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“Automate the Boring Stuff with Python” is a popular book by Al Sweigart that teaches you how to use Python programming to automate repetitive tasks and make your life easier. While I can’t provide you with the entire content of the book, I can give you a brief overview of some of the topics it covers and provide you with a simple Python script as an example.

Here’s a simple Python script that automates the task of renaming multiple files in a directory:

import os

# Specify the directory where the files are located
directory = "/path/to/your/directory"

# Get a list of all files in the directory
file_list = os.listdir(directory)

# Define a function to rename files
def rename_files():
    for filename in file_list:
        if filename.endswith(".txt"):
            # Define the new filename by replacing "old" with "new"
            new_filename = filename.replace("old", "new")

            # Construct the full paths for the old and new filenames
            old_path = os.path.join(directory, filename)
            new_path = os.path.join(directory, new_filename)

            # Rename the file
            os.rename(old_path, new_path)

# Call the function to rename files

Make sure to replace “/path/to/your/directory” with the actual path to the directory containing the files you want to rename. This script will rename all files with a “.txt” extension in the specified directory, replacing “old” with “new” in their filenames.

This is just a simple example, and the book “Automate the Boring Stuff with Python” covers many more topics, such as working with spreadsheets, automating web scraping, and interacting with APIs. You can refer to the book for more in-depth guidance and examples on automating various tasks using Python.

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