Learning Python (Google eBook)

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Dec 23, 2003 - Computers - 624 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. Python is considered easy to learn, but there's no quicker way to mastery of the language than learning from an expert teacher. This edition of Learning Python puts you in the hands of two expert teachers, Mark Lutz and David Ascher, whose friendly, well-structured prose has guided many a programmer to proficiency with the language.

Learning Python, Second Edition, offers programmers a comprehensive learning tool for Python and object-oriented programming. Thoroughly updated for the numerous language and class presentation changes that have taken place since the release of the first edition in 1999, this guide introduces the basic elements of the latest release of Python 2.3 and covers new features, such as list comprehensions, nested scopes, and iterators/generators.

Beyond language features, this edition of Learning Python also includes new context for less-experienced programmers, including fresh overviews of object-oriented programming and dynamic typing, new discussions of program launch and configuration options, new coverage of documentation sources, and more. There are also new use cases throughout to make the application of language features more concrete.

The first part of Learning Python gives programmers all the information they'll need to understand and construct programs in the Python language, including types, operators, statements, classes, functions, modules and exceptions. The authors then present more advanced material, showing how Python performs common tasks by offering real applications and the libraries available for those applications. Each chapter ends with a series of exercises that will test your Python skills and measure your understanding.

Learning Python, Second Edition is a self-paced book that allows readers to focus on the core Python language in depth. As you work through the book, you'll gain a deep and complete understanding of the Python language that will help you to understand the larger application-level examples that you'll encounter on your own. If you're interested in learning Python--and want to do so quickly and efficiently--then Learning Python, Second Edition is your best choice.

  

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Awesome so far, very good examples and explanations. - Goodreads
too fat to carry around, writing was redundant. - Goodreads
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Good introduction to Python. But some topics are very large, every idea repeated again and again. Hence the book is very large - about 1,500 pages. Read full review

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Excellent introduction to python for those who already have a programming background. At times a bit repetitive, but clearly written for the most part. Tangents on things like ascii vs. unicode will ... Read full review

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Contents

How Python Runs Programs
How You Run Programs
Part II
Numbers
Strings
Lists and Dictionaries
Tuples Files and Everything Else
Part III
Advanced Module Topics
Part VI
The Big Picture
Class Coding Basics
Class Coding Details
Designing with Classes
Advanced Class Topics
Part VII

Assignment Expressions and Print
if Tests
while and for Loops
Documenting Python Code
Part IV
Function Basics
Scopes and Arguments
Advanced Function Topics
Part V
The Big Picture
Module Coding Basics
Module Packages
Exception Basics
Exception Objects
Designing with Exceptions
Part VIII
Common Tasks in Python
Frameworks
Python Resources
Part IX
Installation and Configuration
Solutions to Exercises
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

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 is also the author of O'Reilly's Programming Python, Python Pocket Reference, and Learning Python (all in 4th Editions). Mark can be reached on the web at www.rmi.net.

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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