Murach’s Python Programming – Joel Murach Interview

Hello everyone! Today’s another Python-day! Our featured book is about Python, written by Joel Murach and Michael Urban, edited by Mike Murach. Who is our featured author? It’s Joel Murach! Murach’s Python Programming is one of the best-selling books in Computer Technology, Top 300 in Python sub-category, Top 1000 in Web Programming sub-category and Top 2000 in Web Development and Design sub-category. Those numbers said it all, it’s really one of the best.

Aside from Murach’s Python Programming, Joel also authored/co-authored some books like Murach’s MySQL – 2nd EditionMurach’s C# 2015Murach’s Java Programming (5th Edition) and more. All books are also in top-selling books in Computer and Technology category.

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Name: Joel Murach
Background: BA in Music from U.C. Berkeley, followed by many years of writing about computer programming
Favorite gadget: The Atari 2600 game console I had as a kid
Hobbies: Playing music, surfing, and playing soccer


What is your book about, and why should our readers read it?

My book is an introductory book about Python programming. I wrote it with another programmer named Michael Urban. Your readers should read it if they don’t have any experience programming, but they want to learn how to program. That’s because Python has a simple syntax that makes it easier to learn than most programming languages. Your readers also might want to read it if they already know another programming language, but they want to learn Python. That’s because this book uses a self-paced approach that lets you learn Python faster and more thoroughly than you’ve ever learned a language before.

What, in your opinion, is the current most exciting technological advancement and why?

These days, I think the advancements in big data, AI, and robotics are really exciting. Taken together, I think they’re going to revolutionize the way the world works. I think they will eliminate a lot of the monotonous, mundane tasks that are currently done by people. I hope that this might free up people to have more free time for more creative and fun pursuits, though I think that will depend on how the governments of the world respond to these changes.

What inspired you to write your book/s?

To be honest, I fell into it because it was the family business. My dad started our company back in 1974 when I was a kid, and I always admired him and thought it was cool that he wrote for a living. After I finished college, I wanted to play music, but when I needed to start making some decent money, I ended up going to work for my dad’s company and learning a lot about computer programming. Still, it has worked out well for me because I enjoy programming and learning about new technologies, and I get a great satisfaction from sharing what I’ve learned with others through our books.

How do you like your job?

I like it a lot. It’s intellectually challenging, and I like creating books and e-books.

If there’s one chapter in your book people should have read, which one should it be, and why?

In my Python book, there are 18 chapters, and they’re all interesting and important to read if you want to learn Python. A better question might be which one could people skip? For that, I think people could skip chapter 13, which deals with recursion. We covered this because recursion is an important concept in computer science. However, you can typically use loops instead of recursion to solve a problem, and that’s usually more common and efficient in Python.

As an author, which book made the most impact on you?

The Pragmatic Programmer by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas had a big impact on me. It’s almost 20 years old now, but it still has a lot of great advice and ideas about programming.

If there’s one subject you’d like to see a book about, what would it be?

All the subjects I’m interested in have had books written about them. However, there’s always room for a book that covers a subject better than ever before.

What would you like to ask the next author being interviewed?

What part of the writing process do you enjoy most?


Thank you to our featured author, Joel Murach for accepting our interview invitation. Thank you for being so kind to us! More books for you for the coming year! And as always, to our dear readers and supporters, thank you so much for the never ending support! All of our hard works are for you all! May all of us have a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year! See you all next year!

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