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This is a printed edition of the official Python Language Reference Manual from the Python 2.5 distribution (updated November 2006). For each copy sold $1 will be donated to the Python Software Foundation.

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Guido van Rossum, is the inventor of Python. Fred L. Drake, Jr. is the official editor of the Python documentation.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Network Theory Ltd.; Manual edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954161785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954161781
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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If you code in python... you should own this book.

Most concise and readable language implementation reference I've ever read. Doesn't get too far down into the details of the interpreter, while giving all the details an advanced programmer will need.

Pros: It takes four hours to read and will teach you things you weren't aware existed in the python language (well, unless you develop for cpython or something).

Cons: You might need a degree in CS to be able to read this book, it assumes a lot of knowledge. On the other hand, it's cheap, so if you don't understand it you didn't waste a lot of money.
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If you have worked with multiple languages and are somewhat familiar with BNF (or other syntax-description grammar), you will find this book to be a very handy reference for Python. If not, you will still find it an excellent reference for Python, but not as easily readable.

It is an excellent "reference" for the language and has material I did not find in a half-dozen other highly-rated books on Python. It is NOT a tutorial.
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If you're looking for an introduction to Python or a how-to book, you're looking the wrong place. This assumes a fair degree of fluency in the language already. Once you understand the basic concepts and constructs of the language, however, this provides an indispensable guide to complete feature set and fussy bits of every language detail.

Power users and language contributors must have this book, even though this edition goes only up to v2.5. Beginners will find it a bit much, and not enough - but it was never meant for beginners, and they have plenty of other references to work with.

-- wiredweird
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OK the python manual comes with the install and is a full reference product, but you are reading it on the screen as you are working. This book and it's companions places the material at your fingertips.

All in all an excellent reference.
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