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As a portable, open source, object-oriented programming language, Python combines remarkable power with clear syntax. And, as one of the fastest growing languages, Python manages systems and can be used for data mining and Web development. With this book, you'll learn how to program using the latest release Python 2.4 and create robust, reliable, and reusable Python applications.
You'll quickly see why Python is an ideal first programming language to learn, both for its ease of use and the fact that it offers interpreters for most operating system platforms. This in-depth look at Python 2.4 examines how it has become even easier for you to tell a computer what tasks you want it to do in an environment where you are in control.
What you will learn from this book
Who this book is for
This book is for anyone who wants to learn how to program with Python or who wants to quickly learn how to use Python for rapid development of applications for the Web, scientific applications, bioinformatics, and applications for system tasks.
Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
Alex Samuel (San Diego, CA) has developed software for biology researchers and now studies highenergy physics at Caltech. Alex has worked on many GNU/Linux development tools, including GCC, and co-founded CodeSourcery LLC, a consulting firm specializing in GNU/Linux development tools.
David Aitel (NY, NY) is the CEO of Immunity and a coauthor of Shellcoder’s Handbook.
Eric Foster-Johnson (Minneapolis, MN) uses Python extensively with Java, and is a veteran author, most recently completing Beginning Shell Scripting.
Leonard Richardson (San Francisco, CA) writes useful Python packages with silly names.
Jason Diamond (CA) Jason Diamond is a software development instructor for DevelopMentor and a consultant specializing in C++, .NET, Python, and XML. He spends most of his spare time contributing to open-source projects using his favorite language, Python.
Aleathea Parker (San Francisco CA) is a programmer working as a publication engineer for a major software company, coding primarily in Python and XSLT. She has a background in web applications and content management.
Michael Roberts (Puerto Rico) has been programming professionally in C, Perl, and Python for long enough that Python didn’t actually exist when he started. He is the chief perpetrator of the wftk open-source workflow toolkit, and he swears that it will someday be finished, for certain values of “finished”.
I guess the authors of the book did not properly speculate the way most people learn programming languages, which is by going to some book and they tell you exactly what the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by smartguy
This book has hindered my learning of Python, not enhanced. It does cover many aspects of Python, but I have a hard time feeling like I can trust what is written in the later... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by MusicologyFan74
Really?! An Omelette is the best example you could come up with? fridge contents? types of cheese? wanted food? Who programs that stuff? Read morePublished on August 8, 2010 by Arash Mehraban
A choice excerpt:
"The best way to start writing a class is to decide what you want it to do. Read more
As you can guess from the name this is an introductory text. Check out Summerfield (Programming in Python 3) and Lutz (Learning Python) for reference texts. Read morePublished on January 7, 2010 by Mirko Savic
It may be useful for someone learning Python as their introduction to programming. I've programmed in C for years. Read morePublished on April 9, 2009 by Amazon Customer
The book is very annoying, actually i found the style of the authors rather heavy,easy topics are explained difficult to understand, which shows the luck of experience in writing... Read morePublished on March 25, 2009 by Mark Twain