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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2004

    Many virtues of Python

    Today's programming world has a multitude of languages to choose from. One recent up-and-comer is Python. Why? Mark Pilgrim gives a forceful presentation of its virtues. Veterans of other languages will see here a reimplementation of many nice features of several languages. For example, C++ has its Standard Template Library. And the default Java installation comes replete with an extensive library. So too does Python. Pilgrim covers examples of key libraries in various chapters. Like one that knows HTML and another than can parse XML. So you don't have to go back to writing grungy low level code. And writing an XML parser is very tricky to get right. Java and C# programmers have also found introspection to be vital for writing more flexible and modular programs. So that one class can dynamically find another class's methods at runtime. Guess what? Python lets you do this too. Python is also fully object oriented. Not bad for a 'mere' scripting language. Unlike some others, that are just weakly OO. The style of the book is example-driven, with carefully chosen examples that introduce key sections of Python. In some way, like a bottoms-up approach. Pilgrim is forthright about the presentation; deliberately eshewing a more elegant, theoretical layout. Very nuts and bolts.

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