- Series: Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)
- Paperback: 148 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (March 6, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596009402
- ISBN-13: 978-0596009403
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,827,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Python Pocket Reference (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)) 3rd Edition
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About the Author
Mark Lutz is the world leader in Python training, the author of Python's earliest and best-selling texts, and a pioneering figure in the Python community since 1992. He is also the author of O'Reilly's Programming Python and Python Pocket Reference, and Learning Python (all in 4th Editions). Mark can be reached on the web at www.rmi.net/~lutz.
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Top Customer Reviews
After reading the excellent C++ Pocket Reference, I decided that this book was worth a try, but I was disappointed.
The last half of this book is a list of module functions, that are MUCH more easily accessed thrugh the online documentation. I wish it was more a reference about the language than about the built-in modules. I don't remember (and I can't find it in the book index!) reading explicitly how to add an attribute to a class, or other language-specific operations.
Being a pocket reference, the language should be concise, but sometimes it is so obscure to be nearly incomprehensible.
Let me also point out that it is more than three years old, so it was not updated to cover Python 2.5, and of couse the upcoming 2.6 and 3.0. Furthermore it tries to cover many versions, with even some references to the 9-year old 1.5 release. I believe the latest would have been enough.
In no way this can replace the modules online documentation, not even as a quick reference.
Some readers will be disappointed that it's not the book that it never meant to be. It never meant to be a tutorial or text book, it never meant to be a full specification of the language and libraries, and it never meant to be an encyclopedic description of the many available libraries. Decide what you want: if that's a quick reminder of Python's most useful basics, then this book will meet your needs.
With so many useful applications using Python as a macro language (e.g. Testmaker), this handy reference will earn its keep. I wonder if O'Reilly has a Ruby on the way, since they have mastered the format.
Of course, there is always the online documentation, if you are online.