Python Pocket Reference Paperback – 17 Nov 2001
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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 http://www.rmi.net/~lutz.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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A pocket reference without an index?? What were they thinking???
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