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Basic Python

In preparation for offering Python as a subject I'm planning on reviewing and refreshing my basic Python programming skills using the online text "How to Think Like a Computer Scientist", located at:
As I progress through the chapters I plan on writing a brief summary and reflection on the topics covered. I also plan on posting my answers to selected problems from the text.
Python is an exciting, powerful, but easily learned programming language, with a large selection of libraries for achieving many common tasks from file i/o, networking, and various mathematical functions, to cross platform gui development, application scripting and automation, and other useful and advanced tasks.
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