Top 10 Best Books for Python Programming

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Books For Python Programming

Starting out with Python? Books are going to be your most reliable way to do so. Let’s find out the best books for Python programming today that will help you learn Python in the best possible way.

The Best Books for Python Programming

You can start exploring Journaldev’s Python archive if you want to know about specific Python modules and more. We continue to cover a lot of modules and programming examples on a very consistent basis.

But as promised, let’s find out the best books for Python programming to make sure your Python journey is smooth and you can get up and running quickly.

1. Python Crash Course 2nd Edition

Python Crash Course Best books for python programming
Python Crash Course

For someone starting out, seeing the first few successful projects will help boost the motivation to continue learning this powerful programming language. And this is one of the best books for Python programming that I’d recommend starting out with.

The book is filled with practical examples and projects that you can work on and see your first successful project. Once you get a hang of things here, you can go to some of the more advanced books or dive into the Python documentation.

2. A Smarter Way to Learn Python: Learn it faster. Remember it longer.

Smarter Way To Learn Python
Smarter Way To Learn Python

This is one of the unique books out there that teaches Python in a way that makes things very easy to consume and remember for the rest of the course.

Now if you’re looking for something that gives you a very detailed overview along and has a new teaching method compared to the other books and courses out there, give this book a shot.

It’s a good book for starters too.

3. Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist, 2nd edition

Think Python 1
Think Python 1

A programmers thought process is very different from a non-programmer. That’s because we see the underlying of all software technology very regularly.

This also helps us figure out ways to automate, speed up, and improve things that have the potential to be better.

But as a beginner, it is very difficult to imagine yourself looking at a piece of code and finding ways to improve it. That’s where this book is going to be your savior.

It helps you think like a computer scientist (as the sub heading promises) and introduces you to the thought process of a programmer. This book is a little on the serious side but is going to be an easy ready anyway.

4. Coding For Kids – Python: Learn to Code with 50 Awesome Games

Coding For Kids 1
Coding For Kids 1

Giving your kids an upstart into coding is going to be one of the best decisions that you’ll make as a parent. And that’s simply because the world has tended in such a technological direction, that without knowing at least a little bit of coding, your kids will be left out later on.

Now this is not to say that you need to turn your kid into a programmer, but introducing it at a young age develops a different perspective for looking at things. You learn to break things down into pieces and understand their functioning very well.

So, if you’re looking for an interactive, image filled book to teach your kids programming, start with Python, and start with this book specifically.

5. Learn Python 3 the Hard Way

Python The Hard Way
Python The Hard Way

All the books around you want to teach you Python within just a few days but this book takes a different direction. This is the book for people who want to take the real route to learn Python – the difficult route – and understand the language in its entirety.

Though it may not be the easiest way (well that’s an obvious), it sure is the right way to learn the language. Recommended as a really great learning method by a lot of real programmers with decades of programming experience, this the book you want if you need to get your hands “very” dirty.

6. Automate the Boring Stuff with Python: Practical Programming for Beginners

Automate Boring Stuff Python
Automate Boring Stuff Python

Automation geeks arise! This book is for people who hate repeating the same things over and over again. If you have been looking for better ways to automate your tasks that macros and hotkeys, take up this book and get automating a lot more things than you can imagine right now.

I am a complete automation geek (see bio if you don’t believe me) and anytime there’s a task that takes <5 minutes but is very repetitive, I will automate that thing.

And with Python + Selenium + Autohotkeys + Macros = You walk away from your PC and the PC does the work for you.

7. Advanced Python Programming

Advanced Python
Advanced Python

Already done with the basics? Want to move ahead and just can’t find where to start learning advanced python? This is one of the best books for python programming if you want to move to the advanced stuff.

The book goes into the depths of explaining concurrent and multi-threaded application design using some of the design templates available.

8. Mastering Object-Oriented Python

Python Object Oriented
Python Object Oriented

You understand the context, the syntax, and are able to use functional Python easily? Time to move on the Object-oriented programming which is what Python is actually made for. This is one of the best books for Python programming once you have gained a solid understanding of the language.

OOPs is a completely different way of thinking and coding compared to functional programming. So if you’re coming from a functionally programmed language like C, you’ll need some time to adjust to “objects”.

But nonetheless, the book does a great job at introducing and explaining the concepts of object oriented programming in Python.

9. Expert Python Programming: Python 3.7

Expert Python Programming
Expert Python Programming

By the time you finish the book, you’ll have developed a solid understanding of the best practices of coding in Python and a lot of the advanced Python programming concepts.

You’ll learn how to implement multi-environment code and how to handle dependencies within your code. But that’s not where it ends. It goes into the depths of teaching how to create Python libraries using C, C++, etc.

So you can consider yourself a full-fledged Python programmer after absorbing this book.

10. Hands-On Machine Learning with SkLearn, Keras, and TensorFlow

Machine Learning Python 1
Machine Learning Python

What’s learning Python without using the vast array of Machine learning libraries that are available for the language? I’d consider a Python programmer incomplete without knowing data-science and/or machine learning as their Python foundations.

If you look at the popularity of Python, you’ll also notice that Python started picking up in popularity when Machine learning started becoming mainstream.

So, finish your Python learning, and become a complete Python programmer with an in-demand programming skill – Machine Learning.

Time to read…

That’s it for this article. I’ve covered some of the best books for Python programming here. I hope this post helps you decide which book to go with.

If you’re having a hard time deciding which book to start working on first, just go with the first one that’s in the list. Except the first 5 books (which is where you can pick up any book to start with), the list is organized based on the level of Python you’d be at.

Hope this helps!

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