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Python Developer's Handbook Paperback – December 22, 2000

ISBN-13: 075-2063319949 ISBN-10: 0672319942 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (December 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672319942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672319945
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,480,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Python Developer's Handbook is designed to expose experienced developers to Python and its uses. Beginning with a brief introduction to the language and its syntax, the book moves quickly into more advanced programming topics, including embedding Python, network programming, GUI toolkits, JPython, Web development, Python/C API, and more. Python is an interpreted, object-oriented programming language. Its syntax is simple and easy to learn, and it encourages programmers to write and think clearly. The Python Developer's Handbook is carefully written, well-organized introduction to this powerful, fast-growing programming language for experienced developers.

About the Author

Andre Lessa is a database administrator, Web developer, and programmer with Deloitte Consulting. He has bene using Python for several years, and is the author and Webmaster of two popular Brazilian Web sites.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because it provided an overview of all the areas Python had been used in. My particular interest was how well Python integrated with Java and that is my only use for it. Python, however, must compete with other scripting languages, particularily Perl. Users of other scripting languages site the large libraries available for their language. This book did the best job of presenting the numerous areas that Python has been used in.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "raquelrfox" on February 28, 2001
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I decided to buy this book just after reading the wonderful review posted on the february edition of the LINUX JOURNAL (page 180). The review was written by Phil Hughes (LJ's publisher), what in my oppinion, gives a lot of credibility to the review.
After reading things like: - "THIS IS ONE of those rare cases when the book title seems to match the book content"; - "Besides covering the language, this book fills in all the blanks"; - "All in all I found this to be an excellent and accurate book well worth the space it will take on a Python programmer's bookshelf."
...I decided to give it a try, and boy!!! the book really covers a lot of cool stuff.
I don't know why LJ doesn't mention that the book also covers Python 2.0. For my surprise, when I started reading it, I noticed that the book had more to offer than the review in the magazine has told me about.
In other words, I liked it a lot. I am still in the middle of chapter 5, but I've already come up with several useful Python routines.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Gabriel on January 31, 2001
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A quick word about myself - a retired computer scientist, in the profession since 1956, also an engineer and theoretical physiciat. Bought the book along with several others when I needed suddenly to integrate several Microsoft/Intuit programs to work together without human intervention. Usually use LINUX not WINDOWS. This and "The Quick Python Book" have been very useful. The "Developer's Handbook" provides a roadmap to the libraries I need. It contains enough information about each library ( about 1/2 page more or less ) to tell me what the library does, without so much detail that I must "sift" to decide if I am likely to need the library in question, and without distracting from learning the language. I have found the two books I have mentioned here, an HTML browser to look up details in the official project documents, and a PYTHON interpreter on LINUX or WINDOWS, support rapid learning and my system planning far better than I have any right to expect.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "kyz00as123" on January 5, 2001
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If you never had any experience with Python, this book is the place to start. Although it doesn't give many full programs for you to see, it does help you understand the way the language works. As I said, this is a great book to start learning Python. I've been using Python since 1997 and this book is on my shelf. Even those that already know Python (like me) will find this book useful because it covers all the topics that I need to perform my daily tasks.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Jackson on January 18, 2001
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I'm not quite as impressed with this book as the first reviewer. I've just begun it, but so far I notice:
* It's rather shallow and upbeat in its reviews of Grail (a Python web browser that seems not being actively developed, but which this book gives a nice one page listing of features for) and Zope (a web server, with a similar one page upbeat review here, which is a rather complex and intriguing beast, in my view).
* It's comparisons of Python with other languages is also shallow. For example, under the intriguing subhead of "Python Versus C/C++", it has about 15 lines total, which make the points that (1) Python arrays "don't have the same problems", (2) Python manages memory, for fewer errors, (3) Python checks array references, and (4) Python requires less code. Whoopee - I don't think much time or genius was spent on considering this ...
* It's a heavy book - in the recent tradition of selling books by weight. The density of considered information per page is modest, and the style of writing doesn't pack alot in per word.
* The style of writing is ever so slightly off - seems that the author likely has another language besides English that he speaks well (unlike myself - English only ;). Mind you the English is fine - just slightly strange phrasing at times.
* The production of the book seems fine.
* Alot of stuff is covered (the index alone is just short of 100 pages !), but what I've poked at so far seems a tad more superficial and pedestrian than I would like.
Seems that the book was pretty clearly written by constructing an outline that covered every topic, well organized, then some modest number of words were provided, per each topic, in a disciplined effort, with good editing.
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