Programming Python, 3rd Edition
Powerful Object-Oriented Programming
By Mark Lutz
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2006
Pages: 1600

Already the industry standard for Python users, ProgrammingPython fromO'Reilly just got even better. This third edition has been updated toreflect current best practices andthe abundance of changes introduced by the latest version of thelanguage, Python 2.5.

Whether you're a novice or an advancedpractitioner, you'll find thisrefreshed book more than lives up to its reputation. ProgrammingPython, 3rd Edition, teaches you the rightway to code. It explains Python language syntax and programmingtechniques in a clear and concisemanner, with numerous examples that illustrate both correct usage andcommon idioms. By reading thiscomprehensive guide, you'll learn how to apply Python in real-worldproblem domains such as:

  • GUI programming
  • Internet scripting
  • Parallel processing
  • Database management
  • Networked applications

Programming Python, Third Edition coverseach of thesetarget domainsgradually, beginning with in-depth discussions of core concepts andthen progressing toward completeprograms. Large examples do appear, but only after you've learnedenough to understand their techniques andcode.

Along the way, you'll also learn how to use the Python language inrealistically scaled programs--concepts such as Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) and code reuseare recurring side themes throughout thistext. If you're interested in Python programming, then this O'Reillyclassic needs to be within arm's reach. Thewealth of practical advice, snippets of code, and patterns of programdesign can all be put into use on adaily basis--making your life easier and more productive.

Reviews of the second edition:

"...about as comprehensive as any book can be."
--Dr. Dobb's Journal

"If the language had manuals, they would undoubtedlybe the texts from O'Reilly...'Learning Python' and 'Programming Python'are definitive treatments."
--SD Times

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Very good, and well suited for Mac OS

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    Comments about oreilly Programming Python, 3rd Edition:

    I use the combination Learning Python and Programming Python and am amazed and impressed by the clearness of the texts.

    Cross-platform portability gets more than sufficient attention and I, as a Mac OS user, do not feel that this book would not support my (or any other) environment.

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    I, whole heartedly, agree with the comment about the poor index.

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    If the index was complete, this book would be very useful.

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    Need to include Mac OS X

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    Comments about oreilly Programming Python, 3rd Edition:

    It is a good book, but I continue to be disappointed with the lack of support for or discussion of Mac OSX / Darwin in the examples.



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    Needs a better index

    By Hauch

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    Comments about oreilly Programming Python, 3rd Edition:

    Think of a python word. Look in the index. Chances are it isn't there. A book is not searchable electronic media, novel though this experience might be for most programmers, I know! You really, really cannot skimp on the index. You could usefully double the number of index pages. Take a python interpreter, get a full list of python words. Put them _all_ in the index unless they don't appear in your book, not even once. Then write down a list of concepts such as "flow control". Add those too. Then you will have at least a basic index. At present the book is just an exuberant random assembly and no good as a source for answers.

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    Comments about oreilly Programming Python, 3rd Edition:

    'Programming Python' by Mark Lutz is an absolute gem of a book for anyone that is, wants, or has to learn Python. From the nuts and bolts to learning how to do the uber-exciting superstar stuff, this book has it all and then some. At around 1,550 page, this book is certainly not on the light side, but as I rarely do with books this larger, I cannot complain one bit. Solid writing, wonderfully laid out, and the kind of guide that can be described as "a course in a book", this is an exceptional reference for Python users and lovers the world over.

    Can I possibly use any more adjectives to describe how much I praise this book?? If you use Python or want to become a better Python programmer, pick up this home run and you'll be rounding the bases in no time!!


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    As advertised...

    By claff

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    Comments about oreilly Programming Python, 3rd Edition:

    As an experienced programmer new to Python, this (large!) book is proving its worth at a very early stage. I picked up the rudiments of Python from the 'Nutshell' book, and the online tutorial ( This book picks up from there perfectly - how to get things done.

    I have sifted through the first few chapters and feel I've learned much about the 'python way' of doing things. I have also had a need for help with XML (middle of the book) and C-extentions (end of the book), and found that jumping around as such was not a problem - the material sampled in both of these sections provided a foundation that was far easier to deal with than previous attempts to patch together info from web searching, etc.

    I'll never have time to read it cover to cover, but it will be on my desk anytime I'm python'ing.

    (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


    Networking section is too dated

    By Stephen Purpura

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    Comments about oreilly Programming Python, 3rd Edition:

    Scraping and processing the web for data is increasingly interesting to blooming social scientists. With the availability of the BeautifulSoup library, these occasional programmers are now able to slice & dice HTML with regular expressions. But they shouldn't use this book to help them scrape the data from the Internet. Reading this book and using its examples, one might conclude that cookies don't exist on the Web.

    If you're looking for solid Web examples or networking example code, don't look here. This section of the book is in need of a re-tune.

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