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

4.4 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0596158088
ISBN-10: 0596158084
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Book Description

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 (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christian Schmidt on March 21, 2011
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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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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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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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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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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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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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When I first got this pocket book, It didn't lokk like it had much information in it. After a couple of weeks of using it as a reference for some homework, I am now a big fan. It is great when I just need help getting started on homework. It has all I need to begin programs and I am glad that I bought it. I will definitely recommend it to my friends.
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So this is not really bad but I cannot give it a good rating as really it is just a "kind" of useless reference unless you like to sit on the "throne" and read this crap. lol Pardon the pun... but really, when programming for real (meaning at work) I did not find myself referring to this book even once, so... in today's work world, perhaps this a not really relevant anymore? Just wasn't for me... the content was fine, but I guess I am too much of a geek to not just use the help that is available on the console and turn my eyes away from the screen for even a minute to consult a book. Maybe that is sad... :(
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