Writing Programs in Python
In This Chapter
Accepting user input and printing to the screen
Using variables, strings, lists, and dictionaries
Using conditional statements for decision-making
Creating and using your own functions
In this chapter, we’re going to introduce you to Python, a powerful programming language that’s widely used commercially.
One of the best ways to learn programming is to study other people’s programs, so in this chapter, we talk you through two different programs. One is a simple calculator for multiplication tables. The other is an artificial intelligence simulation that enables you to chat with your Raspberry Pi.
You’ll probably find it easiest to learn if you try creating the examples with us, but you can also download the finished programs from the book’s website. For more information on accessing this book’s website, see the Introduction.
In a book of this size, it’s not possible to cover everything you can do with ...