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Learning Python, 4th Edition

Nov 03, 2009, 04:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Pyles)

"I know what you're thinking. The book's cover announces that it covers both Python 2.6 and 3.x. Firing up Python on Ubuntu 9.04 (no, I haven't upgraded to Karmic Koala yet...give me a few days), brings up Python 2.6.2, but on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (I need LTS on my production machine), I access Python 2.5.2, so a lot of "growing" has taken place recently. The Python 3.x changes are sprinkled throughout the later chapters of the book, so don't expect entire sections dedicated to just that version. This book remains dedicated to teaching the Python programming language from the ground up, and doesn't separate chapters or sections by version number. If you need a book that's focused on Python 3.x, I'd suggest Programming in Python 3: A Complete Introduction to the Python Language. Lutz's book also points out the information that's changed for 2.6.

"Learning Python is really the first half of the Python experience provided by O'Reilly. This book is meant to teach you about Python as a language. The second half, Programming Python, also written by Lutz, picks up where Learning Python leaves off, and teaches you how to use Python as a programmer, rather than a student."

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