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Beginning Python: From Novice to Professional, 2nd Edition (The Experts Voice in Open Source) (Books for Professionals by Professionals) 2nd Edition

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  • Series: Books for Professionals by Professionals
  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2nd edition (November 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9380501609
  • ISBN-13: 978-9380501604
  • ASIN: 1590599829
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I admit it. I really like Python as a programming language. So there. :-)
I think that Magnus has a very reasonable approach to presenting Python as a programming language. The real benefit to this book, however, is the collection of projects, and the way in which they are presented. Each project chapter is presented using the following template:

- What's the problem
- Useful tools
- Preparations
- First implementation
- Second implementation
...
- Putting it all together
- Further exploration

Far too many programming books present the "final" code in all its "glory" with no indication to the reader that it took multiple iterations to get to the code that was presented.

Yes, this takes a bit more room, but for those to whom programming is new, it is a very valuable technique. It is really important for programmers to realize that the first draft, or attempt, doesn't have to (and will almost never) be right, or complete.

Thanks
Magnus!
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With the move to Python 3.0, I've been reading newer Python books a lot recently, either in final print form or pre-publication drafts. Then a friend just gave me her copy of this book, which I had read before but did not own.

I ended up re-reading a lot of this book and loving it more this time around. In particular, Magnus writes true Python code, getting to the heart of the language itself. I've read one too many "Python" books that are merely re-writes of a programming book from another language. Sure, you can re-write your C or Java code in Python, but to really grasp the beauty and efficiency of Python, you should be writing true Python (Pythonic) code. Magnus gets it, and this book is definitely worth reading, even now. It would be nice to have a version updated to 3.0, but this book is much better than the few 3.0 books I have seen published so far.
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This book is pretty well written and easy to understand. The first few chapters seem really analogous to the MIT OCW beginning Python course.

My main issue with the book is that it is supposed to cover Python 3. The author states that the Python 2 syntax is nearly identical to Python 3 and that where it is different in the book he will make note of it. However, there are several examples that will give errors in Python 3 that are not noted by the author.
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I've been programming computers since 1960. This is the best book I've ever seen on learning a new language. Material is introduced at the right pace, in the right order, and in a very readable fashion. I highly recommend it. I tried other books on Python (free and non-free) and chose this one as the best for me. I think it will be the best for you, too!
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The cover of this book clearly says "Covered Version 3". Unfortnately, the extent of this coverages is Appendix D, about 7 pages. The rest of this book covers version 2.5. Sounds like a sneaky way to sell a second edition.
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Mangnus Hetland's book was my intro to the python world. He strikes a balance between being tutorial for a programmer with shaky feet to being empowering by giving insights into software development ideas for bigger projects. Speaking of those, not only does he enrich the book with a tour of the object oriented and pattern filled language. To show these pieces in practice, he offers multiple practical project pieces (parsing markups like html/xml, building GUIs, erecting a web service) that make a rookie feel good to see working. And he does so with iterative programming, showing a simple implementation and then a more filled in one, as is natural for a programmer to go through without feeling overwhelmed. Throughout the book he throws all sorts of wisdom from the various hats that he wears, (teacher, developer and Pythonista...). I credit a lot to him the scripts I have running on production servers.
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I took this book with me on vacation and read it cover to cover. I have ready many books on various languages so I have experience the good and the very very bad. This book bubbled up on my very good list. I now feel comfortable with Python and have already started developing in it.

Not only does the author pack the book with many examples, he does a great job explaining why it works and why one way is better then another. He also covers the long and short approaches to certain language constructs. Apress continue to produce good quality books. This is a perfect example.

I recommend it for anyone at any level who wants to learn all they need about python.
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While the concepts were easy to understand, I really can't say that I've learned Python after reading this book. All chapters end with a quiz to answer questions about Python concepts, but almost none have relevant coding exercises to go along with them. You can read about concepts forever, but until you actually sit down and write out some code, there's no way you'll understand how a language works. Disappointed with this overall.
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