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Dead Simple Python (An Announcement)

Jason C. McDonald
Author | Hacker | Speaker | Time Lord | Lead Software Engineer @ MousePaw Media
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First order of business, to all the fans of the Dead Simple Python series, fear not! More articles are coming this year!

As you've probably noticed, the series has been on hiatus since March, due to some unforeseen circumstances. In the past month, however, the reason for the delay has been very different, and quite exciting!

Dead Simple Python is going to be a full-length book! I signed on with No Starch Press (publisher of Python Crash Course and Automate the Boring Stuff With Python) earlier this month. I've been hard at work on the book ever since, converting the series so far into the first several chapters.

There are no release details yet, but you can probably expect to find Dead Simple Python on bookstore shelves sometime next year.

The book will contain all the same information as the article series, and much, much more! I'm diving into many topics that were skipped in the series, and including many expanded explanations.

Where Can I Get The Book?

The Dead Simple Python book won't be available until next year at the earliest. I'll post more details as we get closer to release.

When it does become available, since it's being published through No Starch Press, you'll be able to purchase it in print or eBook form from all major booksellers.

What About The Series?

You may be wondering what this means for the article series. Rest assured, this only means good things for it! No Starch Press has a long history of working with existing works, including Creative Commons books, and has happily agreed to the series remaining freely available here on

In fact, because of my workflow, this will guarantee that I finish the series!

Basically, my workflow looks like this...

  1. Write an article in the Dead Simple Python series.
  2. Use community feedback to improve article.
  3. Expand article into one or more chapters in the book.
  4. Chapter is thoroughly edited.

How Can I Help?

Keep reading the articles and giving your feedback in the comments! I read each and every response, and use them to improve the articles (and thus the book).

And, of course, please share the article series with your friends, co-workers, and social media connections.

Stay tuned for more of the Dead Simple Python series, coming VERY soon!

Discussion (5)

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Ryan Palo

Congratulations! That's amazing! You and No Starch probably have your own infrastructure/people for technical reviews already, but, just in case, if you ever need a technical reviewer (someone to read through the book, make sure the code examples run, give feedback on how the book/explanations flow), I would love to help out. I did it for @bphogan 's book Small, Sharp Software Tools, and it was super fun.

Anyways, congrats again, and I'm excited to see more of the series! :)

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Abdur-Rahmaan Janhangeer

Waiting to read it in book form 🔥

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Exciting! I love this series :)

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Jim park

Congratulations Jason. Well deserved 👍