The Python 3 Standard Library by Example (Developer's Library) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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I bought this for a graduate level programming class, and each example I looked up, I still had to look up working examples on Google.
I was astounded to find the code samples, the main reason for buying a book like this, were extremely badly formatted. They use a variable width font which is an unfortunate choice, as this destroys the indentation which is an critical part of any python code. In addition, the vertical spacing of the font is excessive, leading to large vertical gaps in the code samples. All this makes reading the code samples very difficult. Each code sample in the book does have a link "click here to view code image" and I consider that a tacit admission that the inline samples have viewing problems. I can't comment on the "code image" because the free sample doesn't include them. Still, if the inline code samples were shown in a fixed width font (and checked for correctness) we wouldn't need this sort of desperate measure.
Even leaving aside the code sample font problem, some code samples had incorrect indentation. The author presumably supplied machine readable samples and somehow publishers still mess this up.
My summary is to forget the e-book first edition and use the print version or the online version. The print second edition has been published for a while now, but still no e-book second edition, so maybe the publisher is taking the time to correct the problem(s)?
I am pining away from curiosity to see whether this new edition has finally fixed that, but, alas, it seems that only the Kindle edition is available on this Amazon site for preview. If so, Amazon, shame on you for that!
Well, I wouldn't take the Kindle version of the new edition even for free. And in my wildest dreams I wouldn't think of buying the print book without seeing a preview -- not after the fiasco of the previous edition!
It is a great educational tool for developers new to the language still building their skillset and a must have desktop reference for even experienced Python developers.
I own many books on Python but this is the only one that covers the standard library so thoroughly. It is a real gem.