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the best book for learning python !?

Hi ,

I was just wondering ( yeah I know it's not the first time this
question pops up )
what would be the best 2 or 3 books for someone who wants to learn
Python , already experienced in other non-OOP languages .It takes time
to browse endlessly on the net , in a bookshop or a library for THOSE
books that are really useful !

Thanks ,
post400
Jul 18 '05 #1
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The new second edition of Learning Python is outstanding. Not because of
the fact that it's recent (2004), but it just simply surpassed the first
edition in coverage. Exceptions covered in 3 chapters, is one of my
personal reasons.

I actually put my Quick Python and Python in a Nutshell back on the
bookshelf, just for now, and stopped doing anything with my current Python
app (a backup program), until I've read this edition of L.P. and inhaled
the concepts better.
You asked for books, specifically, so I won't mention the tutorials
available on the net.
Have fun,
Steve
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Hi ,

I was just wondering ( yeah I know it's not the first time this
question pops up )
what would be the best 2 or 3 books for someone who wants to learn
Python , already experienced in other non-OOP languages .It takes time
to browse endlessly on the net , in a bookshop or a library for THOSE
books that are really useful !

Thanks ,
post400

Jul 18 '05 #2
I just picked up a copy of Learning Perl by Lutz/Ascher (OReilly). This is
the best intermediate/expert reference I've seen to date on Python. I can
highly recommend this effort. Thanks to Mark and David.

Art
python newbie wrote:
The new second edition of Learning Python is outstanding. Not because of
the fact that it's recent (2004), but it just simply surpassed the first
edition in coverage. Exceptions covered in 3 chapters, is one of my
personal reasons.

I actually put my Quick Python and Python in a Nutshell back on the
bookshelf, just for now, and stopped doing anything with my current Python
app (a backup program), until I've read this edition of L.P. and inhaled
the concepts better.
You asked for books, specifically, so I won't mention the tutorials
available on the net.
Have fun,
Steve
"post400" <po*****@prontomail.com> wrote in message
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Hi ,

I was just wondering ( yeah I know it's not the first time this
question pops up )
what would be the best 2 or 3 books for someone who wants to learn
Python , already experienced in other non-OOP languages .It takes time
to browse endlessly on the net , in a bookshop or a library for THOSE
books that are really useful !

Thanks ,
post400



Jul 18 '05 #3
Arthur Billingsley wrote:
I just picked up a copy of Learning Perl by Lutz/Ascher (OReilly). This is
the best intermediate/expert reference I've seen to date on Python. I can
highly recommend this effort. Thanks to Mark and David.


Learning Perl? A Freudian slip perhaps?

--
Timo Virkkala
Jul 18 '05 #4
Am Mon, 16 Feb 2004 13:13:06 -0800 schrieb post400:
Hi ,

I was just wondering ( yeah I know it's not the first time this
question pops up )
what would be the best 2 or 3 books for someone who wants to learn
Python , already experienced in other non-OOP languages .It takes time
to browse endlessly on the net , in a bookshop or a library for THOSE
books that are really useful !


I recommend the Python Cookbook.

thomas

Jul 18 '05 #5
Hi,

I got the second edition of "Learning Python" a couple of weeks ago
and found it very disappointing. I had been expecting something along
the lines of "Learning Perl", which is an excellent book for newbies.

My main gripe with "Learning Python" is that it is too long and
detailed. As a newbie, you don't want that detail initially. For
example, the "Hello, world" program doesn't appear until page 142!

Having said that, the book is really good if you already know a bit of
Python. The explanation of some of the language features is really
revealing and I did learn a lot from it.

For a newbie, I'd recommend "Practical Python".

Cameron.

"python newbie" <me*******@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<yv*******************@newssvr25.news.prodigy .com>...
The new second edition of Learning Python is outstanding. Not because of
the fact that it's recent (2004), but it just simply surpassed the first
edition in coverage. Exceptions covered in 3 chapters, is one of my
personal reasons.

I actually put my Quick Python and Python in a Nutshell back on the
bookshelf, just for now, and stopped doing anything with my current Python
app (a backup program), until I've read this edition of L.P. and inhaled
the concepts better.
You asked for books, specifically, so I won't mention the tutorials
available on the net.
Have fun,
Steve
"post400" <po*****@prontomail.com> wrote in message
news:b1**************************@posting.google.c om...
Hi ,

I was just wondering ( yeah I know it's not the first time this
question pops up )
what would be the best 2 or 3 books for someone who wants to learn
Python , already experienced in other non-OOP languages .It takes time
to browse endlessly on the net , in a bookshop or a library for THOSE
books that are really useful !

Thanks ,
post400

Jul 18 '05 #6
> I was just wondering ( yeah I know it's not the first time this
question pops up )
what would be the best 2 or 3 books for someone who wants to learn
Python , already experienced in other non-OOP languages .It takes time
to browse endlessly on the net , in a bookshop or a library for THOSE
books that are really useful !


Read the Python Tutorial included with Python, and browse through the
standard library.

- Josiah
Jul 18 '05 #7

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