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on 2 June 2013
Programming Python has a lot of knowledge inside it. The trouble is, it will bore you to death getting that knowledge out. This guy is anything but succinct. He rambles and rambles to get his point across. I'ts admirable in that he wants to leave no stone unturned when explaining how Python works but his conversational style is that of a boring old school teacher. You can't even skim over paragraphs to get to the important bits because the nuggets of info are all nested in this rampant verbosity. I have fallen asleep many evenings with this gigantic lump of a book in my lap from mind numbing boredom.

Unfortunately though. This is the only book that I have found that contains such a comprehensive lesson in Python at an intermediate level. So while it is quite poorly written, if you want a book to take you beyond the basics then this is the only comprehensive choice.
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on 24 August 2014
Nearly impossible to use,, this book rambles on and on, going over subjects many times, adding in extra , snazzy bits of code that shows how savvy the writer is, and have to be untangled to find out what you want. this takes many hours to find out the simplest things.
The index is useless,
This book shows that the worst person to write a how-to book is a person who KNOWS the subject and has no idea how to teach or even organise their thoughts sufficiently enough to be readable.
Having read many books on programming , this one leaves me none the wiser.
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on 15 February 2014
Not bedtime reading by anybody's way of assessing that attribute. But it *is* comprehensive and it is detailed. By the end of the book you know everything you need to know and a fair bit you'll probably never, ever need. So not only can you program in Python when you've read all this, but you can also bore your friends down the pub with your knowledge of the bits of Python nobody cares about! Still four stars, though. An impressive piece of work.
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on 11 October 2015
Extremely verbose, everything is said three or four times. It does contain virtually everything you might want to know about Python, but the book is really difficult to use because of its monumental size, weight and really bad paper quality. The book will literally fall apart under its own weight if you are not careful!
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on 20 November 2014
As others have said - it needs editing to reduce repetition.
However, it does make a solid introduction.
Not for those who want to read 20 pages and get going.
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on 21 May 2018
Very good book
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on 30 November 2016
V. Good
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on 29 July 2016
Complete book about python.
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on 10 December 2015
as expected
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on 26 November 2015
Good book but author does tend to labour points - would benefit from stronger editing.
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