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Python in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) Paperback – 13 Mar 2003

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (13 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596001886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596001889
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Brave beginners will be well served by this title, which provides an intelligent, fast paced intro to core topics." - Martin Howse, LinuxUser & Developer, Issue 30 "I whole-heartedly recommend this book to all Python programmers. It is a very concise and informative book, and its small size belies its information content. I would also recommend and suggest this book to any experienced programmers wishing to begin programming in Python, who would enjoy a straight-to-the-point manual on the Python language." - Daire Stockdale, Cvu/ACCU

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In the tradition of O'Reilly's "In a Nutshell" series, Python in a Nutshell offers Python programmers one place to look when they need help remembering or deciphering the syntax of this open source language and its many modules. This comprehensive reference guide makes it easy to look up all the most frequently needed information--not just about the Python language itself, but also the most frequently used parts of the standard library and the most important third-party extensions.

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This is an incredibly good book and covers an enormous amount of ground. You get a potted history of the Python language, a language overview, a guide to OOP and exception handling, modular programming, file manipulation, string manipulation, database programming, threading, GUI development, web development and much, much more. Suprisingly, you can pretty much learn the Python language from the coverage in this book (which is generally not the case for Nutshell books which are aimed by-and-large at the technically savvy). Credit also to the author for his exceptionally clear and concise writing style (which is even more impressive when you consider that Italian is his first language). This may be the only Python book you'll ever need. Certainly it should be the first that you buy.
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I had been interested in learning python for some time and had tried to wade through the online documentation. Although this was good, it was not quite enough to get me up and running.. This book filled the gap. Although it goes quite quickly in terms of its coverage of different subjects, there is enough to start programming in Python in this book alone, and it has enough detail to stay useful up to the highest levels of expertise. Read in combination with the online python documentation, it is all you need to start programming in Python and to continue improving. Excellently written, concise and up to date. Recommended.
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This is the book you need to have in your hand when coding Python. It was clearly written by somebody who has "done it", not just read the docs.
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Nutshell books are always densely packed and good value at the full price. This book was second hand at a vey low price, but in excellent condition. As it's not the most recent edition, it doesn't cover the latest developments in Python, but it does provide a good basic reference.
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The in a nutshell series of books are fantastic. I've read the ones on JAVA, Linux etc and always found them beneficial. Python in a Nutshell is no exception and the content is much better than many Python books I have read. Great for BSc, Msc students or those within industry.
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