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12 Nov 2009 0321680561 978-0321680563 2

A Fully Revised Edition Featuring New Material on Coroutines, Debugging, Testing, Parsing, String Formatting, and More

 

Python 3 is the best version of the language yet: It is more powerful, convenient, consistent, and expressive than ever before. Now, leading Python programmer Mark Summerfield demonstrates how to write code that takes full advantage of Python 3’s features and idioms. Programming in Python 3, Second Edition, brings together all the knowledge you need to write any program, use any standard or third-party Python 3 library, and create new library modules of your own.

 

Summerfield draws on his many years of Python experience to share deep insights into Python 3 development you won’t find anywhere else. He begins by illuminating Python’s “beautiful heart”: the eight key elements of Python you need to write robust, high-performance programs. Building on these core elements, he introduces new topics designed to strengthen your practical expertise–one concept and hands-on example at a time. Coverage includes

  • Developing in Python using procedural, objectoriented, and functional programming paradigms
  • Creating custom packages and modules
  • Writing and reading binary, text, and XML files, including optional compression, random access, and text and XML parsing
  • Leveraging advanced data types, collections, control structures, and functions
  • Spreading program workloads across multiple processes and threads
  • Programming SQL databases and key—value DBM files
  • Debugging techniques–and using Test Driven Development to avoid bugs in the first place
  • Utilizing Python’s regular expression mini-language and module
  • Parsing techniques, including how to use the third-party PyParsing and PLY modules
  • Building usable, efficient, GUI-based applications
  • Advanced programming techniques, including generators, function and class decorators, context managers, descriptors, abstract base classes, metaclasses, coroutines, and more

 

Programming in Python 3, Second Edition, serves as both tutorial and language reference. It assumes some prior programming experience, and it is accompanied by extensive downloadable example code–all of it tested with Python 3 on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.


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  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 2 edition (12 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321680561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321680563
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 18.1 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“…Fulfills the immediate market need for those developers seeking to learn this latest evolutionary version of the Python lineage in a succinct, well-written package.”

–Mike Riley, Contributing Editor for Dr. Dobb’s

 

“Beyond the introduction to programming in Python 3 in the first chapter, if you progress through the first six chapters in sequence, you’ll be well on your way to taking off with using Python independently.”

–James Pyles, Technical Writer and Author of the blog “A Million Chimpanzees”

 

“…A key recommendation for any serious computer library strong in web programming languages.”

–Jim Cox, Midwest Book Review

 

“Summerfield’s book is an excellent source to start learning Python 3.”

–Anthony J. Duben, Computing Reviews

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A Fully Revised Edition Featuring New Material on Coroutines, Debugging, Testing, Parsing, String Formatting, and More

 

Python 3 is the best version of the language yet: It is more powerful, convenient, consistent, and expressive than ever before. Now, leading Python programmer Mark Summerfield demonstrates how to write code that takes full advantage of Python 3’s features and idioms. Programming in Python 3, Second Edition, brings together all the knowledge you need to write any program, use any standard or third-party Python 3 library, and create new library modules of your own.

 

Summerfield draws on his many years of Python experience to share deep insights into Python 3 development you won’t find anywhere else. He begins by illuminating Python’s “beautiful heart”: the eight key elements of Python you need to write robust, high-performance programs. Building on these core elements, he introduces new topics designed to strengthen your practical expertise–one concept and hands-on example at a time. Coverage includes

  • Developing in Python using procedural, objectoriented, and functional programming paradigms
  • Creating custom packages and modules
  • Writing and reading binary, text, and XML files, including optional compression, random access, and text and XML parsing
  • Leveraging advanced data types, collections, control structures, and functions
  • Spreading program workloads across multiple processes and threads
  • Programming SQL databases and key—value DBM files
  • Debugging techniques–and using Test Driven Development to avoid bugs in the first place
  • Utilizing Python’s regular expression mini-language and module
  • Parsing techniques, including how to use the third-party PyParsing and PLY modules
  • Building usable, efficient, GUI-based applications
  • Advanced programming techniques, including generators, function and class decorators, context managers, descriptors, abstract base classes, metaclasses, coroutines, and more

 

Programming in Python 3, Second Edition, serves as both tutorial and language reference. It assumes some prior programming experience, and it is accompanied by extensive downloadable example code–all of it tested with Python 3 on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction 28 Aug 2009
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Not a bad book. I already had the O'Reilly "Learning Python" book. At the end I knew a lot but there wasn't much I felt I could actually do. I'm only just getting into this one but it has a much better feel (and it covers version 3). Summerfield gives you useful examples at the end of each chapter. I think they are on a supporting website but you learn much more about the syntax by actually typing them in yourself. He then sets exercises which invite you to extend those examples by adding extra features, tidying up the output and so on. That seems like a really good way to handle learning a language. Python is a really nice language. My books on Java are gathering dust now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Python3 Programming 7 Jan 2013
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This book is a comprehensive introduction to the python language ,well set out and explained .Ideal for the home
hobbyist as well as the professional.I think that some provisional knowledge from previous experience though is
needed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to Python 11 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback
It's good intro to Python for someone who already has experience with programming. As others mentioned would be great if the book had more code samples. What I like the most is a clear language and the layout. I wish "The Python Standard Library by Example" had the same, clear layout and used less font types. I am satisfied with my purchase!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reference yes; Introduction no 24 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
As other reviewers have noted this book takes the same approach as Lutz (Learning Python). It does a much better job at providing a reference for Python development than it does at introducing Python programming to novices. As long as that is what you are looking for go for it.

Beginning Python (Norton) is better if you are looking for an introduction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Poor Title 10 Jan 2014
By Mark
Format:Paperback
This is a good book. I've found it very helpful in learning python. I see some people complain it doesn't mention difference between 2.x and 3 however read the name "Programming In Python 3". Where the title is a fail is "A Complete Introduction to the Python Language" My view is that to use this book with some comfort you need to have some previous programming experience and knowledge esp object orientation as Python is very OO
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