Python Pocket Reference, 5th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: January 2014
Pages: 266

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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    4.0

    Would benefit from an improved index

    By Tired Old Queenslander

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      Comments about oreilly Python Pocket Reference, 5th Edition:

      I use this as a reference while coding which means a good index is essential. This book's index could be better.

      In spite of the above, I find this book useful and it has reduced my need to access Python's on line documentation
      considerably.

       
      4.0

      Useful and comprehensive

      By Alexander

      from Moscow, Russia

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        Comments about oreilly Python Pocket Reference, 5th Edition:

        Maybe more thought should be put into organization of the material, but then again it is hard to achieve in a such complicated matter and people worked on it did a good job.

         
        5.0

        Just what I needed

        By PC

        from Colorado Springs

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          Comments about oreilly Python Pocket Reference, 5th Edition:

          For me, the python.org site was really hard to navigate and find what I need. I'm just learning the language and need to quickly remind myself what methods and built-ins are available.

          I got the pdf version of this. Index on the left is perfect. Can bookmark what I need. I just keep it open on the right side of my 2nd monitor. This has solved a ton of frustration for me. Worth every penny.

           
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          Not useful to me ...

          By Black Diamond Dave

          from Austin, TX

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          Comments about oreilly Python Pocket Reference, 5th Edition:

          Maybe my usage of Python is idiosyncratic, but this book just didn't contain what I needed every time I reached for it. The on-line Python documentation and Google matches on stack overflow are far more effective - at least for me.

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          5.0

          Excellent Pocket Reference

          By Nerdy Dude

          from Hollis, NH

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            Comments about oreilly Python Pocket Reference, 5th Edition:

            This is a great little reference book. I'm used to all the different Cookbook series and other programming books and when I first started going through this one, I was a little put off because it didn't follow the other formats with lots of examples and explanations but then I remembered this this is just a quick reference. For that purpose, it does a great job. Highly recommended.

            Just a note that I did receive this for free through the O'Reilly review program.

             
            4.0

            Excellent compact guide

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              Nice short guide and reminder

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