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Python Pocket Reference: Python in Your Pocket (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)) Fourth Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0596158088
ISBN-10: 0596158084
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Python in Your Pocket

About the Author

Mark Lutz is the world leader in Python training, the author of Python's earliest and best-selling texts, and a pioneering figure in the Python community since 1992. He is also the author of O'Reilly's Programming Python, Python Pocket Reference, and Learning Python (all in 4th Editions). Mark can be reached on the web at www.rmi.net.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)
  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Fourth Edition edition (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596158084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596158088
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Lutz is the world leader in Python training, the author of Python's earliest and best-selling texts, and a pioneering figure in the Python community since 1992. Mark can be reached on the web at www.rmi.net.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christian Schmidt on March 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm a beginning programmer and I found this reference book very handy. It won't teach you how to program in python, but it is an indispensable quick reference for the usage of common commands and methods once you learn the basics. Worth every penny.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Langer on November 3, 2009
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This is a great little book. I have had three revisions of it and plan to get the next one when it is published. I keep it in my mini 10v running ubuntu linux (9.10) netbook's sleeve when I travel. Perfect little reference and easily worth the cost.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rasmus Joergensen on June 7, 2013
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I find this book unusable as a reference guide since I bought it as a kindle book and there is no other index than the index pages of the book. I cannot say anything about the contents since I gave up. In any case, get it on paper!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JASA on April 10, 2012
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I owned the 2nd edition of PPR, which had some weak points, one of them being the lack of index. This 4th edition of PPR has a detailed index (10 pages), covers python 3.x and 2.6 (and also applies to 2.7), the matters have been reorganized and improved, and thus the contents page now is much more useful. The prose is excellent: neither very terse, nor verbose.

90% of the time I work in python solely with PPR, and the remaining 10% of time I consult David Beazley's excellent 4th edition of Python Essential Reference (Developer's Library) for getting the "dirty details" in python and in the numerous available libraries there described. Thus, PPR is more than a mere pocket guide: its 200 pages indeed correspond to a valuable python single reference for seasoned programmers coming from all backgrounds.

All in all, PPR is truly a Swiss knife for every Pythonista.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Tenbrink on September 7, 2013
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This pocket reference for Python is ok but not great. I say this because I found some inconsistencies where it had some aspect of a command or syntax but left others out. It's good enough for a beginner but as you get more into Python this book leaves a lot to be desired. I've been using internet searches to find the answers I can't find in this book but am also looking for a better reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve E. Chapel on August 16, 2011
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At nearly 200 pages, this pocket reference includes a comprehensive reference to the entire Python language (versions 2 and 3) and lots of the most commonly used standard libraries, including math, time, sys, os, re, pickle, and tkinter. It even contains some Python coding tips in the back and it's still small enough to fit in your pocket.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By peter moore on January 10, 2011
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Look it a no brainer. All the stuff you use most is crammed into this book.

Bathroom reading has never been better. Just get it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 3, 2011
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The more I code in Python, the more I love it (my other favorite, Ruby, falls short in many critical areas that Python excels at, such as scientific computing, artificial intelligence prototyping, GPU programming extensions, etc.). The fact that I can use my C libraries for bit-level tweaking and major speedup on resource intensive tasks make Python an even bigger winner compared to many other scripting languages.

This reference book is helpful to jot your memory as you code, and although it's not by any means comprehensive, it does come very handy when you forget what regex format to use, or what binascii methods to call, etc.

The book itself is physically small and very portable.
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