© 2014

Python Programming Fundamentals


Part of the Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science book series (UTICS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Kent D. Lee
    Pages 1-38
  3. Kent D. Lee
    Pages 39-61
  4. Kent D. Lee
    Pages 63-89
  5. Kent D. Lee
    Pages 91-113
  6. Kent D. Lee
    Pages 115-143
  7. Kent D. Lee
    Pages 145-161
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    Pages 163-188
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    Pages 189-190
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    Pages 191-191
  11. Kent D. Lee
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    Pages 197-198
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    Pages 201-212
  14. Kent D. Lee
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  15. Kent D. Lee
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  16. Kent D. Lee
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  17. Back Matter
    Pages 229-239

About this book


This easy-to-follow and classroom-tested textbook guides the reader through the fundamentals of programming with Python, an accessible language which can be learned incrementally. This revised and updated new edition will teach students how to recognize and apply abstract patterns in programming through the extensive use of illustrative examples and practical exercises. The book also demonstrates the benefit of using a debugger to inspect the state of a program while it is executing.

Topics and features:

  • Incudes numerous examples and practice exercises throughout the text, with additional exercises, solutions and review questions at the end of each chapter
  • Highlights the patterns which frequently appear when writing programs, reinforcing the application of these patterns for problem-solving through practice exercises
  • Introduces the use of a debugger tool to inspect a program, enabling students to discover for themselves how programs work and enhance their understanding
  • Presents the Tkinter framework for building graphical user interface applications and event-driven programs
  • Provides instructional videos and additional information for students, as well as support materials for instructors, at an associated website

Ideal for introductory programming courses for undergraduates in computer science, this hands-on textbook for interactive classroom learning will help students to develop the necessary skills to begin writing their own programs. Due to the wealth of support material available, Python is selected as a good first language with little “overhead” in learning to write simple programs.

Dr. Kent D. Lee is Professor of Computer Science at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, USA. He is the author of the forthcoming Springer textbooks Data Structures and Algorithms with Python and Foundations of Programming Languages.


Programming Python Software Engineering Tkinter API Wing IDE

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Luther CollegeDecorahUSA

About the authors

Dr. Kent D. Lee is Professor of Computer Science at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, USA. He is the author of the forthcoming Springer textbooks Data Structures and Algorithms with Python and Foundations of Programming Languages.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Python Programming Fundamentals
  • Authors Kent D. Lee
  • Series Title Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title Undergraduate Topics Computer Sci.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4471-6641-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4471-6642-9
  • Series ISSN 1863-7310
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-1781
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XII, 239
  • Number of Illustrations 11 b/w illustrations, 53 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Programming Languages, Compilers, Interpreters
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“The book emphasizes hands-on learning, which makes sense when learning programming. An undergraduate student that has a computer with a Python integrated development environment (IDE) and this book can learn a lot and do some interesting projects. The book is also suitable for high school students interested in programming assignments and projects. A highly readable and compact book, students and beginning programmers will like it.” (Naga Narayanaswamy, Computing Reviews, September, 2015)

“The introduction is well written and enables you to configure the WingIDE within minutes and start using the book. At the end of each chapter, there are programming tasks, most of which are resolved quite well a few pages after. This is a big plus. … if you have passion for easy-to-install scripting languages and you are interested in Python – the book is quite OK for a start!” (Vitosh, Vitosh Academy,, February, 2015)