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The Python Language Reference Manual Paperback – September 1, 2003
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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.
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.
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.
All in all an excellent reference.
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I was looking for a quick jump start into Python to meet some work deadlines based on previous Rexx and C experiences..... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Vern T. Chandler
I was hoping for a concise language description, such as Kernighan and Ritchie, but this book is only a syntax description, which is fine as far as it goes. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Melbourneflstevea