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Alex Martelli spent 8 years with IBM Research, winning three Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards. He then spent 13 as a Senior Software Consultant at think3 inc, developing libraries, network protocols, GUI engines, event frameworks, and web access frontends. He has also taught programming languages, development methods, and numerical computing at Ferrara University and other venues. He's a C++ MVP for Brainbench, and a member of the Python Software Foundation. He currently works for AB Strakt, a Python-centered software house in Gteborg, Sweden, mostly by telecommuting from his home in Bologna, Italy. Alex's proudest achievement is the articles that appeared in Bridge World (January/February 2000), which were hailed as giant steps towards solving issues that had haunted contract bridge theoreticians for decades.
This is simply the best reference book for Python.
As a reference book it not suitable for learning Python from scratch, even if there is a not-so-short introduction to... Read more
Nutshell is rather dry reading and provides very little of the usual user-friendly introductions to language features by solving simple problems. Read morePublished on December 5, 2007 by WiltDurkey
This first edition is probably not where you want to invest your dollars. The second edition (ISBN 0596100469 ) is projected to be out this month (July 2006) and will cover not... Read morePublished on July 11, 2006 by Richard Pinneau
For someone who knows other programming languages this is a great book to quickly get a feel for the language and to start trying it out. The book only covers up to Python 2. Read morePublished on March 30, 2006 by Christian
All what you would expect from the title : very complete even if not exhaustive coverage of the language and its main libraries, excellent explanations... Read morePublished on August 30, 2005 by Thierry Chevalier
Python in a nutshell is an excellent reference for the experienced Python programmer. Alex Martelli does a wonderful job focusing on the book's goal of being a concise reference to... Read morePublished on June 10, 2005 by Eric Walstad
I bought this book after working through Learning Python by Lutz and Ascher, and reading sections of other books. It is now my #1 reference. Read morePublished on December 15, 2004 by David MacQuigg