Programming Python

Programming Python

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by Mark Lutz
     
 

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Already the industry standard for Python users, Programming
Python
from
O'Reilly just got even better. This third edition has been updated to
reflect current best practices and
the abundance of changes introduced by the latest version of the
language, Python 2.5.


Whether you're a novice or an advanced
practitioner, you'll find

Overview

Already the industry standard for Python users, Programming
Python
from
O'Reilly just got even better. This third edition has been updated to
reflect current best practices and
the abundance of changes introduced by the latest version of the
language, Python 2.5.


Whether you're a novice or an advanced
practitioner, you'll find this
refreshed book more than lives up to its reputation. Programming
Python
, 3rd Edition, teaches you the right
way to code. It explains Python language syntax and programming
techniques in a clear and concise
manner, with numerous examples that illustrate both correct usage and
common idioms. By reading this
comprehensive guide, you'll learn how to apply Python in real-world
problem domains such as:


  • GUI programming

  • Internet scripting

  • Parallel processing

  • Database management

  • Networked applications

Programming Python, Third Edition covers
each of these
target domains
gradually, beginning with in-depth discussions of core concepts and
then progressing toward complete
programs. Large examples do appear, but only after you've learned
enough to understand their techniques and
code.



Along the way, you'll also learn how to use the Python language in
realistically scaled programs--concepts such as Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) and code reuse
are recurring side themes throughout this
text. If you're interested in Python programming, then this O'Reilly
classic needs to be within arm's reach. The
wealth of practical advice, snippets of code, and patterns of program
design can all be put into use on a
daily basis--making your life easier and more productive.



Reviews of the second edition:


"...about as comprehensive as any book can be."

--Dr. Dobb's Journal


"If the language had manuals, they would undoubtedly
be the texts from O'Reilly...'Learning Python' and 'Programming Python'
are definitive treatments."


--SD Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449302757
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/14/2010
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1632
Sales rank:
536,010
File size:
19 MB
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Meet the Author

Mark Lutz is the world leader in Python training, the author of Python's earliest and best-selling texts, and a pioneering figure in the Python community since 1992. He has been a software developer for 25 years, and is the author of O'Reilly's Programming Python, 3rd Edition and Python Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition.

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Programming Python 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the world of this book; Mark Lutz has done a fantastic job writing a comprehensive guide for many of Python's most useful features. I own the hard copy of the first release of the fourth edition, and it has been a fine resource for me, the last couple of years. It's an enormous book, though, and I wanted a more portable version. I opted for the Nook version rather than the PDF version from O'Reilly, and I believe this was the wrong choice. As a Nook product, Programming Python 4/e has a number of very frustrating flaws. First, the text of this ebook is that of the late 2010 release. The print version of the 4th edition has been updated a few times since the 2010 first printing, as indicated on the copyright pages of the respective printings, but the Nook edition I purchased in March 2013 does not include those updates. Caveat emptor. A second and far more value-diminishing flaw is that there is no Table of Contents within the text, for navigating straight to the topic you're interested in. This is an unbelievable omission: the book is 1,600 pages in hard copy, and 6,206 pages on my Nook device. That's a lot of ground to navigate without a map! (Nook's "Go To" function does work, but it only pulls up links to the six main parts of the book, plus the front matter and index--not the individual chapters, let alone the detailed sub-headings listed in the printed book's wonderfully complete 17-page Table of Contents. True, following the "Go To" link to Part III will pull up a list of the chapters in that part; but again, there is no way to navigate directly to the section you are interested in.) The typical chapter is about a hundred printed pages long, which amounts to several hundred pages on the Nook. Inevitably, unless the topic you are looking for happens to be on page one of a chapter, you'll end up spending a great deal of time skimming page after page after page, hoping to find what you are looking for, eventually. This introduces a fantastic waste of time into a busy programmer's workflow, and undermines one of the main reasons for using an ebook rather than a printed book: swiftness and convenience of access. Third, and most depressingly, the text formatting on the Nook completely messes up the whitespace in the code samples. If you're a Python programmer, that fact alone is reason enough to pass on this Nook edition. I would love to give five stars to Lutz's excellent book. But the parties responsible for converting his fine text have rendered it a virtually unusable, one-star Nook product.
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