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intro to python books

I'm looking for a good intro to python book. I'm very familiar with
programming, but know nothing of OOP or systems (OS type) programming.
All of my programming experience is in number crunching and generic
graphics engines (read: gobs and gobs of matrix manipulations and
super-efficient sorts), all of it in C.

I've written exactly one program in Python.

So, I need something that covers the finer points of Python - difference
between ' and " for example - and the greater things beyond that, like
implicit lists and classes.

I've had good luck with the O'Reilly books in the past, but I have to
buy everything mail order, so I can't browse easily and see what I'm buying.

Thanks,

-Kamus

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Jul 18 '05 #1
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In article <br***********@news3.infoave.net>,
Kamus of Kadizhar <ya*@NsOeSiPnAeMr.com> wrote:
Jul 18 '05 #2
In article <br***********@news3.infoave.net>,
Kamus of Kadizhar <ya*@NsOeSiPnAeMr.com> wrote:
I'm looking for a good intro to python book. I'm very familiar with
programming, but know nothing of OOP or systems (OS type) programming.
All of my programming experience is in number crunching and generic
graphics engines (read: gobs and gobs of matrix manipulations and
super-efficient sorts), all of it in C.

I've written exactly one program in Python.

So, I need something that covers the finer points of Python - difference
between ' and " for example - and the greater things beyond that, like
implicit lists and classes.

Jul 18 '05 #3
Kamus of Kadizhar <ya*@NsOeSiPnAeMr.com> writes:
I'm looking for a good intro to python book. I'm very familiar with
programming, but know nothing of OOP or systems (OS type)
programming. All of my programming experience is in number crunching
and generic graphics engines (read: gobs and gobs of matrix
manipulations and super-efficient sorts), all of it in C.


You should do fine starting with the online tutorial at www.python.org.
It's not terribly complete and it's a little bit dated, but it will
help you get the hang of Python.
Jul 18 '05 #4
Kamus of Kadizhar <ya*@NsOeSiPnAeMr.com> wrote in message news:<br***********@news3.infoave.net>...
I'm looking for a good intro to python book. I'm very familiar with
programming, but know nothing of OOP or systems (OS type) programming.
You might consider a book about OOP theory/technique per se.

So, I need something that covers the finer points of Python - difference
between ' and " for example - and the greater things beyond that, like
implicit lists and classes.

I've had good luck with the O'Reilly books in the past ..


Lutz and Asher's 'Learning Python' (from O'Reilly) is about to (has
just?) come out in its 2nd edition (finally), check it out here:
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/lpython2/

For something comprehensive and fairly recent, you might consider Alex
Martelli's 'Python in a Nutshell.'
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/pythonian/
Jul 18 '05 #5
Another GREAT on-line book/tutorial is http://diveintopython.org/
Jul 18 '05 #6

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