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Python Essential Reference, 3rd Edition, is a comprehensive reference to the Python programming language. The focus of this latest edition is to add coverage of significant new features and new library modules added to the language over the past five years. Clearly written with concise organization, the new features covered include new style classes, unification of types a Python Essential Reference, 3rd Edition, is a comprehensive reference to the Python programming language. The focus of this latest edition is to add coverage of significant new features and new library modules added to the language over the past five years. Clearly written with concise organization, the new features covered include new style classes, unification of types and classes, xmlrpclip, intertools, bz2 and optparse, making it the most up-to-date Python book on the market.


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Python Essential Reference, 3rd Edition, is a comprehensive reference to the Python programming language. The focus of this latest edition is to add coverage of significant new features and new library modules added to the language over the past five years. Clearly written with concise organization, the new features covered include new style classes, unification of types a Python Essential Reference, 3rd Edition, is a comprehensive reference to the Python programming language. The focus of this latest edition is to add coverage of significant new features and new library modules added to the language over the past five years. Clearly written with concise organization, the new features covered include new style classes, unification of types and classes, xmlrpclip, intertools, bz2 and optparse, making it the most up-to-date Python book on the market.

30 review for Python Essential Reference (Developer's Library)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Simon Kozlov

    This book was pitched to me as something that answers typical Python questions faster than google and StackOverflow. Well, it's hard to beat google, but for a lot of the topics I found it to be best description out there (huge props for description of Unicode in Python). It's first time I read language reference back to back - Python is big and I decided it's time to read about _all_ the features. I'm using Python for about two years now and every month or so I found an unexpected feature. This b This book was pitched to me as something that answers typical Python questions faster than google and StackOverflow. Well, it's hard to beat google, but for a lot of the topics I found it to be best description out there (huge props for description of Unicode in Python). It's first time I read language reference back to back - Python is big and I decided it's time to read about _all_ the features. I'm using Python for about two years now and every month or so I found an unexpected feature. This books provides a very decent coverage and makes it pretty fun to read about every single thing language offers. And this is reference done right - doesn't try to cover every little detail, but all the important ones. When describing print, it'd be sure to mention how to make it not insert end of line. When describing metaclasses, it'd be sure to provide an example where they're useful. A lot of python trivia. A lot.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Breccan

    My favorite python book. The first part is by far the best introduction to python I've found for experienced programmers. My favorite python book. The first part is by far the best introduction to python I've found for experienced programmers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mehdi

    Very good Python reference book. However, it is a bit outdated now and needs a new revision to cover recent changes in the language and the ecosystem.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Qubitng

    I felt this was a painful, long read the first time through when I was trying to learn Python. I wanted to get things done asap. But reading this a 2nd time, it seems so much clearer. It has much excellent information and the organization is good. The prose is concise but not uselessly terse; and the examples are illustrative not long, tedious and noisy like in some other series. Probably wouldn't recommend to someone completely unfamiliar with Python as this is closer to a quick reference than I felt this was a painful, long read the first time through when I was trying to learn Python. I wanted to get things done asap. But reading this a 2nd time, it seems so much clearer. It has much excellent information and the organization is good. The prose is concise but not uselessly terse; and the examples are illustrative not long, tedious and noisy like in some other series. Probably wouldn't recommend to someone completely unfamiliar with Python as this is closer to a quick reference than a textbook.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Viet Nguyen

    Just over 100 pages into it but this one is the best Python books I've read/glanced so far. Just over 100 pages into it but this one is the best Python books I've read/glanced so far.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David

    Did a straight read through to learn Python. Not the path I'd recommend for others. :-) Did a straight read through to learn Python. Not the path I'd recommend for others. :-)

  7. 4 out of 5

    David VanderWyst

    I got a lot of sideways glances when I said I was going to schedule out time to read a "reference" manual from cover to cover. Being fairly new to the python language, this was well worth my time. The book will now be used as a reference! When the next version comes out I fully intend to take the time to go over it for things that have changed. Was well worth my time. I got a lot of sideways glances when I said I was going to schedule out time to read a "reference" manual from cover to cover. Being fairly new to the python language, this was well worth my time. The book will now be used as a reference! When the next version comes out I fully intend to take the time to go over it for things that have changed. Was well worth my time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bob Dunbar

    I feel like I really wasted my money on this book. I'm not even sure why it's need with the internet (and Stackoverflow) readily available. I would classify myself as an intermediate-level Python user, and this book is written over my head. I tried going to it at first, to get my money's worth, but I inevitably ended up searching online for better, more understandable answers. I feel like I really wasted my money on this book. I'm not even sure why it's need with the internet (and Stackoverflow) readily available. I would classify myself as an intermediate-level Python user, and this book is written over my head. I tried going to it at first, to get my money's worth, but I inevitably ended up searching online for better, more understandable answers.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Per Kraulis

