Python Essential Reference (Developer's Library Series) / Edition 4
  • Python Essential Reference (Developer's Library Series) / Edition 4
  • Python Essential Reference (Developer's Library Series) / Edition 4

Python Essential Reference (Developer's Library Series) / Edition 4

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by David M. Beazley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0672329786

ISBN-13: 9780672329784

Pub. Date: 07/21/2009

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

Python Essential Reference is the definitive reference guide to the Python programming language — the one authoritative handbook that reliably untangles and explains both the core Python language and the most essential parts of the Python library.

Designed for the professional programmer, the book is concise, to the point, and highly accessible. It also

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Overview

Python Essential Reference is the definitive reference guide to the Python programming language — the one authoritative handbook that reliably untangles and explains both the core Python language and the most essential parts of the Python library.

Designed for the professional programmer, the book is concise, to the point, and highly accessible. It also includes detailed information on the Python library and many advanced subjects that is not available in either the official Python documentation or any other single reference source.

Thoroughly updated to reflect the significant new programming language features and library modules that have been introduced in Python 2.6 and Python 3, the fourth edition of Python Essential Reference is the definitive guide for programmers who need to modernize existing Python code or who are planning an eventual migration to Python 3. Programmers starting a new Python project will find detailed coverage of contemporary Python programming idioms.

This fourth edition of Python Essential Reference features numerous improvements, additions, and updates:

  • Coverage of new language features, libraries, and modules
  • Practical coverage of Python's more advanced features including generators, coroutines, closures, metaclasses, and decorators
  • Expanded coverage of library modules related to concurrent programming including threads, subprocesses, and the new multiprocessing module
  • Up-to-the-minute coverage of how to use Python 2.6’s forward compatibility mode to evaluate code for Python 3 compatibility
  • Improved organization for even faster answers and better usability
  • Updates to reflect modern Python programming style and idioms
  • Updated and improved example code
  • Deep coverage of low-level system and networking library modules — including options not covered in the standard documentation

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780672329784
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
07/21/2009
Series:
Developer's Library Series
Edition description:
Fourth
Pages:
717
Sales rank:
143,182
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: The Python Language

1 A Tutorial Introduction

2 Lexical Conventions and Syntax

3 Types and Objects

4 Operators and Expressions

5 Program Structure and Control Flow

6 Functions and Functional Programming

7 Classes and Object-Oriented Programming

8 Modules, Packages, and Distribution

9 Input and Output

10 Execution Environment

11 Testing, Debugging, Profiling, and Tuning

Part II: The Python Library

12 Built-In Functions

13 Python Runtime Services

14 Mathematics

15 Data Structures, Algorithms, and Utilities

16 String and Text Handling

17 Python Database API

18 File Handling

19 Operating System Services

20 Threads and Concurrency

21 Network Programming and Sockets

22 Internet Application Programming

23 Web Programming

24 Internet Data Handling and Encoding

25 Miscellaneous Library Modules

Part III: Extending and Embedding

26 Extending and Embedding Python

Appendix

A Python 3

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Python Essential Reference (Developer's Library Series) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Straight to the point, no B.S. Python Desktop reference.
Robert Hancock More than 1 year ago
I have programmed in Python for over 6 years and I still consult this book. The best book on Python bar none. It is worth the price just for the section on multiprocessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after listening to a talk by Beazley on Python's Global Interpreter Lock. I was impressed with the clarity of his presentation and decided to buy the book. The book covers a broad range of topics and is useful as a reference. The writing is generally very good. I give it 4 stars only because of two minor complaints. (1) The formatting of the programs is not as pretty as it can be, and sometimes incorrect (Python programs depend on indentation, so dear publisher: please be careful with typesetting code). (2) I wish some of the advanced topics could be covered in more detail, e.g., method resolution order, properties, etc. (material in Chapter 7). Also, topics like multiprocessing deserve more in-depth treatment than is given in the book. For a book like this, more basic stuff can be omitted to make room for the advanced material. Also, the book has almost no diagrams, which would be tremendously helpful in explaining how things are implemented and how accordingly to write efficient code.
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