Python Cookbook

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Mar 18, 2005 - Computers - 846 pages
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Portable, powerful, and a breeze to use, Python is the popular open source object-oriented programming language used for both standalone programs and scripting applications. It is now being used by an increasing number of major organizations, including NASA and Google.Updated for Python 2.4, The Python Cookbook, 2nd Edition offers a wealth of useful code for all Python programmers, not just advanced practitioners. Like its predecessor, the new edition provides solutions to problems that Python programmers face everyday.It now includes over 200 recipes that range from simple tasks, such as working with dictionaries and list comprehensions, to complex tasks, such as monitoring a network and building a templating system. This revised version also includes new chapters on topics such as time, money, and metaprogramming.Here's a list of additional topics covered:

  • Manipulating text
  • Searching and sorting
  • Working with files and the filesystem
  • Object-oriented programming
  • Dealing with threads and processes
  • System administration
  • Interacting with databases
  • Creating user interfaces
  • Network and web programming
  • Processing XML
  • Distributed programming
  • Debugging and testing
Another advantage of The Python Cookbook, 2nd Edition is its trio of authors--three well-known Python programming experts, who are highly visible on email lists and in newsgroups, and speak often at Python conferences.With scores of practical examples and pertinent background information, The Python Cookbook, 2nd Edition is the one source you need if you're looking to build efficient, flexible, scalable, and well-integrated systems.

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User Review  - Chris Sosa - Goodreads

Good as a reference book but not that great otherwise Read full review

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User Review  - Rakesh - Goodreads

It's just 'okay' as far as a python cookbook is concerned. Aids programming practice, but lacks subtle qualities of a readable text. Read full review


Preface xvii
Time and Money 110
Python Shortcuts 146
ObjectOriented Programming 229
Persistence and Databases 288
Debugging and Testing 332
System Administration 391
Network Programming 485
Web Programming 526
Distributed Programming 558
Programs About Programs 584
Extending and Embedding 616
Algorithms 643
Iterators and Generators 689
Descriptors Decorators and Metaclasses 740

User Interfaces 422
Processing XML 463

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About the author (2005)

Martelli spent eight years with IBM Research. He then spent 13 years as a senior software consultant at think3 inc, developing libraries, network protocols, GUI engines, event frameworks, and web access frontends.

Ravenscroft has a background in training and mentoring, particularly in office technologies.

David Ascher is the lead for Python projects at ActiveState, including Komodo, ActiveState's integrated development environment written mostly in Python. David has taught courses about Python to corporations, in universities, and at conferences. He also organized the Python track at the 1999 and 2000 O'Reilly Open Source Conventions, and was the program chair for the 10th International Python Conference. In addition, he co-wrote Learning Python (both editions) and serves as a director of the Python Software Foundation. David holds a B.S. in physics and a Ph.D. in cognitive science, both from Brown University.

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