harness its potential.
The books assumes you have some experience programming in any language
(not necessarily Python). To run the code presented in the book, you’ll
need a Python environment which you can download from
David Muller is a professional software engineer. He’s not a
stranger to other languages, but he gravitates to Python because of its
low barrier to entry and focus on readability. David has been writing
Python almost daily since he was introduced to the language in 2012
while studying bioinformatics at UC San Diego. He also authors Python
tutorials for Digital Ocean’s public knowledge base.