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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2004

    easy network programming

    In any computer language, network programming can be a miserable task. Witness the classic BSD and System V sockets and their usages under unix of the 1980s. Very powerful, yes. But equivalent to writing in assembly. Which brings us to one of the major attractions of a recent language like Python. If you learn best by example, then Goerzen may have done you a big favour. In some 175 example programs, he shows many ways to reach out across a network with Python. The book is not heavy on any abstruse theory or model. No talk of patterns or refactoring. But in fact, you can choose to regard some of the programs as equivalent to patterns of network usage under the language. Each chapter gives nontrivial code. You can see how Python comes with many routines that subsume grotty low level network details. Reduces the level of complexity that you have to deal with, and so improves your productivity with Python. The book's blurb says Python is replacing Perl. Really? That should be taken with several grains of salt. I'll leave it to other reviewers to take up this point. The only problem I have is with one aspect of Python. Not the author's fault, of course. But statements do not have to be terminated with a semicolon?! Crikey. C, C++, Pascal, Java and C# all enforce a semicolon. Not doing so takes us back to Fortran. Yeah, I know, once you get into coding Python, you get used to this. Purely a stylistic gripe. But still...

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