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The Quick Python Book

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  87 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The Quick Python Book, Second Edition, is a clear, concise introduction to Python 3, aimed at programmers new to Python. This updated edition includes all the changes in Python 3, itself a significant shift from earlier versions of Python.

The book begins with basic but useful programs that teach the core features of syntax, control flow, and data structures. It then moves
Paperback, Second Edition, 367 pages
Published January 22nd 2010 by Manning Publications (first published January 1st 2000)
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Two things of note for this review: first, I used this book for a class, and secondly I went into this with some very minimal familiarity with Java, C++ and C#.

First off, I'm not sure if it's possible to discuss this book without discussing the Python language itself, so here it is: for the first few chapters of the book found myself exclaiming two or three times per chapter, "What sorcery is this?", followed by something along the lines of "so if the code weighs as much as a duck... it's a witc
Sep 25, 2013 Tom rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: beginners with python
Shelves: python
After trying different books for python (Think python, Dive into python 3 and Head first python) I've find this one the best both as learning book as well as reference book.
Part 2 is very organized tutorial for the language. It contains most of the essentials and will give you the feeling that you can continue learning by your own (or with more specialized books/tutorials).
Part 3 is much less cohesive then part 2. It seems that the chapter about regular expressions could get into part 2 but the
Jon Gauthier
Apr 01, 2012 Jon Gauthier rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Beginning programmers
Shelves: programming
I misled myself when buying this book, thinking that I could use it to convince myself that time spent coding Python was worth time away from learning Clojure, Haskell, et al. This book was much more beginner-oriented than I expected, and didn't really provide the evidence I was looking for. A few of the final chapters provided some information about metaclasses, abstract base classes, and special methods that was useful to me. I was disappointed to not find many other details on what makes Pyth ...more
Manuel Antão

Wonderful combination of introduction to the language as well as a second pass that goes into all things Python in-depth.

I particularly enjoyed the author's suggestions regarding Python style, programming and testing practices, and sage advice in the big finish: the Zen of Python.

It won't turn into a Pythonista, but it provides a good start.
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Maybe beginners with no programming background or have little experience can appreciate this, but if you are familiar with other programming language and paradigm, understood the syntax and know few differences in coding from my experience this book brought me nowhere. Too bulky, I recommend Python Pocket Reference and Head First Python, both by O'Reilly.
Aug 02, 2008 Will rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with old versions of Python
This was a well-written introduction to Python programming when it was released. It had little competition at the time and stood out among the pack. Now it's vastly outdated (8 years old) and in desperate need of an update. The text does not wear well with age.
Ron Lunde
A good first book on Python, with clear descriptions and a logical structure.
Nicholas Quirk
It wasn't that quick...
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