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Python In Easy Steps
Python In Easy Steps
by Mike McGrath
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.98

5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good tutorial but check your versions first, 6 Aug 2013
This review is from: Python In Easy Steps (Paperback)
Concise and readable style with a clear layout and use of colour. The book is aimed at beginners so one would expect code examples to type in to be correct. Unfortunately the first exercise in chapter two took me about an hour and a half to untangle, the code snippet in the book and the source code examples on the publishers web site show

print( 'Addition:\t' , a , '+', b , '=' , a + b )

This doesn't generate the output expected. What does work properly however is

print "Addition:\t" , a , "+", b , "=" , a + b

Digging further I found that on page 9 at the bottom of the page in the middle of a paragraph crucial words "This book describes and demonstrates the features....latest 3.x version" so I checked my version of Python (2.7.3) and upgraded to 3.3.2 and the source code example worked fine. So it's a pity that the use of colour and icons in the book didn't extend to a bright red star with a warning on the cover and some bright red bold text on page 1 that says "This book covers version 3.x only"
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