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Python Annotated Archives Paperback – November 10, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Annotated Archives
  • Paperback: 722 pages
  • Publisher: Osborne Publishing (November 10, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072121041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072121049
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,699,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...if, like many programmers, you learn best from examples, this might actually be the best way to pick up Python. -- Dr. Dobb's Journal, August 2000

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The ultimate collection of streamlined code and expert techniques for Python programmers. This is the most innovative Python programming tool ever created. Develop and deploty high-performance, cross-platform applications and GUIs using this one-of-a-kind annotated warehouse of reusable Python scripts. Python Annotated Archives is filled with ready-to-run routines for Windows, UNIX, and Mac environments along with line-by-line explanations. Exploit Python's object-oriented and embeddable capabilities to manage and manipulate data, access Internet servers, send and receive e-mail, and even build a complete Web site management tool to find the gaps and chinks in your Web sites. The book also covers developing cross-platform Python applications using the Tk interface system and the development and management of Web sites using Python as both the tool and the programming language. The bonus CD-ROM contains all of the book's source code and applications, ready to be expanded and customized to meet your programming needs.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steven Salkin on June 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is filled with a vast array of errors. I began to catalog them so I could post a list on the web, but I gave up within 50 pages. The author apparently does not understand the algorithms of the code he purports to explain, and frequently his "explanations" only serve to mislead.

This book should be avoided by everyone. Beginning programmers will be totally confused. Beginning python programmers will be mislead and waste a lot of time. Persons coming to python with a solid background will also find themselves wasting time, but it will be venting their frustration at the author's breezy errors and the fact that they have given him money for this work.

Also the entire concept of editorial review seems to have been dismissed by this publisher.

I cannot stress enough how bad this book is. I recommend going with "Learning Python" for an introduction, or "Programming Python" by Mark Lutz if you want to really get into the meat of things.

This book is unacceptable at every level.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Jackson on February 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a pleasant enough read, annotating at length, in a conversational style, on a variety of Python scripts. The typo density is a tad high; the variety of Python libraries (such as math, graphics, sound, ...) used is excellent, the font the usual too big - trying to make a medium book look big. Biggest gripe: the typos and piddling inconsistencies in coding styles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Leyva on June 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
If your the kind of person that likes to read someone elses code, and the modify the hell out of it to get your job done or learn a language. Then this is DEFINITELY the book for you.
If your looking for the definitive Python reference that you can carry with you and look up the more esoteric methods or rules. Then this is DEFINITELY NOT the book for you! You need to go get Python Essential Reference. I have 5 python books right now. Of the 5 I'm thinking of getting another copy to carry with me, and leave this one at work. All the rest we're helpful in getting me started, but don't get the same use day to day.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JACKIE DELIENNE on January 8, 2001
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Every chapter was of interest. Seeing networks and web programming and user interface from the Python perspective helped me evaluate the language as a tool for a particular project I have in mind. The CD-Rom had clear directories and quick install of the language along with the on-line tutorial and other learning aids.
I found the type just the right size. Overall a comfortable read. It sold me on Python.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Atchison on February 28, 2001
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The examples in this book are geared for UNIX administrators, limiting its usefulness to other users. Consider this book if you are a UNIX administrator who learns best by looking at code examples, otherwise your time and money are probably best spent on another book. For examples of how to do things - Python Essential Reference is a better book. Archives is not as much a reference as it is a method of learning Python by looking at code examples and explanations of the code.
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