Python is growing in popularity; based on download statistics, there are now over 450,000 people using Python, and more than 150,000 people using Python on Windows. Use of the language has been growing at about 40% per year since 1995, and there is every reason to believe that growth will continue.
Despite Python's increasing popularity on Windows, Python Programming on Win32 is the first book to demonstrate how to use it as a serious Windows development and administration tool. Unlike scripting on Unix, Windows scripting involves integrating a number of components, such as COM or the various mail and database APIs, with the Win32 programming interface. While experienced Windows C++ programmers can find their way through the various objects, most people need some guidance, and this book is it. It addresses all the basic technologies for common integration tasks on Windows, explaining both the Windows issues and the Python code you need to glue things together.
The Python language and the PythonWin extensions
Building a GUI with COM
Adding a Macro language
Distributing the application
Client-side COM for output and data access
Integration with mail and other internet protocols
Managing users and drives
This is a vital and unique book. Python Programming on Win32 is an excellent presentation of Windows application development and a solid illustration of how to use Python in the Windows environment.
Mark Hammond is an independent Microsoft Windows consultant working out of Melbourne, Australia. He studied computer science at the South Australian Institute of Technology (now the University of South Australia), and then worked with several large financial institutions in Australia. He started his consulting operation in 1995. Mark has produced many of the Windows extensions for Python, including PythonWin, Active Scripting, and Active Debugging support, and coauthored the COM framework and extensions. He is also a leading authority on Active Scripting and related technologies and has spoken on this subject at Microsofts three most recent Professional Developers conferences. Apart from being a father to his teenage daughter, having an interest in live music, and providing way-too-many free Python extensions, Mark has no life!
Andy Robinson is a London-based consultant specializing in business analysis, object-oriented design, and Windows development. He studied physics and philosophy, then Japanese studies at Oxford. He spent a year in advertising in Tokyo, two more in investment banking, and a long spell as the finance director of a startup in the sports industry. Observing that in all these positions he always ended up having to rewrite software, he moved to full-time computer consulting four years ago. He is currently helping one of the world's largest fund managers to internationalize their systems to handle Asian languages, developing Python systems for financial analysis, and reporting. Back when Andy had spare time, his passions were track and field, and rock climbing. Right now his two sons, Tim and Harry, are taking up all of his time.
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Comments about oreilly Python Programming On Win32:
I bought this book recently, despite it's age, and I haven't been disapointed. It realy is in need of a major update or rewrite, but don't let that put you off.
The book offers very useful short introductions to a wide variety of important topics, with just enough info to get you started. You will very quickly need to move on to more thorough resources, but this book will very quickly get you started.
My first exposure to the book was through an extract posted as an article to onlamp.com, the subject being GUI programming using wxPython.
Here are a few peeves with the book. Several major examples revolve around a financial preogramming library which is not given in the book, and which doesn't seem to be available online anymore. This doesn't completely wipe out the value of those exampes, but it severely weakens the book. The COM and DCOM information is distributed across 3 or 4 chapters, which sems a bit odd. COM is a big subject and does affect many areas of functionality so perhaps there is no ideal way to handle it.
Python has moved on a bit from when this book was written, but I found that to be less of a problem than I expected. Even so O'Reilly - please update this book, as you have a number of your other Python books. Your still have a way to go before your current range of Python material is decently up to date.
Comments about oreilly Python Programming On Win32:
As a newcomer to Python and Windows programming, I am finding this book a great introduction to many aspects of both topics. Things such as using COM, DCOM, good coverage of database work, GUI software and IDEs for Python etc etc. Really useful.