Python Pocket Reference
  • Python Pocket Reference
  • Python Pocket Reference
ISBN: 0596158084
EAN13: 9780596158088
Language: English
Pages: 210
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 6.9" L x 4.2" W
Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Updated for both Python 3.4 and 2.7, this convenient pocket guide is the perfect on-the-job quick reference. You'll find concise, need-to-know information on Python types and statements, special method names, built-in functions and exceptions, commonly used standard library modules, and other prominent Python tools. The handy index lets you pinpoint exactly what you need.

Written by Mark Lutz--widely recognized as the world's leading Python trainer--Python Pocket Reference is an ideal companion to O'Reilly's classic Python tutorials, Learning Python and Programming Python, also written by Mark.

This fifth edition covers:

  • Built-in object types, including numbers, lists, dictionaries, and more
  • Statements and syntax for creating and processing objects
  • Functions and modules for structuring and reusing code
  • Python's object-oriented programming tools
  • Built-in functions, exceptions, and attributes
  • Special operator overloading methods
  • Widely used standard library modules and extensions
  • Command-line options and development tools
  • Python idioms and hints
  • The Python SQL Database API

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Book Reviews (8)

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4
   Time-saver for the professional programmer
It is a handy memory-jogger, especially for those who are polyglot and can not remember all the fiddly bits from all languages.
 
5
   Great reference - now with an index!
Well, it now has one and complements perfectly what is a fantastic quick reference for many of your Python needs, from built-in modules to regular expressions. Of course, it does not include the formal grammar of the language, a complete reference of libraries available or anything other than quick pointers for someone who already knows what is Python, but is not yet a guru.
 
5
   Great book for beginners
I recently picked up Python as my first language and have found myself often picking up my reference book, going to the index and looking up what I need. This is my saving grace, along with the Python in a Nutshell book.
 
3
   Good for introduction
This product came on time and had a good condition.
 
4
   Meets its goals
This is a great book for anyone who uses Python, especially for programmers at this level of Python competence after the beginner stage, but short of a master's fluency. It provides a short but clearly organized summary of the language, basic data structures, printf and other control codes, and the primitive subset of support libraries. And because the editors apparently listened to the criticism of previous editions, the third editions includes a useful index as well as a table of contents. Some readers will be disappointed that it is not the book that it was never meant to be. It was never meant to be a tutorial or text book, it never meant to be a complete specification of language and libraries, and it never meant to be an encyclopedic description of the many available libraries. If you know what you want, if that is a quick reminder of Python's most useful basics, this book will meet your needs.
 
5
   Object achieved
It is amazing how much information is packed into this small format. Toss it for a quick reference into your laptop bag, particularly since the third edition contains an index and covers Python 2.4. This handy reference will earn its keep with so many useful applications using Python as a macro language. Of course, there is always online documentation if you are online.
 
4
   An Excellent Pocket Reference
In general, I have not been too happy with O'Reilly's Python material. In 150 pages, Mark Lutz manages to deliver an informative reference for the 2.4 version of the Python language, which I find myself referring to rather often. It is concise, well-organized and easy to use. I found this reference to be an invaluable tool in learning the language Python as well. The clarity of this reference will be a boon to any Python programmer, doubtless.
 
3
   It has no index!
I agree with the other reviewers that this book contains useful information, but IT HAS NO INDEX and FINDING that useful information is non-trivial. What was O'Reillys thinking? If a third edition ever appears, and if it has an index, I would be happy to buy it, as the book does seem to pack a lot of information into a small compass.
 
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