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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.7 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 1430224150
- ISBN-13 : 978-1430224150
- Dimensions : 8.25 x 0.93 x 10.25 inches
- Paperback : 360 pages
- Publisher : Apress (January 1, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,284,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A) Are new to Python
B) Are not new to programming languages
The book got me set up and coding quickly, and the language is very clear, assuming you have some other coding background to compare it too. The examples are clear and easy to follow. He goes into the why and how of doing things wrong as often as how to do things right, which is very helpful when learning.
That being said as far as intermediate to advanced topics go, this book held nothing for me, and I quickly found myself referencing the web when possible.
3 stars: It will get you up to speed on python syntax and specifics quickly, but you will still be a newbie by the time you're done. You will still need other references for many modern programming tasks however.
Maybe this is some Zen technique to learn programming topics, but as an experienced programmer I prefer a logical sequence of topics to build knowledge. It also lets me bypass stuff I don't need like regular expressions. This can't be good for a beginner either who would have no idea what was going on.
For the Kindle version, the idiosyncrasy in the formatting of this book is that all the included code snippets or interactive Python sessions are rendered as images, not text. So if you change your font size it has no effect on these portions. On the iPad they are small but legible, and with a spread-finger gesture you can make them as large as you like. On the iPhone they are barely legible if you don't expand them. The description says "optimized for large screens" or words to that effect, and they mean it.
If you're fortunate enough to have a large-format device and you're an experienced C++ or Java programmer, I highly recommend this book. I previously bought "Learning Python" which is excellent for its audience, but for those already familiar with other programming languages and object-oriented programming, there's way too much information that you already know. If you're already an accomplished programmer and you just want to learn Python, Dive Into Python is well written and is targeted at you.
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I would recommend reading it too ensure you have the basics covered.
Per il resto bel libro.