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useful contribution to python literature,
This review is from: The Python Standard Library by Example (Paperback)
While most python books teach you how to write code in the language, this book takes a different approach - it shows you how to build python programs using existing code from the standard library. As every python programmer knows, the best way to leverage the power of the language is to use the built-in functionality of the library.
True to its title, the book features numerous examples, each one fully annotated, explaining how to use the modules.
Need to parse text using regular expressions? Python has a module for that. What about searching file system directories recursively? Network sockets? Those and hundreds of other useful tools are available in the standard library. Hellman shows you how to use the existing modules in the library so that you don't have to reinvent the wheel.
A word of caution for those who are new to python: the book assumes familiarity with basic language syntax.
Overall, this book compares favorably with the other python texts I have read. What makes Hellman's book exceptional is that it concentrates on an important area of the language that has been relatively unexplored by most of the python tutorial literature. Other excellent python books include Mark Lutz, "Programming Python," and David Beazley, "Python Essential Reference."