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4 Dec 2008 0321585445 978-0321585448 2
Python is a remarkably powerful dynamic programming language that is used in a wide variety of application domains such as Web, database access, desktop GUIs, game and software development, and network programming. Fans of Python use the phrase "batteries included" to describe the standard library, which covers everything from asynchronous processing to zip files. The language itself is a flexible powerhouse that can handle practically any application domain. This task-based tutorial is for students with no programming experience as well as those programmers who have some experience with the programming language and now want to take their skills to the next level. The book walks a reader through all the fundamentals and then moves on to more advanced topics. It's a complete end-to-end tutorial and reference.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2 edition (4 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321585445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321585448
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 17.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Python is a remarkably powerful dynamic programming language that is used in a wide variety of application domains such as Web, database access, desktop GUIs, game and software development, and network programming. Fans of Python use the phrase "batteries included" to describe the standard library, which covers everything from asynchronous processing to zip files. The language itself is a flexible powerhouse that can handle practically any application domain. This task-based tutorial is for students with no programming experience as well as those programmers who have some experience with the programming language and now want to take their skills to the next level. The book walks a reader through all the fundamentals and then moves on to more advanced topics. It's a complete end-to-end tutorial and reference.

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3.0 out of 5 stars my opinion 23 April 2012
By Angelos
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It is exactly what it says, a quickstart guide. It follows the structure from the other books in the same series, it is small, easy to read, could be used for reference, although by no means complete. It can be used from novice programmers or from people with programming experience that they just want to dive straight away into python.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great straightforward introduction to Python 12 Nov 2011
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This book is an excellent first introduction to Python. Well written and very clear.

Each part is explained briefly and clearly with straightforward examples, that can easily be tried using the Python interpreter.

Does exactly what it says on the cover "Learn Python the Quick and Easy Way". Outstanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For every python enthusiast 16 Jan 2014
By David
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Ordered this when learning python, glad I did, learnt all the fundamentals, and used it for an upcoming exam. Got 100% and I'm still using it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Informative, but not for the beginner 9 Mar 2009
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been hearing a lot about Python, its excellent syntax, and myriad of uses, so I decided to look for something to introduce me to the language. I ended up picking up Python: Visual QuickStart Guide because it's a light read and comes at a bargain bin price.

The book is written from the perspective that you're a complete beginner at Python. However, this tone makes a lot less sense as you go through the book; the book's examples seem to exist purely to demonstrate how the language's syntax looks. Indeed, there is very little practical application of anything you will learn from this book. It goes into minimal detail, and often what explanation it does offer is useless.

On the plus side, it is one of the first books on the shelves for Python 3. Anyone looking for a quick way to get up to date on Python 3 won't be disappointed. There's even a handy appendix highlighting the differences between Python 2 and Python 3. However, anyone just beginning Python who is looking for a comprehensive walkthrough of the language is going to be disappointed by this book. It amounts to little more than a syntax reference. I've read this book all the way through, and while I understand most of the language's syntax, I still have zero ability to build a Python application for any use. Many of the more in-depth features the book only mentions briefly, and usually only to tell you to check the official Python documentation online for more information, which to the beginner is absolutely useless since the official docs are highly technical and oriented toward a developer.

If you're looking for a book that's going to walk you through Python step by step, this is not your book. Not only is it about 180-pages light, but the text only takes up about half the page for some reason and it's a small sized book. There's less content in 180-pages of this book than there is in the first 60 of other programming books I own. It's a quick read and a great way to get started with Python and its basic syntax. However, taking your abilities further is best left to other, more complete books.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very lacking for any level 23 Feb 2012
By DONALD R HUMPHREYS - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book thinking it would be along the lines of other Visual Quick Start books that were excellent such as PHP 5 and MySQL 5 for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide by Larry E. Ullman. I think I have the versions right in this reference.

However, I soon found that although the Python book does a good job of explaining basics such as data types, it falls very short of providing a practical introduction to the language in a way that makes the text useful. For example, need to create a simple email script? You won't find any help in the book. Need to do something with a web page. Too bad. Need to use a regular expression to see if there is a valid phone number in a field? Forget it. Regular expressions beyond built-ins are not covered.

In fairness, I would say that this python book is consistent with several other Python books that simply do not provide a practical text when someone is in need of a hands-on how-to guide for a simple project. It's as though many Python book authors are in love with the language but not very good at providing a concise guide to help people who simply want to find something useful. I learn a language to be able to do something, to take care of a need, not to major in the language because it is supposedly cool.

I'm not a beginner programmer but can view a text as a beginner or intermediate or whatever. Perl is not a challenge for me nor is mysql.

This books offers too little to be of use for anything but something that's so basic as to be useless. There's not enough for even a beginner. A waste of money and I can not recommend it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Go to [...] and download the free documents 16 July 2010
By Papa Bear - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book when it came out because I was very interested in learning Python version 3.0. I previously had read the Quick Start for HTML and JavaScript and had high hopes for this book. However, it seemed as though the author downloaded the free python documents, picked some various topics and copy and pasted them into his book as a desk reference. I do give credit that the author uses more of the main stream syntax but doest really provide guidance for application use. The author also fails to explain a lot of the syntax at times which forced me to download the documents from [...]. Therefore I cant recommend this for beginning programmers. Save your money, download the documents at [...], and go to Office Depot or Staples and print out what you need.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent starter book for Python 3 13 Feb 2014
By GB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Not sure why the negative review(s). I'm finding it the best of many texts I've looked at for its purpose.
4.0 out of 5 stars A concise, inexpensive introduction to Python 19 Oct 2012
By Texas Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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I learned Python in this book and keep it on my desk when I write Python code. I even used it in a introductory course that I was teaching but students with no previous exposure to programming language found it rather dry.

I would strongly recommend the book to any C/C++/Java programmer wanting to try Python. It is cheaper and better organized than many of its competitors.
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