Every Programmer loves free eBook and free courses, even more, if it comes from renowned technical book publishers like Oreilly and Manning. In the last article, I have shared some of the best
. These books are not illegal copies that are uploaded into the internet, but they are the legal books, made free by their authors and publishers, much like
, which their instructor made free for educational and promotional reasons. Though these are not full-fledged books but concise eBooks, they are very informative and comprehensive enough to learn things like
and Functional programming in Python.
The list contains different types of free Python books; some of them, like A Whirlwind Tour of Python, is useful for beginners and intermediate Python developers and others like 20 Python Libraries You Aren’t Using are very useful for experienced Python programmers.
The list also contains some real-world, practical advice on what not to do while working with Python in the form of “How to Make Mistakes in Python” free eBook. This is the one I liked most because we all make mistakes and if we continue to learn from our own mistakes we won’t learn much in whole life, but if we start learning from other’s mistakes, then we can quickly learn a lot of things.
Also learning from the own mistake is very costly, so you should always try to learn from other’s mistakes to avoid the same situation in your project and career. This free eBook is full of such stories. Btw, if you can spend few bucks (like $10) then I suggest you check out The Complete Python Bootcamp: Go from zero to hero in Python 3 course on Udemy.
It’s one of the best, most comprehensive courses to learn Python and would you believe it, I bought in just $10 on last Udemy sale. Considering the quality, of course, it’s definitely a $500 course and in $10, I literally feel that I got it for FREE.
So, without wasting any more time, here is my collection of free Python books which you will love. These books are not old and out-dated, they are quite the latest and cover the latest and greatest information. They are the best quality material that is made free by their author and publisher. You can also download each of these books in PDF, MOBI or EPUB format after signing Oreilly Newsletter.
The goal of this free Python Programming book is to provide an Informatics-oriented introduction to programming. The primary difference between a computer science approach and the Informatics approach taken in this book is a greater focus on using Python to solve data analysis problems common in the world of Informatics. The Python 2 version of the book is still available. You can download this free Python book in PDF, EPUB, and HTML format.
There is also a free course with the same title – Python for Everybody in Coursera which you can take along this book to learn better. The course is free-to-audit but you need to pay fees if you also need a certificate to show on your LinkedIn profile or resume.
3. Hadoop with Python
Author: Zachary Radtka and Donald Miner
Hadoop is mostly written in Java, but that doesn’t exclude the use of other programming languages with this distributed storage and processing framework, particularly Python. Zachary Radtka and Donald Miner, author of the O’Reilly book MapReduce Design Patterns, takes you through the basic concepts behind Hadoop, MapReduce, Pig, and Spark. He is a, which is based on his experiences as a MapReduce developer.
In this short and concise free Python ebook, you’ll learn how to use Python with the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), MapReduce, Spark, the Apache Pig platform and Pig Latin script, and the Apache Spark cluster computing framework.
4. How to Make Mistakes in Python
Author: Mike Pirnat
Even the best programmers make mistakes, and experienced programmer Mike Pirnat has made his share during 15+ years with Python. Some have been simple and silly; others were embarrassing and downright costly. In this free Python eBook, he dissects some of his most memorable blunders, peeling them back layer-by-layer to reveal just what went wrong.
For example, you could install every third-party package that looks interesting and ends up with a tangled mess where nothing works right. Or you could write a test that manages to break the build. Mike’s done both and so much more.
By avoiding these missteps, you’ll be free to make truly significant mistakes—the ones that advance the art of programming. It’s also a good companion for another free Python course from Udemy, Python for Absolute Beginners, which I have recommended to many of my readers for learning Python for free.
5. Functional Programming in Python
Author: David Mertz
Python is not a functional programming language, but it is a multi-paradigm language that makes functional programming easy to perform, and easy to mix with other programming styles. In this free Python book, David Mertz, author of Text Processing in Python, examines the functional aspects of the language and points out which options work well and which ones you should generally decline.
David Mertz describes ways to avoid Python’s imperative-style flow control, the nuances of callable functions, how to work lazily with iterators, and the use of higher-order functions. You will also learn several third-party Python libraries useful for functional programming in this free Python functional programming book.
6. Python in Education
Author: Nicholas Tollervey
You’ve probably heard about the computing revolution in schools, and perhaps you’ve even heard of Raspberry Pi. The Python programming language is at the center of these fundamental changes in computing education. Whether you’re a programmer, teacher, student, or parent, this reports arms you with the facts and information you need to understand where Python sits within this context.
In this free Python eBook, Author Nicholas Tollervey, author of Programming with MicroPython: Embedded Programming with Microcontrollers and Python book, takes you through the features that make Python appropriate for education and explains how an active Python community supports educational outreach. You’ll also learn how Raspberry Pi is inspiring a new generation of programmers with Python’s help.
7. Picking a Python Version: A Manifesto
Author: David Mertz
This free Python eBook guides you through the implicit decision tree of choosing what Python version, implementation, and distribution are best suited for you. It weighs and discusses the merits of each of these choices, and briefly discusses the reasons each option exists
8. 20 Python Libraries You Aren’t Using (But Should)
Author: Caleb Hattingh
This free Python programming book will help you to explore some of the lesser-known Python libraries and tools, including third-party modules and several extremely useful tools in the standard library that deserve more attention.
Author Caleb Hattingh diligently spent time finding and testing hidden gems in the huge crowd of Python open-source libraries that fit several criteria, like easy to install and use, cross-platform, applicable to more than one domain, and not yet popular but likely to become so soon.
You will learn about little-known standard library modules: collections, contextlib, concurrent. futures, logging, and sched in Python.
9. A Whirlwind Tour of Python
Author: DescriptoinJake VanderPlas
In short, these free Python books provide a brief yet comprehensive introduction to Python for engineers, researchers, and data scientists who are already familiar with another programming language, like Java, C++, or Ruby.
10. Test-Driven Development with Python
Author: by Harry Percival
Read Online: http://chimera.labs.oreilly.com/books/1234000000754
This book is only free for reading online, you cannot download PDF or EPUB version, if you need, then you can buy the eBook from Amazon.
11. Python Web Frameworks
Author Carlos De La Guardia
Carlos De La Guardia, the author of Web Development with Grok, introduces Python frameworks like Appier, Cyclone, and Fantastico to Grok, Muffin, and Twisted and Dive into details on the top six Python frameworks, like Django, Flask, Tornado, Bottle, Pyramid, and CherryPy.
That’s all about some of the best free Python Programming eBooks. You can download these books in PDF, MOBI, or EPUB format for online and offline reading. Though these books are short and concise, they still contain a wealth of information for Python developers and anyone wishes to learn more about Python. If you are looking for a more comprehensive resource then you can also combine these books with The Python Bible™ | Everything You Need to Program in Python course on Udemy.
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