This book is the third in a series on how to use Linux for programming. It guides you through the steps of getting started with using the Python programming language to get started with Linux. Python is the ideal Linux programming language, at least for beginners, partially because it so closely resembles human language. It is one of the most accessible and easy to learn. And like Linux, it is open source! Anyone can view the source code and submit changes. This book begins by explaining in detail what Python is and why it is best suited for Linux programming, even though the Linux kernel is written in a different programming language (C). It gives you some tips and tricks for how to use Python with Linux without any confusion between the two languages. It then explains some of the most basic features of Python, such as the syntax it uses, what loops are, Boolean expressions, and writing out simple codes. From there, it gives you some tips and tricks on how to use Python to program with Linux, such as using it in a command line terminal, in an integrated development environment (IDLE), to build and edit applications, and to write patches. This book is a great resource for Python and Linux beginners, and those who have some working knowledge but want a firmer foundation to build off of. By the time you finish this book, you will have a working knowledge of how to use Python. You will be able to build on that knowledge as you continue to develop your skills as a programmer.
Author: Daniel Jones