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3.0 out of 5 stars
A good resource of limited usefullness to the python experienced., 2 May 2006
The first disappointment of this book is its win32 approach. It focuses all the examples on execing within a stiff windows environment and does little to orient the scripts to a linux shell. This would be acceptable, were the book providing insight into python programming not freely available on the internet.
The modules being discussed are, for the most part, the well documented std libs which come with python version 2.2. Most of the high-level features of the language are ignored: Packaging modules, Class inheritance models, and general process control (including exceptions).
In my experince, this book should include a disclaimer stating that it teaches basic programming tricks in a python context, and doesnt offer advanced python techniques.
If you are an intermediate to beginner script writer and would like to advance your python skills, this is a good book for you. If you are an advanced programmer looking to streamline python code or transition to python this book should be overlooked. For those of us able to wade through a long library reference it would be preferable to visit the online docs of your python version; it will be much more intuitive and up to date regarding the exotic usage or advanced manipulations the language offers.