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Python Essential Reference, 4th Edition (Developer's Library)

Aug 11, 2009, 14:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Pyles)

"Beazley includes Python's newer features, particularly related to functional and meta-programming, resulting in the expansion of the chapters on functions and object-oriented programming, covering, for example, coroutines, decorators, and generators. The library chapters have also been updated to include modern Python modules, and the code examples and fragments reflect these upgrades. The book doesn't reinvent the wheel (just about a ton of documentation on Python already exists), but the advantage of this book is its organization, and the fact that all the data is located in the pages between the book's two covers.

"Keep in mind, that this isn't a tutorial, but a reference guide. While an experienced programmer could probably learn how to program in Python from this book, someone just learning programming probably could not. Chapter 1 is a self contained Python tutorial, but it's less than 20 pages long, and meant to bring an experienced programmer who's not experienced with Python up to speed."

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