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Beginning Python: From Novice to Professional (Beginning: From Novice to Professional) Paperback – 18 Sep 2008

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1 edition (18 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159059519X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590595190
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Initially I recommended Beginning Python to a colleague who was just starting out with Python programming (he'd been coding for 10 years with various Basics before).

Since he bought it, I've found on a few occasions that I refer to it too...but it is tricky getting it off of him as he hates to lose sight of it! I've been Python-coding for almost 5 years (and have a set of reference books) and coding in C++ before for 10 years - yet still this book is useful to me and a beginner alike.

I strongly recommend this if you're starting out or looking to improve your Python coding. The style is clear, the material accurate, the worked-examples show you how to solve real world problems and there's plenty of discussion on why you should and shouldn't do things.

In short - I think you'd benefit from this book if you need to learn about Python.
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This is the PERFECT book to start python programming. It assumes no previous programming knowledge but still manages not to patronize or over-simplify.

The book covers all of the basics of python programming first and then has several chapters, each covering one advanced topic, such as GUI building, graphical report generation, web programming, etc.

Also has plenty of references to Monty Python =)

Highly recommended.
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This book provides an excellent introduction to Python: my only possible caveat is that the author has a slight tendency to assume that you're running Python under Windows (which I'm not). It's well-written and readable, and I think the only indication that the author's first language isn't English is that he apparently believes that 'Larches' is a sub-class of the class 'Birds'. Given that he is writing about Python, and uses Monty Python quotes in his examples, I find this ironic.
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I really liked this book, I've read quite a few now on python and I think this is the best for a beginner. There are 10 projects at the end and this gives you the chance to learn how to write software rather than just learn the syntax of a language.

This book may not have total completeness but this really wasn't what I was looking for (that's what the python documentation is for) but it has really got me up and running with the language. This means I have been having fun writing my own programs and learning the more exotic aspects of the language and standard library my self as and when I have needed them.
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I didn't get on too well with this book. I'm a pretty experienced developer, coming from mainly PHP/Java background, but no stranger to other scripting languages like perl/bash. It does seem to explain the language so I've given it 3 on that basis, but none of it really settled in my head. It is a bit dry to read, and the examples a little too simple or not well explained. If you're an experienced coder, you might find better guides elsewhere.
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