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Core Python Programming (2nd Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Wesley Chun
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Praise for Core Python Programming

 

The Complete Developer's Guide to Python
  • New to Python? The definitive guide to Python development for experienced programmers
  • Covers core language features thoroughly, including those found in the latest Python releases–learn more than just the syntax!
  • Learn advanced topics such as regular expressions, networking, multithreading, GUI, Web/CGI, and Python extensions
  • Includes brand-new material on databases, Internet clients, Java/Jython, and Microsoft Office, plus Python 2.6 and 3
  • Presents hundreds of code snippets, interactive examples, and practical exercises to strengthen your Python skills

Python is an agile, robust, expressive, fully object-oriented, extensible, and scalable programming language. It combines the power of compiled languages with the simplicity and rapid development of scripting languages. In Core Python Programming, Second Edition , leading Python developer and trainer Wesley Chun helps you learn Python quickly and comprehensively so that you can immediately succeed with any Python project.

 

Using practical code examples, Chun introduces all the fundamentals of Python programming: syntax, objects and memory management, data types, operators, files and I/O, functions, generators, error handling and exceptions, loops, iterators, functional programming, object-oriented programming and more. After you learn the core fundamentals of Python, he shows you what you can do with your new skills, delving into advanced topics, such as regular expressions, networking programming with sockets, multithreading, GUI development, Web/CGI programming and extending Python in C.

 

This edition reflects major enhancements in the Python 2.x series, including 2.6 and tips for migrating to 3. It contains new chapters on database and Internet client programming, plus coverage of many new topics, including new-style classes, Java and Jython, Microsoft Office (Win32 COM Client) programming, and much more.

  • Learn professional Python style, best practices, and good programming habits
  • Gain a deep understanding of Python's objects and memory model as well as its OOP features, including those found in Python's new-style classes
  • Build more effective Web, CGI, Internet, and network and other client/server applications
  • Learn how to develop your own GUI applications using Tkinter and other toolkits available for Python
  • Improve the performance of your Python applications by writing extensions in C and other languages, or enhance I/O-bound applications by using multithreading
  • Learn about Python's database API and how to use a variety of database systems with Python, including MySQL, Postgres, and SQLite
  • Features appendices on Python 2.6 & 3, including tips on migrating to the next generation! 

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Praise for Core Python Programming

 

"The long-awaited second edition of Wesley Chun's Core Python Programming proves to be well worth the wait–its deep and broad coverage and useful exercises will help readers learn and practice good Python."

–Alex Martelli, author of Python in a Nutshell and editor of Python Cookbook

 

"There has been lot of good buzz around Wesley Chun's Core Python Programming. It turns out that all the buzz is well earned. I think this is the best book currently available for learning Python. I would recommend Chun's book over Learning Python (O'Reilly), Programming Python (O'Reilly), or The Quick Python Book (Manning)."

–David Mertz, Ph.D., IBM DeveloperWorks®

 

"I have been doing a lot of research [on] Python for the past year and have seen a number of positive reviews of your book. The sentiment expressed confirms the opinion that Core Python Programming is now considered the standard introductory text."

–Richard Ozaki, Lockheed Martin

 

"Finally, a book good enough to be both a textbook and a reference on the Python language now exists."

–Michael Baxter, Linux Journal

 

"Very well written. It is the clearest, friendliest book I have come across yet for explaining Python, and putting it in a wider context. It does not presume a large amount of other experience. It does go into some important Python topics carefully and in depth. Unlike too many beginner books, it never condescends or tortures the reader with childish hide-and-seek prose games. [It] sticks to gaining a solid grasp of Python syntax and structure."

–http://python.org bookstore Web site

 

"[If ] I could only own one Python book, it would be Core Python Programming by Wesley Chun. This book manages to cover more topics in more depth than Learning Python but includes it all in one book that also more than adequately covers the core language. [If] you are in the market for just one book about Python, I recommend this book. You will enjoy reading it, including its wry programmer's wit. More importantly, you will learn Python. Even more importantly, you will find it invaluable in helping you in your day-to-day Python programming life. Well done, Mr. Chun!"

