Learning Python: Powerful Object-Oriented Programming (Google eBook)

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Sep 16, 2009 - Computers - 1216 pages
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Google and YouTube use Python because it's highly adaptable, easy to maintain, and allows for rapid development. If you want to write high-quality, efficient code that's easily integrated with other languages and tools, this hands-on book will help you be productive with Python quickly -- whether you're new to programming or just new to Python. It's an easy-to-follow self-paced tutorial, based on author and Python expert Mark Lutz's popular training course.

Each chapter contains a stand-alone lesson on a key component of the language, and includes a unique Test Your Knowledge section with practical exercises and quizzes, so you can practice new skills and test your understanding as you go. You'll find lots of annotated examples and illustrations to help you get started with Python 3.0.

Learn about Python's major built-in object types, such as numbers, lists, and dictionariesCreate and process objects using Python statements, and learn Python's general syntax modelStructure and reuse code using functions, Python's basic procedural toolLearn about Python modules: packages of statements, functions, and other tools, organized into larger componentsDiscover Python's object-oriented programming tool for structuring codeLearn about the exception-handling model, and development tools for writing larger programsExplore advanced Python tools including decorators, descriptors, metaclasses, and Unicode processing


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Awesome so far, very good examples and explanations. - Goodreads
too fat to carry around, writing was redundant. - Goodreads
A straight forward basic introduction to Python - Goodreads
Good to have at your side for reference. - Goodreads

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Learning Python provides a comprehensive overview of the language. All of its features are explained in great detail, with no shortage of examples to solidify comprehension of feature functionality ... Read full review

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Much better to use the "Tutorial" document that comes with the documentation package included with each new release of Python. Read full review


Part I Getting Started
Part II Types and Operations
Part III Statements and Syntax
Part IV Functions
Part V Modules
Part VI Classes and OOP
Part VII Exceptions and Tools
Part VIII Advanced Topics
Part IX Appendixes

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About the author (2009)

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 30 years, and is the author of O'Reilly's Programming Python, 4th Edition and Python Pocket Reference, 4th Edition.

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