Home | Buy on No Starch Press | Buy on Amazon | @AlSweigart | PayPal – The safer, easier way to pay online! Automate the Boring Stuff with Python Practical programming for total beginners. Written by Al Sweigart. Free to read under a Creative Commons license. Cover image of Automate the Boring Stuff with Python Learn to Code If you’ve ever spent hours renaming files or updating hundreds of spreadsheet cells, you know how tedious tasks like these can be. But what if you could have your computer do them for you? In Automate the Boring Stuff with Python, you’ll learn how to use Python to write programs that do in minutes what would take you hours to do by hand-no prior programming experience required. Once you’ve mastered the basics of programming, you’ll create Python programs that effortlessly perform useful and impressive feats of automation to: Search for text in a file or across multiple files Create, update, move, and rename files and folders Search the Web and download online content Update and format data in Excel spreadsheets of any size Split, merge, watermark, and encrypt PDFs Send reminder emails and text notifications Fill out online forms Step-by-step instructions walk you through each program, and practice projects at the end of each chapter challenge you to improve those programs and use your newfound skills to automate similar tasks. Don’t spend your time doing work a well-trained monkey could do. Even if you’ve never written a line of code, you can make your computer do the grunt work. Learn how in Automate the Boring Stuff with Python. Udemy Online Video Course The Automate the Boring Stuff with Python Programming online course on Udemy.com covers most of the content of the book. If you’d prefer a video format for learning to program, you can use the discount code FOR_LIKE_10_BUCKS to get an 80% discount. You will have lifetime access to the course content and can post questions to the course’s forums. Table of Contents Chapter 0 – Introduction Chapter 1 – Python Basics Chapter 2 – Flow Control Chapter 3 – Functions Chapter 4 – Lists Chapter 5 – Dictionaries and Structuring Data Chapter 6 – Manipulating Strings Chapter 7 – Pattern Matching with Regular Expressions Chapter 8 – Reading and Writing Files Chapter 9 – Organizing Files Chapter 10 – Debugging Chapter 11 – Web Scraping Chapter 12 – Working with Excel Spreadsheets Chapter 13 – Working with PDF and Word Documents Chapter 14 – Working with CSV Files and JSON Data Chapter 15 – Keeping Time, Scheduling Tasks, and Launching Programs Chapter 16 – Sending Email and Text Messages Chapter 17 – Manipulating Images Chapter 18 – Controlling the Keyboard and Mouse with GUI Automation Appendix A – Installing Third-Party Modules Appendix B – Running Programs Appendix C – Answers to the Practice Questions Additional Content Download files used in the book List of CSS Selector Tutorials List of JSON APIs List of Programming Practice Sites List of Web Comics Schedulers for Windows, Mac, and Linux How to Do PyCon (or any tech conference) About the Author Al Sweigart is a software developer and teaches programming to kids and adults. He has written several books for beginners, including Scratch Programming Playground, Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python, Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python, and Making Games with Python & Pygame Support the author by purchasing the print & ebook bundle from No Starch Press or separately on Amazon. Read the author’s other Creative Commons licensed Python books. Invent with Python book cover thumbnail Making Games with Python and Pygame book cover thumbnail Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python book cover thumbnail


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