–Ron Stephens, Python Learning Foundation

 

"I think the best language for beginners is Python, without a doubt. My favorite book is Core Python Programming."

–s003apr, MP3Car.com Forums

 

"Personally, I really like Python. It's simple to learn, completely intuitive, amazingly flexible, and pretty darned fast. Python has only just started to claim mindshare in the Windows world, but look for it to start gaining lots of support as people discover it. To learn Python, I'd start with Core Python Programming by Wesley Chun."

–Bill Boswell, MCSE, Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine Online

 

"If you learn well from books, I suggest Core Python Programming. It is by far the best I've found. I'm a Python newbie as well and in three months time I've been able to implement Python in projects at work (automating MSOffice, SQL DB stuff, etc.)."

–ptonman, Dev Shed Forums

 

"Python is simply a beautiful language. It's easy to learn, it's cross-platform, and it works. It has achieved many of the technical goals that Java strives for. A one-sentence description of Python would be: 'All other languages appear to have evolved over time--but Python was designed.' And it was designed well. Unfortunately, there aren't a large number of books for Python. The best one I've run across so far is Core Python Programming."

–Chris Timmons, C. R. Timmons Consulting

 

"If you like the Prentice Hall Core series, another good full-blown treatment to consider would be Core Python Programming. It addresses in elaborate concrete detail many practical topics that get little, if any, coverage in other books."

–Mitchell L Model, MLM Consulting

 

"Core Python Programming is an amazingly easy read! The liberal use of examples helps clarify some of the more subtle points of the language. And the comparisons to languages with which I'm already familiar (C/C++/Java) get you programming in record speed."

–Michael Santos, Ph.D., Green Hills Software

 

The Complete Developer's Guide to Python
  • New to Python? The definitive guide to Python development for experienced programmers
  • Covers core language features thoroughly, including those found in the latest Python releases–learn more than just the syntax!
  • Learn advanced topics such as regular expressions, networking, multithreading, GUI, Web/CGI, and Python extensions
  • Includes brand-new material on databases, Internet clients, Java/Jython, and Microsoft Office, plus Python 2.6 and 3
  • Presents hundreds of code snippets, interactive examples, and practical exercises to strengthen your Python skills

Python is an agile, robust, expressive, fully object-oriented, extensible, and scalable programming language. It combines the power of compiled languages with the simplicity and rapid development of scripting languages. In Core Python Programming, Second Edition, leading Python developer and trainer Wesley Chun helps you learn Python quickly and comprehensively so that you can immediately succeed with any Python project.

 

Using practical code examples, Chun introduces all the fundamentals of Python programming: syntax, objects and memory management, data types, operators, files and I/O, functions, generators, error handling and exceptions, loops, iterators, functional programming, object-oriented programming and more. After you learn the core fundamentals of Python, he shows you what you can do with your new skills, delving into advanced topics, such as regular expressions, networking programming with sockets, multithreading, GUI development, Web/CGI programming and extending Python in C.

 

This edition reflects major enhancements in the Python 2.x series, including 2.6 and tips for migrating to 3. It contains new chapters on database and Internet client programming, plus coverage of many new topics, including new-style classes, Java and Jython, Microsoft Office (Win32 COM Client) programming, and much more.

  • Learn professional Python style, best practices, and good programming habits
  • Gain a deep understanding of Python's objects and memory model as well as its OOP features, including those found in Python's new-style classes
  • Build more effective Web, CGI, Internet, and network and other client/server applications
  • Learn how to develop your own GUI applications using Tkinter and other toolkits available for Python
  • Improve the performance of your Python applications by writing extensions in C and other languages, or enhance I/O-bound applications by using multithreading
  • Learn about Python's database API and how to use a variety of database systems with Python, including MySQL, Postgres, and SQLite
  • Features appendices on Python 2.6 & 3, including tips on migrating to the next generation! 

