Learning Python

Learning Python

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With this hands-on book, you can master the fundamentals of the core Python language quickly and efficiently, whether you're new to programming or just new to Python. Updated for version 3.0 of the language, the fourth edition of "Learning Python" is a self-paced tutorial with material derived from author Mark Lutz's popular Python training courses. Each chapter is a self-contained lesson that helps you thoroughly understand a key component of Python. A unique Test Your Knowledge section at the end of the chapter provides practical exercises and review quizzes so you can practice new skills and test your understanding as you go.
This book covers: Types and Operations - Python's major built-in object types in depth: numbers, lists, dictionaries, and more; Statements and Syntax - the code you use to create and process objects in Python, along with Python's general syntax model; Functions - Python's basic procedural tool for structuring and reusing code; Modules - packages of statements, functions, and other tools organized into larger components; Classes and OOP - Python's optional object-oriented programming tool for structuring code for customization and reuse; and, Exceptions and Tools - exception-handling model and statements, plus a look at development tools for writing larger programs. Using annotated examples and illustrations, "Learning Python" gives you a complete understanding of the language that will help you comprehend any application-level examples of Python that you may encounter. If you're ready to discover what Google and YouTube see in Python, this book is the best way to get started.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 1212 pages
  • 187.96 x 248.92 x 48.26mm | 1,542.21g
  • Sebastopol, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • w. figs.
  • 0596158068
  • 9780596158064
  • 89,722

About Mark Lutz

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 co-author of Learning Python (all in 3rd Editions). Mark can be reached on the web at www.rmi.net/~lutz.
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"Sehr umfangreiches Buch. Umfasst neben den Standardthemen auch die Besonderheiten, die mit Python 2.6 und 3.0 in die Sprache Einzug halten. Neben einfachen Beispielen liefert der Autor auch komplexe Programme, mit denen er die Techniken erläutert." - linuxuser, Juni 2010
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Table of contents

From the contents:
Part I. Getting Started
1. A Python Q&A Session
Why Do People Use Python?
Software Quality
Developer Productivity
Is Python a "Scripting Language"?
OK, but What's the Downside?
Who Uses Python Today?
What Can I Do with Python?
Systems Programming
Internet Scripting
Component Integration
Database Programming
Rapid Prototyping
Numeric and Scientific Programming
Gaming, Images, AI, XML, Robots, and More
What Are Python's Technical Strengths?
It's Object Oriented
It's Free
It's Portable
It's Powerful
It's Mixable
It's Easy to Use
It's Easy to Learn
It's Named After Monty Python
How Does Python Stack Up to Language X?
Chapter Summary
Brain Builder 20
Chapter Quiz 20
Quiz Answers
2. How Python Runs Programs
Introducing the Python Interpreter
Program Execution
The Programmer's View
Python's View
Byte code compilation
The Python Virtual Machine (PVM)
Performance implications
Development implications
Execution Model Variations
Python Implementation Alternatives
Execution Optimization Tools
The Psyco just-in-time compiler
The Shedskin Csharp translator
Frozen Binaries
Future Possibilities?
Chapter Summary
Brain Builder 33
Chapter Quiz 33
Quiz Answers
3. How You Run Programs
Interactive Coding
Using the Interactive Prompt
System Command Lines and Files
Using Command Lines and Files
Unix Executable Scripts
Clicking File Icons
Clicking Icons on Windows
The raw_input Trick
Other Icon-Click Limitations
Module Imports and Reloads
The Grander Module Story: Attributes
Modules and namespaces
import and reload Usage Notes
The IDLE User Interface
IDLE Basics
Using IDLE
Advanced IDLE Tools
Other IDEs
Embedding Calls
Frozen Binary Executables
Text Editor Launch Options
Other Launch Options
Future Possibilities?
Which Option Should I Use?
Chapter Summary
Brain Builder 59
Chapter Quiz 59
Quiz Answers
Brain Builder: Part I Exercises 61
Part II. Types and Operations
4. Introducing Python Object Types
Why Use Built-in Types?
Python's Core Data Types
Sequence Operations
Type-Specific Methods
Getting Help
Other Ways to Code Strings
Pattern Matching
Sequence Operations
Type-Specific Operations
Bounds Checking
List Comprehensions
Mapping Operations
Nesting Revisited
Sorting Keys: for Loops
Iteration and Optimization
Missing Keys: if Tests
Why Tuples?
Other File-Like Tools
Other Core Types
How to Break Your Code's Flexibility
User-Defined Classes
And Everything Else
Chapter Summary
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This book include all what you have to learn about python. It cover also the difference between python 2.6 and 3.0 with many many examples. I think that this book is a must for every python developer. Nothing is left behind in more than 1100 pages!show more
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