Registered 2009-12-15 by Brendan McCane

This is an open source introductory textbook to learn practical programming skills in the Python language.

The textbook is meant as a first programming course and is tightly aligned with the University of Otago introductory programming course called Practical Programming (

This textbook is a modified version of "How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning with Python 2nd Edition", by Jeffrey Elkner, Allen B. Downey and Chris Meyers (

We welcome contributions or suggestions of any sort.

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released on 2016-02-10

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