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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 4 edition (18 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596158084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596158088
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Python in Your Pocket

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Mark Lutz is the world leader in Python training, the author of Python's earliest and best-selling texts, and a pioneering figure in the Python community since 1992. He is also the author of O'Reilly's Programming Python, Python Pocket Reference, and Learning Python (all in 4th Editions). Mark can be reached on the web at www.rmi.net.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N Spurrier on 25 Jan. 2013
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Mark Lutz is well known as a Python Guru and he writes clearly. The book is well organised and a good reference manual in the familiar O'Reilly style. I bought the Kindle version that does not really work because an eBook is designed for sequential reading which is not what a pocket reference manual is designed as. For an eBook it should be designed as an HTML help file (or the CHM variety).and although there is an interactive index this isn't good enough. My review is for the content and I'll probably buy the paperback version but I doubt that I will use the Kindle version.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Apostle Monkey on 5 Dec. 2010
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I think the title of this review says it all. This book is compact and brilliant it contains all the function, variables, operator information etc. that you can want, and in a very handy compact size.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nico on 11 Jun. 2012
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Perhaps I am mean giving this only 3 stars, after all the other reviewers are very positive.
I suppose it isn't what I needed.
Here's my scenario - I am using the excellent book -Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner - to teach myself Python. I have some programming experience in other languages but will be teaching Python at this level to a class of 15 year-olds next term. Now the book is great but it is tutorial in style, so it not quick and easy to look up things ... say all the methods associated with lists, or whatever ....
I can and do, of course, use the Python web site which is fine when I am on line.

What I wanted was a little book where I could quickly look up some basic Python stuff, with a couple of examples. Anyone got any ideas?

Now the pocket reference book is obviously for more advanced Python programmers who already know a lot but want a quick reference - hence the, no doubt, well deserved 4 or 5 stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martin Peck on 20 Feb. 2013
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I'm used to picking up O'Reilly pocket references and finding them to be excellent. They generally cut away the fat around learning a language and give you just the core facts.

This book is not like that.

I found this book to be useless at giving me the core pieces of information I needed to write Python code. Perhaps you need to be at an advanced level with Python before this book becomes useful, but as someone who has a little Python experience, plus 20+ years of development experience in general, I ended up turning to my search engine to fill in the gaps that I had hoped this book would fill.

I found it very difficult to find the things in the index, and when I eventually found the information it was in a format that was difficult to comprehend. It felt much more like a dry and technical language spec than a reference book.

The O'Reilly "Python in a Nutshell" book is much more useful as both a reference and as a learning text.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Soares on 10 April 2012
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I owned the 2nd edition of PPR, which had some weak points, one of them being the lack of index. This 4th edition of PPR has a detailed index (10 pages), covers python 3.x and 2.6 (and also applies to 2.7), the matters have been reorganized and improved, and thus the contents page now is much more useful. The prose is excellent: neither very terse, nor verbose.

90% of the time I work in python solely with PPR, and the remaining 10% of time I consult David Beazley's excellent 4th edition of Python Essential Reference (Developer's Library) for getting the "dirty details" in python and in the numerous available libraries there described. Thus, PPR is more than a mere pocket guide: its 200 pages indeed correspond to a valuable python single reference for seasoned programmers coming from all backgrounds.

All in all, PPR is truly a swiss knife for every Pythonista.
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As expected from O'Reilly this is a very helpful and definitive guide for Python Programmers - it is not a learning tool!

However I did download this as a Kindle version but in practical terms this is not as good as having the usual small reference book handy.

That saying, it works if one is travelling and need to look up something on the off chance.
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The problem with reviewing a reference manual is that you don't read the thing: you refer to it (unless you're a professional reviewer), so it's going to take quite a lot of use to build up a picture of how good it is (unless it's completely useless, of course!). All I can say is that on the basis of use I've made of it to date, it's well up to the job.
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As an experienced programmer (in other languages) I usually find the O'Reilly Pocket Reference books are useful (and sufficient) when picking up a new language. I found this Python book not so helpful. The Python v2/v3 schism doesn't help: it is hard to get excited about a language with a split community.
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