Python Standard Library
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2001
Pages: 304

Python Standard Library is an essential guide for serious Python programmers. Python is a modular language that imports most useful operations from the standard library (basic support modules; operating system interfaces; network protocols; file formats; data conversions; threads and processes; and data storage). You can't really program in Python without using it. In this book, author Fredrik Lundh, creator of the Python Imaging Library (PIL), delivers tested, accurate documentation of all the modules in the Python Standard Library, along with over 300 annotated example scripts using the modules.Python Standard Library renders this valuable information in a clean, easy-to-read format, yet doesn't talk down to readers. This accurate and complete reference documentation is for the Python programmer who wants the facts and little else.The book is based on the author's work with the Python newsgroup: he reviewed more than 2500 questions and answers to that newsgroup in order to make sure the book covered what Python users really wanted to know. An earlier version of this book has been available electronically for over a year, so the material has been tested by Python programmers in real-life applications.This version of Python Standard Library covers all the new modules and related information for Python 2.0, the first new major release of Python in four years.

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My favorite Python book

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    Comments about oreilly Python Standard Library:

    This was my second Python book and I still use. I have some 10 Python books now but this one is my favorite. It contains great code examples, making it quickly clear what can be done with a module.

    It is a good thing it is not filled with boring tables and other references, you can always look at python.org for the latest details.

    This book deserved a 2nd edition and it still makes me wonder what kind of people decided against it.
    Well written, excellent example code, a joy to read.

     
    5.0

    Excellent Book

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    Comments about oreilly Python Standard Library:

    I have no idea why other readers haven't though highly of this book. Anyhow, this is my first O'Reilly book. I had worked with Python for a few months before I bought the book. This book increased my knowlegdge of Python a great bit. While it is not a complete reference ( it never claims to be anyway ), I find myself looking in the index a few times each day to find out a module's purpose or to find a module that can accomplish a certain task.

    I also like how the author presents [i]code[/i] that demonstrates what a module does. It's a lot easier to learn from.

    Overall, this is an excellent book.

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    Comments about oreilly Python Standard Library:

    I've found the book itself useful. Unfortunately the CD-ROM is flawed. The CD-ROM that came with the book has the contents of the top-level directory recursively across the CD.

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    Comments about oreilly Python Standard Library:

    Sadly, far from O'Reilly's best book. It's not quite clear what the author wanted to achieve: it's too thin on the details to be a reference work (plus, it lacks the tables of options, commands, methods, etc.) to make it referential; it's not focused on teaching concepts. I'm a disappointed buyer. If I were asked to recommend a good book on Python's library, I'd recommend _Python:_The Essential_Reference_, by New Riders. (It does seem that O'Reilly is working on Python In a Nutshell, though, and if that's as good as Perl in a Nutshell, it would be *great* !)

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    Comments about oreilly Python Standard Library:

    Or if the CD contained an electronic version of the book. I hate having to keep digging for the book in my mountain stack of other books everytime i want to look something up wen i'm programming. I don't know about you, but for a supposed champion of open-source concepts, O'Reilly sure seems real paranoid about making its 'IP' more accessible.

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    Comments about oreilly Python Standard Library:

    Ok book. But the accompanying CD is really not worth it. If the price could've been knocked down even just $3 without the CD, it would have made a more compelling buy.

    The Pythonworks IDE demo is really nothing but an ad while none of the included scripts exceed 4KB.

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