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Python Pocket Reference Paperback – 17 Nov 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (17 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596001894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596001896
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,135,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Mark Lutz is an independent Python trainer, writer, and software developer, and is one of the primary figures in the Python community. He is the author of the O'Reilly books Programming Python and Python Pocket Reference (both in 2nd Editions), and co-author of Learning Python (both in 2nd Editions). Mark has been involved with Python since 1992, began teaching Python classes in 1997, and has instructed over 90 Python training sessions as of early 2003. In addition, he holds BS and MS degrees in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, and over the last two decades has worked on compilers, programming tools, scripting applications, and assorted client/server systems. Whenever Mark gets a break from spreading the Python word, he leads an ordinary, average life with his kids in Colorado. Mark can be reached by email at , or on the web at

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O'Reilly were onto a winner when they started publishing their Pocket Reference guides, but with the Python Pocket Reference the wheels seem to have fallen off the wagon somewhat.
Yes, there's an overview of the various language constructs but the book suffers from the fact that the table of contents is poor and the index is non-existent. The end result is a book which is nearly impossible to use. Whether the lack of an index is the fault of the publisher or the author is something of a moot point, but it's undeniable that these omissions ruin the book's usefulness.
If you want a Python reference you can carry around with you, this is the one to go for. Otherwise, splash the cash on Mark Beazley's `Python Essential Reference' instead - it costs a lot more, but is far more useable.
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Packed with highly useful content to the very last page. Sadly, that leaves no room for an index, and this book would really need one.
However, once you've created a few bookmarks and familiarised yourself with the book, it's indispensable. It's small enough to always stay on your desktop instead of being left on the shelf. And if you're bored, you can always flip through the book and learn something you didn't already know ;-)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x90694d38) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x904e5ed0) out of 5 stars needs an index!!!!! a 4 pg. index would still b pocket ref 11 Dec. 2002
By Kyle W. Willkomm - Published on
its not bad but it could be great with an index.
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90aefca8) out of 5 stars lack of index *really* hurts 8 April 2005
By coach - Published on
I've used the Perl pocket reference for years, and I almost always start at the index. The lack of an index in this book is *really* annoying. The content is great, once you find what you're looking for.

A pocket reference without an index?? What were they thinking???
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