Complete with quizzes, exercises, and helpful illustrations, this easy-to-follow, self-paced tutorial gets you started with both Python 2.7 and 3.3— the latest releases in the 3.X and 2.X lines—plus all other releases in common use today. You’ll also learn some advanced language features that recently have become more common in Python code.Explore Python’s major built-in object types such as numbers, lists, and dictionariesCreate and process objects with Python statements, and learn Python’s general syntax modelUse functions to avoid code redundancy and package code for reuseOrganize statements, functions, and other tools into larger components with modulesDive into classes: Python’s object-oriented programming tool for structuring codeWrite large programs with Python’s exception-handling model and development toolsLearn advanced Python tools, including decorators, descriptors, metaclasses, and Unicode processing
Written by Mark Lutz—widely recognized as the world’s leading Python trainer—Python Pocket Reference is an ideal companion to O’Reilly’s classic Python tutorials, Learning Python and Programming Python, also written by Mark.
This fifth edition covers:Built-in object types, including numbers, lists, dictionaries, and moreStatements and syntax for creating and processing objectsFunctions and modules for structuring and reusing codePython’s object-oriented programming toolsBuilt-in functions, exceptions, and attributesSpecial operator overloading methodsWidely used standard library modules and extensionsCommand-line options and development toolsPython idioms and hintsThe Python SQL Database API
You'll learn language syntax and programming techniques in a clear and concise manner, with lots of examples that illustrate both correct usage and common idioms. Completely updated for version 3.x, Programming Python also delves into the language as a software development tool, with many code examples scaled specifically for that purpose.
Topics include:Quick Python tour: Build a simple demo that includes data representation, object-oriented programming, object persistence, GUIs, and website basicsSystem programming: Explore system interface tools and techniques for command-line scripting, processing files and folders, running programs in parallel, and moreGUI programming: Learn to use Python’s tkinter widget libraryInternet programming: Access client-side network protocols and email tools, use CGI scripts, and learn website implementation techniquesMore ways to apply Python: Implement data structures, parse text-based information, interface with databases, and extend and embed Python
Whether you're a novice or an advancedpractitioner, you'll find thisrefreshed book more than lives up to its reputation. ProgrammingPython, 3rd Edition, teaches you the rightway to code. It explains Python language syntax and programmingtechniques in a clear and concisemanner, with numerous examples that illustrate both correct usage andcommon idioms. By reading thiscomprehensive guide, you'll learn how to apply Python in real-worldproblem domains such as:GUI programmingInternet scriptingParallel processingDatabase managementNetworked applications
Programming Python, Third Edition coverseach of thesetarget domainsgradually, beginning with in-depth discussions of core concepts andthen progressing toward completeprograms. Large examples do appear, but only after you've learnedenough to understand their techniques andcode.
Along the way, you'll also learn how to use the Python language inrealistically scaled programs--concepts such as Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) and code reuseare recurring side themes throughout thistext. If you're interested in Python programming, then this O'Reillyclassic needs to be within arm's reach. Thewealth of practical advice, snippets of code, and patterns of programdesign can all be put into use on adaily basis--making your life easier and more productive.
Reviews of the second edition:
"...about as comprehensive as any book can be."
--Dr. Dobb's Journal
"If the language had manuals, they would undoubtedlybe the texts from O'Reilly...'Learning Python' and 'Programming Python'are definitive treatments."
Learning Python, Second Edition, offers programmers a comprehensive learning tool for Python and object-oriented programming. Thoroughly updated for the numerous language and class presentation changes that have taken place since the release of the first edition in 1999, this guide introduces the basic elements of the latest release of Python 2.3 and covers new features, such as list comprehensions, nested scopes, and iterators/generators.
Beyond language features, this edition of Learning Python also includes new context for less-experienced programmers, including fresh overviews of object-oriented programming and dynamic typing, new discussions of program launch and configuration options, new coverage of documentation sources, and more. There are also new use cases throughout to make the application of language features more concrete.
The first part of Learning Python gives programmers all the information they'll need to understand and construct programs in the Python language, including types, operators, statements, classes, functions, modules and exceptions. The authors then present more advanced material, showing how Python performs common tasks by offering real applications and the libraries available for those applications. Each chapter ends with a series of exercises that will test your Python skills and measure your understanding.
Learning Python, Second Edition is a self-paced book that allows readers to focus on the core Python language in depth. As you work through the book, you'll gain a deep and complete understanding of the Python language that will help you to understand the larger application-level examples that you'll encounter on your own. If you're interested in learning Python--and want to do so quickly and efficiently--then Learning Python, Second Edition is your best choice.
Learning Python is based on material from author Mark Lutz's popular training courses, which he's taught over the past decade. Each chapter is a self-contained lesson that helps you thoroughly understand a key component of Python before you continue. Along with plenty of annotated examples, illustrations, and chapter summaries, every chapter also contains Brain Builder, a unique section with practical exercises and review quizzes that let you 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 type 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
Exceptions and Tools -- exception handling model and statements, plus a look at development tools for writing larger programs Learning Python gives you a deep and complete understanding of the language that will help you comprehend any application-level examples of Python that you later encounter. If you're ready to discover what Google and YouTube see in Python, this book is the best way to get started.