Python Essential Reference

Python Essential Reference

by David M. Beazley, Guido Van Rossum
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Python Essential Reference 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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The author did a great job of including a ton of information in a clear and succinct reference. This is not a book that will teach a newbie all about programming. However, it is perfect for those that have at least some programming experience, whether in Python or some other language, and need a reference while coding in Python.
For those new to the language who find themselves wondering 'How do I do that in Python?', the first chapter includes a short (11 page) tutorial that demonstrates using:
- Variables
- Conditionals
- File I/O
- Strings
- Lists & Tuples
- Loops
- Dictionaries
- Functions
- Classes
- Exceptions
- Modules
The tutorial section is nice while getting up to speed with Python's syntax.
The rest of the book goes into a bit more detail on rest of the Python's language features with the exception of some of the more inconspicuous ones. Most of the 'raw' information in the book is available on or other online resources, but with the book you get that same information filtered through the author's Python experience plus a lot of concise examples. I've found that what is not covered in this book is better answered by searching the related mailing list archives.
As with the other New Riders programming books I own, this one is indexed well, making it easy to find what I am looking for. Also, the size of the book is small enough that it fits nicely in my briefcase and on my desktop.
It appears that a lot of thought went into both the content of the book as well as the overall design of the reference, that's why I've given it the highest rating.