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This is an introductory tutorial for Python, the popular object-oriented scripting language used in many domains, especially on the web. Programmers are beginning to use it for standalone programs and seeing dramatic productivity improvements. Authors Mark Lutz & David Ascher cover Python essentials and core concepts, organizing their text around major language features, not examples. The tutorial is based on a three day hands-on Python course. Nonetheless, a basic understanding of object-oriented programming concepts and scripting environments will help you to work quickly through this text. You should also download a free copy of Python and install it to work the examples and code; authors provide the information and sources.
- Core language section focuses on programming essentials, such as built-in types, statements, tools and packaged program components. Here, you also learn about types and operators, functions, modules, classes and exceptions.
- Builds upon core concepts as it explains how to use built-in tools and perform common programming tasks. Leads into frameworks and applications by introducing elements of COM, the GUI editor, Python and Java integration.
- This well-organized self-study tutorial clearly explains and annotates code. Discussions proceed from elementary to more difficult concepts and structures. End-of-chapter exercises are designed to make you think, not just regurgitate code.
- Appendices contain additional references, resources and solutions to exercises.
- Additional information is available on the authors' web site.
Afteryou have mastered this tutorial, you may be interested in more intermediate to advanced programming guides, such as Programming Python, and Internet Programming with Python. A Python pocket reference, The Python Pocket Reference, is also available.