Core Python Programming delivers

  • Systematic, expert coverage of Python's core features
  • Powerful insights for developing complex applications
  • Easy-to-use tables and charts detailing Python modules, operators, functions, and methods
  • Dozens of professional-quality code examples, from quick snippets to full-fledged applications

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 33912 KB
  • Print Length: 1136 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (18 Sep 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VJ9HSO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good Python primer for newcomers 17 July 2008
By M.I.
Format:Paperback
I learned Python basics thanks to this book. It is divided in two parts. In the first one, all the foundations of the language are clearly explained, whereas in the second one more andvanced stuff and applications are presented. Thanks to the many small scripts and examples, which you can try out on the fly, you can master all the basic syntax very quickly. Highly recommended reading for newcomers, it makes you appreciate the beauty of programming in Python.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Would benefit from proof-reading 4 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
When I bought this book, I noticed there were eight reviews on Amazon, all of them giving it five stars. I thought at the time this was too good to be true, and so it proved. The book is full of errors.

Some of the errors are merely an irritating distraction. For instance, on pages 14 and 17, there are headings with three superfluous thorn characters, "þþþ". Some are simply baffling, like the distinction between the 2-parameter full syntax of the range() function on page 301 and the 2-parameter abbreviated syntax on page 302. Some are more serious. For example, page 81 has what purports to be a discussion of Example 3.1 on the facing page; unfortunately, much of the discussion concerns the use of the os.linesep attribute, which doesn't appear anywhere in the example.

Those errors could be forgiven; others are unacceptable. As a newcomer to Python, I struggled with the eval() example on page 104. The preamble suggests that it is an example of the use of repr(), when it isn't - it uses backquotes. Granted, we've just been told the two are equivalent, but there's no need to complicate what should be a straightforward illustration. But that's not all; the point of the example is to show that some values passed to eval() will return an "invalid syntax" error. Unfortunately, the "invalid syntax" error demonstrated is not the one intended; it arises from an extra parenthesis in the code.

The most glaring error is that many of the page numbers in the index are wrong. That renders the book almost completely useless as a reference.

A little effort could make the third edition (if there is one) a useful text, but I would not recommend the second edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for learning Python 19 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback
I got this book as a Christmas present (Christmas 2007) as I had been curious about Python for some time. I found the book really interesting and helpful and have read the book from chapter to chapter, beginning to end as I found the book that interesting. I found the book can be used either just purely as a reference as well as an interesting read. The book covers all of the core basic Python programming skills needed to use Python confidently with really good examples along the way so you can quickly get into Python scripting. The author covers advanced / additional topics such as regular expressions, widgets, socket programming among others if you're interested in learning further, again with excellent examples. This book is a must for any C/C++ programmers wanting to learn Python.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for a grounding in Python 29 April 2008
Format:Paperback
I have been very happy with this book as an introduction to Python. The pages are well laid out, the writing is clear and concise, good examples have been chosen to illustrate the features of Python and there are interesting exercises at the end of each chapter to consolidate ones knowledge. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deepest book on Python that I've read 21 Nov 2007
Format:Paperback
The author details information on the language and it's internals in a very clear way. The book never kept me wondering "why is it like this" for too long, most of the time the answer to the question I had been asking myself could be read in the next paragraph or on the next page.

I found useful things in this book that wouldn't be easy to get a hold of on the internet, nowadays that's my number one criterium for a good technology book. Love it!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A curate's egg of a book 17 April 2009
By Jugsy
Format:Paperback
I read the previous reviews in which statements like "It brings beginners from no previous programming skills up to being adept programmers" were used and thought this is the book for me. However within 30 pages this assumption was dispelled. No doubt Chun has written a very comprehensive tome on Python, but even he says that "This book is meant for you if you are a programmer completely new to Python..." not as some reviews stated above. Hence do not buy this book, if like me your last programming experience was on a BBC computer using BASIC over 15 years ago. Why a curate's egg? Because it does introduce the basics of Python, but then refers to user-level threading libraries or using examples in which jargon obscures the purpose of the example. I'll keep on with this and let you know how it goes.
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