- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (7 September 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492346136
- ISBN-13: 978-1492346135
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.4 x 24.6 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,31,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Python for Biologists: A Complete Programming Course for Beginners Paperback – 7 Sep 2013
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Highly recommended as a start to programming for anyone interested in a career in biology research.
Edited: Dropped another star. The way the information is presented would be great and could be deserving of 5 stars, except being guided into multiple pitfalls BEFORE showing you how to do things properly (yes, you're often shown the wrong way first, second, third, and fourth...) and the multiple errors in the very first set of exercises is pretty disappointing. The correct way needs to absolutely be shown first in order for the reader to understand why programming pitfalls exist. Trapping the reader into committing errors multiple times over in different ways before showing the proper syntax is unnecessarily confusing. This book really, really needs an editor. Way too many unintentional typos (not referring to the UK English used, but actual typos) and errors that are easy to gloss over if you're not paying really close attention. No surprise biologists with no programming experience reviewing the book think it should be 5 stars--as superficially, it's great--but once you get into the meat of it and understand what's going on you'll see a lot of problems.