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Not a great pocket reference,
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This review is from: Python Pocket Reference (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)) (Paperback)
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.