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NOT Python's answer to Programming Perl,
This review is from: Programming Python: Object-Oriented Scripting (Paperback)
I bought this book by its title, expecting it to be the Python equivalent of Programming Perl (the best programming book I've ever read), I was suprised to find it was so different. The book is basically a run through of a vast array of example programs (all provided on the CD-ROM bundled with the book) which Lutz has written for various tasks (CGI, TKinter GUI building, sysadmin). He spends 1200 pages running through the main Python library modules and how he has applied them to these tasks. Some of the programs are quite impressive (an e-mail client for example), and Lutz is clearly making good use of the language.
This is not a reference book _at all_, you'll need the online docs or another book for that, but surely such a huge book could have made room for _some_ reference material. I was also very shocked when I opened up the book to find Lutz was using Windows to demonstrate program output (I always thought O'Reilly were on _our_ side). In the end I did enjoy reading the book, but I think that is probably because Python is such a good language to learn and use.