Practices of the Python Pro

by Dane Hillard
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Software development is becoming more and more accessible every day. Free and affordable online resources are helping more people than ever before learn how to write code.

Python is one of the most popular programming languages today. If you work in data science, machine learning, or computational sciences you've probably used Python. Unless you've been writing code every day in a collaborative environment for several years, though, you may be missing out on a number of industry practices that can help you.

A big part of professional Python development is writing easy-to-read code that other developers can understand and verify. Practices of the Python Pro teaches you how to design software with intent, solidifying your understanding with chapters of examples and exercies in Python. Learn how to separate concerns, encapsulate and abstract behavior, and use design patterns to achieve loose coupling. You'll come away with tools to build flexible code you can share easily with others.

Practices of the Python Pro is available in English and is currently being translated into simplified Chinese and Korean.

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About the author

Dane Hillard is a software engineer, web developer, and international Python conference speaker interested in education, biotechnology, and open source. Dane has been writing Python software professionally for almost a decade.

Dane has a B.S.E. in computer engineering with a minor in mathematics from the University of Michigan. As a software engineer, Dane has worked on intelligence research and development at SAIC (now Leidos) and personalized cancer genomics at Compendia Bioscience (now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific). As a lead web application developer at ITHAKA, his focus is mainly on web development in Python, Django, and front-end technologies to enable academic research.

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