Python Cookbook Paperback – 29 Jul 2002
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The 'Python Cookbook' is superb. -- Cameron Laird, Unix Review.com, Jan 7, 2003
About the Author
Alex Martelli spent 8 years with IBM Research, winning three Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards. He then spent 13 as a Senior Software Consultant at think3 inc, developing libraries, network protocols, GUI engines, event frameworks, and web access frontends. He has also taught programming languages, development methods, and numerical computing at Ferrara University and other venues. He's a C++ MVP for Brainbench, and a member of the Python Software Foundation. He currently works for AB Strakt, a Python-centered software house in Gteborg, Sweden, mostly by telecommuting from his home in Bologna, Italy. Alex's proudest achievement is the articles that appeared in Bridge World (January/February 2000), which were hailed as giant steps towards solving issues that had haunted contract bridge theoreticians for decades.
David Ascher is the lead for Python projects at ActiveState, including Komodo, ActiveState's integrated development environment written mostly in Python. David has taught courses about Python to corporations, in universities, and at conferences. He also organized the Python track at the 1999 and 2000 O'Reilly Open Source Conventions, and was the program chair for the 10th International Python Conference. In addition, he co-wrote Learning Python (both editions) and serves as a director of the Python Software Foundation. David holds a B.S. in physics and a Ph.D. in cognitive science, both from Brown University.
Top customer reviews
Like its Perl counterpart, the Python Cookbook presents a series of short `recipes' for doing certain tasks quickly but, unlike the `Perl Cookbook' the Python text suffers from being excessively verbose in places.
Some of the recipes have been taken from the Perl Cookbook and `pythonised' (the authors state as much) and as such this book is very good for programmers who are migrating from Perl to Python - some of the recipe explanations are very good indeed. As a result of this, the Cookbook is also a good reference for those starting out with Python.
Combine the Cookbook with David Beazley's `Python Essential Reference' and you've got a winning combination.
I found that this book covered most of the topics i was looking for: i.e. interface design, file manipulation, database access and python+XML...
It is very useful for the beginners - you can find here the right recipes,
but also for the more experienced developer - if you are going to code something new.
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