- Series: Open Source Technology
- Paperback: 816 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR (December 15, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0130260363
- ISBN-13: 978-0130260369
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 2.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,146,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Core Python Programming (Open Source Technology)
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From the Back Cover
- New to Python? This is the developer's guide to Python development!
- Learn the core features of Python as well as advanced topics such as regular expressions, multithreaded programming, Web/Internet and network development, GUI development with Tk(inter) and more
- Also includes features found in the new Python 1.6 and 2.0 releases
- CD-ROM: Complete Python distributions (source code, documentation, and various binaries) plus all example scripts in the book
Python is an Internet and systems programming language that is soaring in popularity in today's fast-paced software development environment, and no wonder: it's simple (yet robust), object-oriented (yet can be used as a procedural language), extensible, scalable and features an easy to learn syntax that is clear and concise. Python combines the power of a compiled object language like Java and C++ with the ease of use and rapid development time of a scripting language. In fact, it's syntax is so easy to understand that you are more likely to pick it up faster than any of the other popular scripting languages in use today!
In Core Python Programming, Internet software engineer and technical trainer Wesley Chun provides intermediate and experienced developers all they need to know to learn Python-fast. Like all Core Series books, Core Python Programming delivers hundreds of industrial-strength code snippets and examples, all targeted at professional developers who want to leverage their existing skills! In particular, Core Python Programming presents numerous interactive examples that can be entered into the Python interpreter right in front of you! Finally, we present a chapter that shows you step-by-step how to extend Python using C or C++.
- Python syntax and style
- Development and Run-time Environments
- Objects and Python memory management
- Standard data types, methods, and operators
- Loops and conditionals
- Files and Input/Output
- Exceptions and error handling
- Functions, scope, arguments, and functional programming
- Importing modules and module attributes
- Object-oriented Programming with classes, methods, and instances
- Callable Objects
- Extending Python
Coverage of the Python standard module library and client-server application development includes comprehensive introductions to the following topics in Python programming:
- Regular expressions
- TCP/IP and UDP/IP Network programming using sockets
- Operating system interface
- GUI development with Tk using Tkinter
- Multithreaded programming
- Interactive Web/CGI/Internet applications
- Executing code in a restricted environment
- Inheritance, type emulation, operator overloading, and delegation in an OOP environment
Finally, we provide an introduction to the new features introduced in Python 1.6. These include Unicode string support, the new function invocation syntax which lets the caller provide a tuple of positional arguments and/or a dictionary of keyword arguments, and the new string methods. We also provide a glimpse into features that will only be found in the newer 2.0 release.
Every Core Series book:
- DEMONSTRATES how to write commercial-quality code
- FEATURES dozens of programs and examples!
- FOCUSES on the features and functions most important to real developers
- PROVIDES objective, unbiased coverage of cutting-edge technologies-no
Core Python Programming delivers:
- Coverage of the core parts of the Python language
- Real-world insights for developing Web/Internet, network, multithreaded and GUI applications
- Tables and charts detailing Python modules, built-in functions, operators, and attributes
- Code snippets to try live with Python's interactive interpreter, hammering the concepts home
- Extensive code examples-including several complete sample applications
CD-ROM includes complete Python source code and documentation distributions for Unix/Linux along with binaries for Windows and Macintosh platforms plus source code for all examples in the book.
About the Author
WESLEY J. CHUN holds computer science and mathematics degrees from the University of CA, MSCS from U.C. Santa Barbara, and an AB in Mathematics and Minor in Music. He is a principal consultant at Cyberweb Consulting. While at Yahoo!, Chun used Python to help create Yahoo!Mail and Yahoo! People Search. Chun has over 18 years of UNIX, computer programming, and instructional experience. In his spare time, Chun serves as a technical instructor with U.C. Santa Cruz where he teaches Python, C, and UNIX for the UCSC Extension system.
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Top Customer Reviews
It was a revelation! The explanations of basic concepts are very clear, yet short and to the point, and cover all of the basic information. As one example, the explanation of client-server architecture in the chapter on network programming really gives you the basic concepts. I am extremely impressed.
So I think this book would be a very good choice for someone in the beginner to intermediate range. In my case, I'm in the intermediate category for some topics, but for some topics I am a complete beginner. So this book was just what I needed.
The explanations are so clear and well-written that it is easy to give "Core" 5 stars. I suggest that you ignore the reviews that complain about the big type. The big type makes the book a pleasure to read: as one reviewer said, you can just sit down and read this book, even if you're not in front of your computer. The only disadvantage to the big type is that it might give a prospective buyer the impression that this book is not as solid as it really is.
The code in itself is neatly organized, clearly explained, and overall, it works. He does cover a lot of Python basics, the majority of the book are Python basics. He also covers advanced topics such as network programming, extending Python through C/C++ modules, and multithreading. All of which are important, being able to write distributed applications, writing responsive programs, and being able to extend the language are all equally important. Python's power is clearly explained and logically thought-out in this book. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn Python but are new to programming.
As a side note, I would also take extra time and check out the DOCS themselves. The author is good, but by no means perfect, supplement the book with the DOCS, it'll help you out a lot more. I have plans on writing more complicated web services using Python, and this book will remain beside me as both a reference and a guide when I'm lost.
The exercises can be quite challenging, and the text needs editing in places, but overall it's very clear and consistent throughout. (If you already are a programmer, you shouldn't have much difficulty getting a handle on what's going on from the examples). This book also makes a fantastic reference - there are times when I have referred to it more often than the Python reference itself.
The Python language induces good programming habits, and this book really brings this quality to light. A great first language to learn, and a great book to learn with.
Note: I'd also love to see a Part II dealing with more advanced material (particularly async network programming, AI, and even more web programming).
The author does a good job of introducing the language and arguing why Python should grab your interest as an easy to read, easy to maintain, easy to learn language. Several chapters into the book, without writing a single line of code, I could already understand exactly what the code is doing. Python, as taught in this book, sells itself as a very understandable language.
Furthermore, the book provides excercises in the end of each chapter that helps you think in Python when trying to solve the problems. If you've really studied the chapters, the solution to these questions will seem very obvious. As the Python adage goes, "there's only one obvious way of doing it."
The overall format of this book should be a model for how new languages are treated. Get this book if you want to add Python to your programming tool chest. If you're already familiar with one programming language you'll be writing productive scripts in a matter of hours. If this is your first language, in the order of days!
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