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Product Details

  • Series: Practical Solutions Series
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1st edition (November 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201734885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201734881
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,560,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

About the author Martin C. Brown has been a programmer and systems manager for eleven years for a variety of organizations, including a university, an ISP, and an advertising agency. He specializes in making computers easier to use and more accessible to people who are not computer literate and in integrating different platforms into the same environment. A full-time author, he spends most of his time writing programming books, despite spending the bulk of his life trying to avoid getting sucked too far into the programming world. Martin is the author of eleven other books, including both the Perl and Python Complete Reference titles and Debugging Perl

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
I'm an avid Perl programmer who's wanted to do more with Python, but never seem to have the time to actually _do_ something in Python because I run out of time and end up doing it in Perl. This book has helped me get over that hurdle by providing a useful cross reference, so if you want to do X in Perl (with a perl code example that looks very typical), do Y in Python (with a plausible code fragment).
I would have rated this book 5 stars, as it very clearly achieves its stated goal. Unfortunately it is absolutely riddled with minor typo's. Perhaps that will be fixed in a future edition, but for now it makes life a bit more difficult since you have to pay very close attention to what is in the book vs. what you might already know and correct the book where it is wrong.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you happen to be a Perl Hacker who wants to get into Python, this book is just what you're looking for. It's written from the perspective of a Perl programmer who has made the switch to Python. It introduces Python while explaining the relevant differences to Perl as it goes. There are also lots of code snippets showing Perl code along with its Python equivalents.
This book does have some problems however. It has more typos in it than any other programming book I've ever read. That applies to both the text itself as well as some of the code samples. There are also some places in which it explains things assuming knowledge of something else that isn't described until further on in.
That said, I still found the book useful, and for me it was probably worth the purchase price. I would just recommend that readers be very wary of the typos as you go along.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David O'Connor on May 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is a reasonable cross-reference, but it can't be trusted at all, for the simple fact that it has so many typos, spelling mistakes, and code samples with errors in that it's a dangerous book to give to a python learner. Bad show.
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