By Al Sweigart

ISBN-10: 1593275994

ISBN-13: 9781593275990

If you have ever spent hours renaming documents or updating thousands of spreadsheet cells, you know the way tedious projects like those may be. yet what in case you may have your laptop do them for you?

In Automate the dull Stuff with Python, you will the right way to use Python to write down courses that do in mins what might take you hours to do through hand—no past programming adventure required. as soon as you have got mastered the fundamentals of programming, you are going to create Python courses that without difficulty practice worthwhile and bold feats of automation to:

  • Search for textual content in a dossier or throughout a number of files
  • Create, replace, flow, and rename records and folders
  • Search the internet and obtain on-line content
  • Update and structure information in Excel spreadsheets of any size
  • Split, merge, watermark, and encrypt PDFs
  • Send reminder emails and textual content notifications
  • Fill out on-line forms

Step-by-step directions stroll you thru each one application, and perform initiatives on the finish of every bankruptcy problem you to enhance these courses and use your newfound abilities to automate comparable tasks.

Don't spend it slow doing paintings a well-trained monkey may do. whether you've got by no means written a line of code, you can also make your machine do the grunt paintings. learn the way in Automate the dull Stuff with Python.

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Dissecting Your Program With your new program open in the file editor, let’s take a quick tour of the Python instructions it uses by looking at what each line of code does. 22 Chapter 1 Comments The following line is called a comment. u # This program says hello and asks for my name. Python ignores comments, and you can use them to write notes or remind yourself what the code is trying to do. Any text for the rest of the line following a hash mark (#) is part of a comment. Sometimes, programmers will put a # in front of a line of code to temporarily remove it while testing a program.

Chapter 2 describes functions in more detail. The input() Function The input() function waits for the user to type some text on the keyboard and press enter. w myName = input() This function call evaluates to a string equal to the user’s text, and the previous line of code assigns the myName variable to this string value. Python Basics 23 You can think of the input() function call as an expression that evaluates to whatever string the user typed in. If the user entered 'Al', then the expression would evaluate to myName = 'Al'.

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