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This Nutshell guide provides a one-stop shop for Python programmers need help remembering or deciphering the syntax of this open source language and its many powerful but scantily documented modules. The third edition of this comprehensive reference guide makes it easy for you to look up the most frequently needed information—not just about the Python language itself, but also the most frequently used parts of the standard library and the most important third-party extensions.
Chapter 1Introduction to Python
Chapter 2The Python Interpreter
Chapter 3The Python Language
Chapter 4Object-Oriented Python
Chapter 7Core Built-ins and Standard Library Modules
Chapter 9Regular Expressions
Chapter 10File and Text Operations
Chapter 11Persistence and Databases
Chapter 12Time Operations
Chapter 13Controlling Execution
Chapter 14Threads and Processes
Chapter 15Asynchronous Alternatives
Chapter 16Numeric Processing
Chapter 17Testing, Debugging, and Optimizing
Chapter 18aNetworking Basics
Chapter 18bClient-Side Network Protocol Modules
Chapter 19Serving HTTP
Chapter 20MIME (for email, HTTP, etc.) and Other Network Encodings
Chapter 21Structured Text: HTML
Chapter 22Structured Text: XML
Chapter 23Extending and Embedding Classic Python
Chapter 24Developing and Distrubting Extensions and Programs
Alex Martelli spent 8 years with IBM Research, winning three Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards.He then spent 13 as a Senior Software Consultant at think3 inc, developing libraries, network protocols, GUI engines, event frameworks, and web access frontends. He has also taught programming languages, development methods, and numerical computing at Ferrara University and other venues. He's a C++ MVP for Brainbench, and a member of the Python Software Foundation. He currently works for AB Strakt, a Python-centered software house in Göteborg, Sweden, mostly by telecommuting from his home in Bologna, Italy. Alex's proudest achievement is the articles that appeared in Bridge World (January/February 2000), which were hailed as giant steps towards solving issues that had haunted contract bridge theoreticians for decades.
Anna Martelli Ravenscroft is an experienced speaker and trainer, with diverse background developing curricula for church, regional transit, disaster preparedness; developing web applications for therapy, learning, fitness; writing technical books, articles and presentations; active member of Open Source community; skilled at translating between IT professionals and end users.
Steve Holden Is a consultant, advising clients on system and network architectures and the design and implementation of programmed web systems. He also teaches classes on TCP/IP, network security, database and programming topics, and is the author of "Python Web Programming", the O'Reilly School of Technology's "Certificate series in Python" and O'Reilly Media's "Intermediate Python" video series.
Steve has spent time on both sides of the "academic divide", and was an early researcher into the integration of text, graphics and database while teaching system development topics at Manchester University. This research led Steve to form Desktop Connection Limited, the first UK reseller of Frame Technology's (now Adobe's) FrameMaker software. His customers included British Telecom, British Aerospace, British Gas, and Sun Microsystems.
Born and raised in the UK, Steve has travelled throughout Europe and the USA on teaching assignments. He now lives in Portland, OR, the USA's open source epicenter, where when not consulting, teaching or writing he enjoys looking for worthwhile American beers, entertaining friends and family, and reading science fiction.
Older editions were awesome, looking forward to the update!
from Spokane, WA
About Me Designer, Developer
Easy to understand
Comments about oreilly Python in a Nutshell:
I really enjoyed the older editions, which are now sadly out of date. Python has come a long way since 2.4, but most of the basics haven't and the earlier editions of this book were fantastic at teaching them.
The author is also active on Stack Overflow, and his answers are always the correct answers. He really does know his stuff.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend