- Paperback: 436 pages
- Publisher: Banner of Truth; New edition edition (July 1, 1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0851514588
- ISBN-13: 978-0851514581
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 130 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments Paperback – July 1, 1975
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This book has showed me how to do a lot of new things, and even if I already knew how to do something, now I know how to do it better, faster, cleaner, or more robustly.
The book is also well written. Finding the material, and reading through the narratives for particular snippets of code is very clear, there's rarely a need to go back to re-read anything, ideas are conveyed simply but effectively.
I own a bunch of other Python books, but they all have a time and place in your learning process. This book spans so much material, that it is much more universal; I keep going back to it to look things up, sometimes for no other reason but to verify that I'm on the right path.
One particular recipe that I liked was 9.1 on how to time a function. When I am using Python I often need to time the code, and usually I need to look up how to do it. This example created a decorator function for timing. It makes it so that you can just put @timethis on top of a function and see how long it takes to execute. I appreciated how elegant this solution was as opposed to the way I was implementing it.
Most examples are self contained and all the code examples that I tried worked. Additionally, there is a GitHub that the authors created which provides all the code for the examples if you do not want type it yourself. The examples themselves were applied to real world problems; I could see how the recipe was used clearly. When the authors felt they could not provide an entire solution in the text, they point the correct place to visit online.
The range in topics was impressive. I found the most challenging chapters to be 9, 12, and 15 which were on metaprogramming, concurrency, and C Extensions. At the beginning of the book the recipes cover topics you would expect like data structures and algorithms, strings, and generators. I found myself surprised that I had not seen a lot of the techniques and solutions before. They were well crafted solutions, and I appreciated how much time and detail the authors must have spent to gather the information.
This is a great reference to have by your side when programming in Python.
I just bought this today. Unlike some early technical Kindle books I've purchased, the formatting is excellent. Kudos to the authors and publisher. But when I first browsed the content with Kindle-Android on my 7" tablet (Nexus), I still found it frustrating to read. Next, I tried my laptop with a 14" screen - better. And then tried it on my PC with a large monitor and found reading and jumping around the content much more productive and pleasurable. Switched back to the tablet, I changed the text settings to minimums for font size, margin size, line spacing and entered full-screen mode. Result: much better! That said, I still found the much larger screen area on my PC monitor preferable.
Bottom Line: Buy this for great Python 3.3 code and advice in a flexible format.