1GETTING STARTED

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Programming involves writing code to solve a problem. As such, I want to solve problems with you from the outset. That is, rather than learning Python concept by concept and then solving a problem, we’re going to use a problem to dictate the concepts we need to learn.

In this chapter, we’ll solve two problems: determining the number of words in a line (like the word-count feature in a word processor) and calculating the volume of a cone. Solving these problems requires a tour of quite a few Python concepts. You may feel that you need more details to fully understand some of what I introduce here and how it all fits together in ...

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