14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Excellent starting point for learning Python,
This review is from: Learning Python (Help for Programmers) (Paperback)
Learning Python was where I started out when learning the Python language - it assumes no previous programming experience, although I would advise the absolute beginner to start on something a little more basic. The book is divided into two parts. The first, written by Mark Lutz, takes the reader step-by-step through the basics of the language, providing familiarity with the core of the language. The second, smaller part of the book is written by David Ascher, and is the only thing which prevented me from awarding the book five stars - although it provides applications of the language to common tasks and problems, I thought it was a little too messy and abstract to be of any real use. The method adopted in Programming Python is much better. Overall, a great starting point for learning Python, and a worthy stepping stone for some of the larger, more advanced books available.