Functions in Python have a variety of extra features that make the programmer’s life easier. Some are similar to capabilities in other programming languages, but many are unique to Python. These extras can make a function’s purpose more obvious. They can eliminate noise and clarify the intention of callers. They can significantly reduce subtle bugs that are difficult to find. In this excerpt from Effective Python: 59 Specific Ways to Write Better Python, Brett Slatkin shows you 4 best practices for function arguments in Python.
In this chapter from NoSQL for Mere Mortals, Dan Sullivan helps you understand ways of assessing document database models and choosing the best techniques for your needs.
This chapter from Common Information Models for an Open, Analytical, and Agile World covers five software design patterns that illustrate different approaches to structuring your common information model.
iOS app developers draw on the same tools and languages used for OS X development. Erica Sadun, bestselling author of The Gourmet iOS Developer's Cookbook: Even More Recipes for Better iOS App Development, explores why iOS devs might want to consider building desktop applications.
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