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  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (5 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764596543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764596544
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,159,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Beginning Python

As a portable, open source, object–oriented programming language, Python combines remarkable power with clear syntax. And, as one of the fastest growing languages, Python manages systems and can be used for data mining and Web development. With this book, you′ll learn how to program using the latest release Python 2.4 and create robust, reliable, and reusable Python applications.

You′ll quickly see why Python is an ideal first programming language to learn, both for its ease of use and the fact that it offers interpreters for most operating system platforms. This in–depth look at Python 2.4 examines how it has become even easier for you to tell a computer what tasks you want it to do in an environment where you are in control.

What you will learn from this book

  • Methods that can be used to quickly develop Web applications and scientific applications and to incorporate databases
  • How to master system tasks on Linux,® Windows,®and Mac OS® X platforms
  • How to handle and recover from any unforeseen problems
  • Ways in which Python prides itself on its consistency, control, and ability to cope with change
  • How Python incorporates modules, exceptions, dynamic typing, and very high level dynamic types and classes

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who wants to learn how to program with Python or who wants to quickly learn how to use Python for rapid development of applications for the Web, scientific applications, bioinformatics, and applications for system tasks.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

About the Author

Peter Norton (NY, NY) has been working with Unix and Linux for over a decade at companies large and small solving problems with Linux. An officer of the NY Linux Users Group, he can be found on the nylug–talk mailing list. Peter coauthored Professional RHEL3. He works for a very large financial company in NYC, plying his Python and open–source skills.

Alex Samuel (San Diego, CA) has developed software for biology researchers and now studies highenergy physics at Caltech. Alex has worked on many GNU/Linux development tools, including GCC, and co–founded CodeSourcery LLC, a consulting firm specializing in GNU/Linux development tools.

David Aitel (NY, NY) is the CEO of Immunity and a coauthor of Shellcoder s Handbook.

Eric Foster–Johnson (Minneapolis, MN) uses Python extensively with Java, and is a veteran author, most recently completing Beginning Shell Scripting.

Leonard Richardson (San Francisco, CA) writes useful Python packages with silly names.

Jason Diamond (CA) Jason Diamond is a software development instructor for DevelopMentor and a consultant specializing in C++, .NET, Python, and XML. He spends most of his spare time contributing to open–source projects using his favorite language, Python.

Aleathea Parker (San Francisco CA) is a programmer working as a publication engineer for a major software company, coding primarily in Python and XSLT. She has a background in web applications and content management.

Michael Roberts (Puerto Rico) has been programming professionally in C, Perl, and Python for long enough that Python didn t actually exist when he started. He is the chief perpetrator of the wftk open–source workflow toolkit, and he swears that it will someday be finished, for certain values of finished .


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex J. Rich on 10 Nov. 2007
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A great, and challenging, book to start with...even better if you've a few months or a year or so experience of Python. I'd been using python as a useful utility language for straightforward data processing jobs for around a year and found parts of this book fairly hard (REST and web services for instance). But it's worth the effort...if you don't use the info you still have a much better overview of the language which means you're more likely to find a solution when you need it. I've moved on to python 2.5 which has things like ElementTree for xml and Sqlite for sql...and I'm still coming back to this book regularly. It's a real introductory text book, not a "lite" introduction. I'm still impressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mirko Savic on 24 Jan. 2010
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As you can guess from the name this is an introductory text. Check out Summerfield (Programming in Python 3) and Lutz (Learning Python) for reference texts. As an introduction the book does a good job. It is structured coherently and flows well. The writing style needs some improvement but if you can gloss over that then this book could be for you.
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This is not a book of the series "Python for Dummies"

You've got to have some know how in programming language to get along with this one. If you don't know what OO is then the level of dificult will be high. If you know about Java, C, PHP and others then Python will be as easy as any of those.

So, if you are a completly beginner on computer programming and aim to learn Python you'll need to try hard and try it again. Make all the examples and try again and you'll achieve your goal, but be aware, you can't learn Python in 24hours or in 21 days... but you can't learn Java or any other language in 21 days either.

I consider this a good book as others from WROX and o good introduction to Python.
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That is a great book for the beginners. There are plenty of examples. It is really easy to read. I would like to be updated though as I suspect some of the examples do consist of some small mistakes. Nevertheless, it helped me to understand Python and develop my skills in using this language.
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