Python Programming On Win32
Help for Windows Programmers
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: January 2000
Pages: 674

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.Topics include:

  • 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.
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Good introduction and basic reference

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  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written


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Comments about oreilly Python Programming On Win32:

I use this book as reference for prograsmming python scripts. It gives a good overview of the win32 api. Unfortunately it doesn't cover all aspects of pywin32, e.g. adsi

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An old book, but still very useful

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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, 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.

Simon Hibbs

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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.

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