A Guide for Python Programmers
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2014
Pages: 240

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Cython can yield massive performance improvements over pure Python—speedups of 3000X are easily attainable for certain patterns. With this book, Kurt Smith shows you how to use Cython to easily wrap C and C++ libraries in Python, handling all the details of memory management for you. By removing the barrier between Python and C, Cython harnesses the best of both languages while remaining familiar and comfortable to Python users.

Cython has proven its usefulness in many foundational projects: Pandas, SymPy, Sage, and dozens of others, both open and closed source. You'll learn how Cython is an essential part of any performance-oriented Python programmer’s arsenal.

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Great way to get in to Cython!

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    Comments about oreilly Cython:

    As I'm writing this, the book is still an early release, so I am still missing the last few chapters, but I have been looking forward to, and reading, each update as quickly as they come out.

    Python is a great language for math/science work, but as an interpreted language, it can be slow for some uses. Cython is a clever way to overcome this limitation without losing the benefits of Python. This book is a great guide to all aspects of Cython.

    You don't need to know any Cython when you start this book (I'd never seen it before), but it is NOT an introduction to Python. I would suggest this book for people who are fairly familiar with Python and want to push it beyond what it can do on its own, or who would like to interface Python with C/C++ code for various reasons.

    Beyond just an introduction, this book goes in to great depth on the various aspects of Cython and C/C++ interfacing using Cython. After reading and developing along with this book you should be able to do just about anything there is to do in Cython. I can't recommend it highly enough!

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