Writing Programs in Python
IN THIS CHAPTER
Using variables, strings, lists, and dictionaries
Accepting user input and printing to the screen
Using for and while loops
Using conditional statements for decision-making
Creating and using your own functions
In this chapter, we 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 Python easiest to learn if you create the examples with us, but you can also download the finished programs from this book’s website. For more information on accessing the website, see the Introduction.
In a book of this size, it’s not possible to cover everything you can do with Python, but this chapter ...