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Programming Pythonby Mark Lutz
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Already the industry standard for Python users, Programming Python from O'Reilly just got even better. This third edition has been updated to reflect current best practices and the abundance of changes introduced by the latest version of the language, Python 2.5.
Whether you're a novice or an advanced practitioner, you'll find this refreshed book more than lives up to its reputation. Programming Python, 3rd Edition, teaches you the right way to code. It explains Python language syntax and programming techniques in a clear and concise manner, with numerous examples that illustrate both correct usage and common idioms. By reading this comprehensive guide, you'll learn how to apply Python in real-world problem domains such as:
Programming Python, Third Edition covers each of these target domains gradually, beginning with in-depth discussions of core concepts and then progressing toward complete programs. Large examples do appear, but only after you've learned enough to understand their techniques and code.
Along the way, you'll also learn how to use the Python language in realistically scaled programs--concepts such as Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) and code reuse are recurring side themes throughout this text. If you're interested in Python programming, then this O'Reilly classic needs to be within arm's reach. The wealth of practical advice, snippets of code, and patterns of program design can all be put into use on a daily basis--making your life easier and more productive.
Reviews of the second edition:
"...about as comprehensive as any book can be."
--Dr. Dobb's Journal
"If the language had manuals, they would undoubtedly be the texts from O'Reilly...'Learning Python' and 'Programming Python' are definitive treatments."
This hands-on book helps programmers master the fundamentals of the core Python language quickly and efficiently. Updated for Python 3.0, this book offers programmers a comprehensive learning tool for this language and object-oriented programming. It provides material and exercises derived from more than 200 live Python training session conducted by the author, and serves as a self-paced introductory Python resource.
As a language optimized for developer productivity, Python solves the software development crunch. As the industry standard book for mastering this expedient language, this volume explains Python language syntax and programming techniques in a clear and concise manner, with numerous examples that illustrate both correct usage and common idioms.
If you've mastered Python's fundamentals, you're ready to start using it to get real work done. Programming Python will show you how, with in-depth tutorials on the language's primary application domains: system administration, GUIs, and the Web. You'll also explore how Python is used in databases, networking, front-end scripting layers, text processing, and more. This book focuses on commonly used tools and libraries to give you a comprehensive understanding of Pythons many roles in practical, real-world programming.
You'll learn language syntax and programming techniques in a clear and concise manner, with lots of examples that illustrate both correct usage and common idioms. Completely updated for version 3.x, Programming Python also delves into the language as a software development tool, with many code examples scaled specifically for that purpose.
Google and YouTube use Python because it's highly adaptable, easy to maintain, and allows for rapid development. If you want to write high-quality, efficient code that's easily integrated with other languages and tools, this hands-on book will help you be productive with Python quickly — whether you're new to programming or just new to Python. It's an easy-to-follow self-paced tutorial, based on author and Python expert Mark Lutz's popular training course.
Each chapter contains a stand-alone lesson on a key component of the language, and includes a unique Test Your Knowledge section with practical exercises and quizzes, so you can practice new skills and test your understanding as you go. You'll find lots of annotated examples and illustrations to help you get started with Python 3.0.
About the Author
Mark Lutz is the world leader in Python training, the author of Python's earliest and best-selling texts, and a pioneering figure in the Python community since 1992. He has been a software developer for 25 years, and is the author of O'Reilly's Programming Python, 3rd Edition and Python Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition.
Table of Contents
Preface The Beginning Chapter 1: A Sneak Preview System Programming Chapter 2: System Tools Chapter 3: Script Execution Context Chapter 4: File and Directory Tools Chapter 5: Parallel System Tools Chapter 6: Complete System Programs GUI Programming Chapter 7: Graphical User Interfaces Chapter 8: A tkinter Tour, Part 1 Chapter 9: A tkinter Tour, Part 2 Chapter 10: GUI Coding Techniques Chapter 11: Complete GUI Programs Internet Programming Chapter 12: Network Scripting Chapter 13: Client-Side Scripting Chapter 14: The PyMailGUI Client Chapter 15: Server-Side Scripting Chapter 16: The PyMailCGI Server Tools and Techniques Chapter 17: Databases and Persistence Chapter 18: Data Structures Chapter 19: Text and Language Chapter 20: Python/C Integration The End Chapter 21: Conclusion: Python and the Development Cycle Colophon
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