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Automate the Boring Stuff with Python
“Do you need Automate the Boring Stuff with Python ? Yes, if you want to enhance your workflow by using automation, this is an excellent place to start. Highly recommended.”
— Network World
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 .
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The Linux Command Line
“I can honestly say I have found THE beginner’s guide to Linux.”
Jayson Broughton, Linux Journal
You’ve experienced the shiny, point-and-click surface of your Linux computer—now dive below and explore its depths with the power of the command line. The Linux Command Line takes you from your very first terminal keystrokes to writing full programs in Bash, the most popular Linux shell.
Learn how to:
Create and delete files, directories, and symlinks
Administer your system, including networking, package installation, and process management
Use standard input and output, redirection, and pipelines
Edit files with Vi, the world’s most popular text editor
Write shell scripts to automate common or boring tasks
Slice and dice text files with cut, paste, grep, patch, and sed
Once you overcome your initial “shell shock,” you’ll find that the command line is a natural and expressive way to communicate with your computer. Just don’t be surprised if your mouse starts to gather dust.
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The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy: Practical Tips for Staying Safe Online
“An illuminating handbook for women.”
“A straightforward how-to for protecting your privacy and undermining the social media settings that want you to share potentially intimate details with the world.”
In The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy , award-winning author and investigative journalist Violet Blue shows you how women are targeted online and how to keep yourself safe. Blue’s practical, user-friendly advice will teach you how to delete personal content from websites, recover from and prevent identity theft, figure out where the law protects you (and where it doesn’t), set up safe online profiles, and more.
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Hacking the Xbox: An Introduction to Reverse Engineering
"A piece of simple, succinct eloquence, this has fast become one of the most treasured books we own."
“The bible of a controversial geek movement.”
Hacking the Xbox begins with a few step-by-step tutorials on hardware modifications that teach basic hacking techniques as well as essential reverse-engineering skills. It includes numerous practical guides, such as soldering techniques, debugging tips, and
an Xboxhardware reference guide. Hacking the Xbox confronts the social and political issues facing today’s hacker, and introduces readers to the humans behind the hacks through several interviews with master hackers. It looks at the potential impact of today’s legal challenges to legitimate reverse-engineering activities, which are further examined in a chapter contributed by Lee Tien of the EFF about the rights and responsibilities of hackers.
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