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on 30 January 2008
This book is 1552 pages, and weighs 2.5 kgs. Despite that, nearly every single attempt I've made to look something up in the index has met with failure. Much of the bulk of the book comprises several chapters devoted entirely to python scripts the author has written and clearly feels very proud of. Screen shots, full source code listings, the works. Sadly none of it is of any great educational value.

For much of the rest of the book he relentlessly vomits up the usual unending stream of tired old Monty Python lines, interspersed with his own wildly hilarious observations like "use the Source, Luke!", "I am lost at C" and, most unforgivable of all, "Roses are Red, Violets Are Blue; Lists Are Mutable, and So Is Set Foo". It's like he copied all his section headings from t-shirt slogans on sysadmins at a beer festival.

I was fortunate enough to have pretty much every book on Python going bought for me by my company, and whilst Lutz is by no means the worst offender, he does have by far and away the lowest signal to noise ratio. To be fair it's not all Lutz's fault, and O'Reilly's relentless nosedive into medicrity is to blame. In the old days, he'd have been edited mercilessly and been given a decent index, and a reasonably useful 400 or so page book would have resulted. As it is, the reader is left to do that job themselves from Lutz's raw materials.
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