- Series: Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)
- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 5 edition (February 9, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449357016
- ISBN-13: 978-1449357016
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 159 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Python Pocket Reference: Python In Your Pocket (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)) 5th Edition
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About the Author
Mark Lutz is a leading Python trainer, the author of Python’s earliest and best-selling texts, and a pioneering figure in the Python world.
Mark is the author of the three O’Reilly books: Learning Python, Programming Python, and Python Pocket Reference, all currently in fourth or fifth editions. He has been using and promoting Python since 1992, started writing Python books in 1995, and began teaching Python classes in 1997. As of Spring 2013, Mark has instructed 260 Python training sessions, taught roughly 4,000 students in live classes, and written Python books that have sold 400,000 units and been translated to at least a dozen languages.
Together, his two decades of Python efforts have helped to establish it as one of the most widely used programming languages in the world today. In addition, Mark has been in the software field for 30 years. He holds BS and MS degrees in computer science from the University of Wisconsin where he explored implementations of the Prolog language, and over his career has worked as a professional software developer on compilers, programming tools, scripting applications, and assorted client/server systems.
Mark maintains a training website (http://learning-python.com) and an additional book support site on the Web (http://www.rmi.net/~lutz).
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* If you are trying to look up a concept but you don't know Python's word for it, alternate words likely won't get you there.
* Suppose you want to copy an object, or assign the contents of one object to another, and you're trying to find the Python way to do that. The index does not have entries for "copy" or "contents". It does have an entry for "assignment statement" but that will just assign an object's reference to another variable so now you have two variables pointing to the same object. What you're looking for is under "slicing" but how would you find that unless you already knew it?
A few more details / examples wouldn't hurt either although I understand they are trying to keep a "pocket" reference small.
I do not want to learn Python 1, 2, 2.4, 2.7, 2.anything. This book is inappropriately titled. If you are making a reference, have it refer to what people are learning and using.
I bought this book for one simple reason: I don't always have an internet connection when writing some code.
It's small, lightweight, and has all the crucial information I need when I have a brain fart.
I can't rave about this pocket reference enough. It's the greatest. I've been through quite a few, even other O'Reilly pocket references, and while they've all been helpful to some extent, I was never able to teach myself an entire language from a pocket reference. I don't think that's a thing that would work if you've never programmed before, but if you're already a programmer and you've just decided to add Python to your repertoire, skip the big book and stick this one in your desk drawer instead. Between it and google you'll be fine.
Now for a book that shows you how to use Python scripts within the open-sourced Blender 3D modeling suite check out: Blender Meets Python: Blender 2.6 Unites with Python 3 for a Completely 3D Relationship (Volume 1)