    Very good reference book (fourth edition).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samars

    Amazing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paul Floyd

    Good overall view, but due to the enormous size of the libraries, detail has to be fairly skimpy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anton

    Книга описывает возможности языка Python. Книга не является учебным пособием и предназначена для тех, кто уже знаком с программированием в целом и языком Python в частности. В первой части книги описываются общие возможности языка, синтаксис, структура программ и т.д. В воторой части подробно описываются наиболее используемые модули стандартной библиотеки. В заключительной части описываются возможности расширения с использованием языка C (в основном) и встраивения (вызова) кода Python в программ Книга описывает возможности языка Python. Книга не является учебным пособием и предназначена для тех, кто уже знаком с программированием в целом и языком Python в частности. В первой части книги описываются общие возможности языка, синтаксис, структура программ и т.д. В воторой части подробно описываются наиболее используемые модули стандартной библиотеки. В заключительной части описываются возможности расширения с использованием языка C (в основном) и встраивения (вызова) кода Python в программах на языке C. Описание возможностей сопровождается комментариями, рекомендациями (зачем сделано именно так и как лучше применять) и примерами. Прочтение книгу позволило получить обзорное представление возможностей библиотеки, увидеть/понять многие аспекты программирования на языке. Кроме того знакомство с библиотечными функциями и комментариями по использованию позволяют лучше понять, например, технику программирования с использованием асинхронных вызовов (select, сопрограммы и.д.) или даже работу операционных систем.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Perfect reference and great book for experienced programmers who want to learn Python. Lots of great concepts described like concurrent programming and quote deeply described standard Python library from working with strings to network APIs. As its reference, its hard to read. But its worth it, Beazley spreads lots of spark ideas and insights along the way.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    Usually I'm an O'Reilly snob, but this is the best Python book out there, including O'Reilly's Programming Python . I used it when I was learning the language, and continue to rely on it as my primary reference. This book and the online documentation are all you'll need. Usually I'm an O'Reilly snob, but this is the best Python book out there, including O'Reilly's Programming Python . I used it when I was learning the language, and continue to rely on it as my primary reference. This book and the online documentation are all you'll need.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jason Haas

    This is the best Python book I've seen so far. I'm an intermediate level Python hacker and I found this reference to be very helpful in explaining some of the more advanced python concepts such as decorators, object oriented programming, coroutines, etc. This is the best Python book I've seen so far. I'm an intermediate level Python hacker and I found this reference to be very helpful in explaining some of the more advanced python concepts such as decorators, object oriented programming, coroutines, etc.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Python docs can be a little daunting on the online site. This reference I keep right next to my laptop and anytime I don't fell like plowing through the library reference the python.org site, this has been coming in quite handy as a quick reference. Detailed, with sample code. Python docs can be a little daunting on the online site. This reference I keep right next to my laptop and anytime I don't fell like plowing through the library reference the python.org site, this has been coming in quite handy as a quick reference. Detailed, with sample code.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rhea

    If you're a programmer fluent in another language this is a concise way to pick up Python. I find myself referring back to it occasionally to this day. Which means it either continues to be useful or I'm just darn forgetful. If you're a programmer fluent in another language this is a concise way to pick up Python. I find myself referring back to it occasionally to this day. Which means it either continues to be useful or I'm just darn forgetful.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alan

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Bob Hancock

    Simply the best Python reference. The only book I keep on my desk.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ayoola Adegbite

    perfect book for every serious python programmer .. exactly what is says on the tin ."reference book ".for keeps. perfect book for every serious python programmer .. exactly what is says on the tin ."reference book ".for keeps.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Peter Anderson

    This is simply NOT worth the money! The contents are in the documentation files released with each new version of Python. This book, however, is out-of-date and locked in time.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Montalenti

    My all-around favorite book on Python 2.7 programming, with most of it applying well to Python 3.x. See also “Fluent Python” to round out a Python education.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pedro Oliveira

    This book literally saved me a LOT of time while learning python under pressure. Nice!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Javier

    One of the best python books

  25. 4 out of 5

    Darin

    This book would not be appropriate for someone new to programming, but it does have a short introduction to python in the first chapter. Most of the book is devoted to the various library packages.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    This is a great resource for Python programming.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gelion

  28. 4 out of 5

    Will

  29. 4 out of 5

    Guy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bishu

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