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The Definitive Guide to Pylons (Expert's Voice in Web Development) Paperback – December 24, 2008
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Its not all rosy, however. There are two things about this book that don't let me give it a 5 star rating.
First, there is an inconsistent assumption the author makes about reader's prior knowledge of web development and MVC frameworks. Some chapters would be harder for me to understand without my previous experience with Ruby on Rails, so I wonder if people without similar backgrounds could follow through. Yet some other chapters are obviously written for people without any web development experience: they are overly verbose and waste time needlessly explaining basics of web, http, caching and so on.
Second, the book isn't very smooth in its transitions from chapter to chapter, like if it was written by different people. I suspect this isn't authors fault but simply a reflection of what Pylons is. Since different parts of Pylons (views, form handling, ORM, routing, etc) come from different people they aren't always smoothly integrated and this fact gets reflected in the book as well. But hey, that's the whole point of using this framework!
This is not a quick-and-dirty "how to" book. This is a book that helps you thoroughly understand Pylons, so that you can mold it to your will.
I discovered the online version of this book (which is free and open source; the website is a very nice way to search the book!), and have used it extensively in the last year to learn pylons and webapp development from the ground up, and i've really enjoyed the entire process.
I find this book unique in its "walk through all the details" approach. It's amazingly readable. Sure, some of the chapters are slower and more detail-filled than others, but I can sit and *read* it. It uses sentences that are arranged into paragraphs, into chapters. You know, the way books *used* to be? In any case, it's *not* a long, tedious list of facts designed to look like a book. I've relied upon online python and pylons docs to fill in some gaps, but overall, the book is thorough and spot-on.
I'm buying the physical book so that i can take it to my favorite coffeeshop and really read it. Screen reading is a great way to miss details. There are years of distilled experience in this book, up to and including how to structure a non-trivial development effort.
I'd like to see this author write a reference volume, rather than a tutorial-natured book like this attempts to be.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Definitive Guide to Pylons is clearly a comprehensive book on a
complex subject. I struggled with Pylons development a lot when
starting out (and still do in some... Read more
This book has tremendous breadth and serves as great reference material. It is also quite good for getting you up and running quickly with a basic project skeleton and introducing... Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by Ryan
I love the Pylons framework and really find this book to be a great walk through. It's not necessarily the best book for picking up, hitting the index, and finding exactly what... Read morePublished on August 12, 2010 by emce