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Python is optimized for quality, productivity, portability, and integration. Hundreds of thousands of Python developers around the world rely on Python for general-purpose tasks, Internet scripting, systems programming, user interfaces, and product customization. Available on all major computing platforms, including commercial versions of Unix, Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X ...more
Paperback, 3rd, 148 pages
Published March 22nd 2005 by O'Reilly Media (first published 1998)
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Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book has been war-torn by me over the last couple of years as Python is my favourite scripting language which I use on a pretty well daily basis. I love going through this book over and over again learning more and more oddities and pecularities of the language, striving to always be more and more pythonic.
I'm a pretty concrete thinker and tend to take things literally. While this is a good reference for confirming syntax, etc., the language used in some of the explanations has an abstractness to it that I found difficult. Where the information itself could have been formated to demonstrate or reiterate the explanation, it often isn't.

'''This is a multiline block'''

... is written on a single line. I reread it more than once because I thought maybe I was misinterpreting. I would've immediately been
John Pyrce
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a good reference for Python. The biggest drawback is that it isn't current with the latest version of Python. It also has to deal with the challenge of the two major versions of Python that have a large number of differences that aren't easy to characterize. This can lead to a fragmented presentation in some areas. I would actually prefer if the latest 3.0 version were presented with perhaps a compendium of differences as an attachment rather than constantly trying to process two differe ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: advanced
Just a reference book. Most of the things, which are available in language documentation, are listed here or briefly described. Some of those descriptions are great because cruft you don't care about (and it's often present in official docs) isn't there and meaningful things are even more packed.

If you don't have Internet access, documentation in you PC or you rather look up books for reference then this is "must buy" for you. It may be also helpful for those who know programming in general and
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Conventions
1. Python Command-Line Usage
2. Python Environment Variables
3. Python Windows Launcher Usage
4. Built-In Types And Operators
5. Specific Built-In Types
6. Statements And Syntax
7. Specific Statements
8. Namespace And Scope Rules
9. Object-Oriented Programming
10. Operator Overloading Methods
11. Built-In Functions
12. Built-In Exceptions
13. Built-In Attributes
14. Standard Library Modules
15. Python Sql Database Api
16. More Hints And Idioms
Jan 18, 2009 rated it liked it
I like this book, find it handy -- but why, oh why, would you make a book called a reference and not make it ridiculously easy to find stuff? The page layout is awful and the headings are incredibly weak.
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you have some programming knowledge, then this is like all of the Python documentation stripped down to the most essential parts and shrunken down into great pocket-sized book. It has information for both Python 2.x and Python 3.x and is well worth the price.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
He can be hard to follow but he covers everything.
Sergey Kochergan
hard to follow the logic of this book. would not recommend it to those, who learn python language. Don't waste your time. ...more
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: programming
good reference book for quick and easy doubts, however if you want to get a more detailed description of the language go for the complete book from O'Reilly ...more
Fernando Conde-Pumpido
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Fernando by: programmers, engineers
Shelves: engineering
Good book for quick reference, specially if you are new to the language.

It's a good companion to keep on your desk, so you can code as usual and not worry about specifics of syntax, because all you might need is in this book.
Steven Chew
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This gem is going to stay in my bag for a long long time.
Daniel Barker
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Skimmed, okay book.
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good handy python pocket reference for advanced programmers
David Liu
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Informative and well structured

This book is really good for general reference and best practices of Python programming. Highly recommend for new and experienced Pythonists!
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has already become a great reference to use for me, easier to use this than Python's documentaion, which is a pain to use when trying to find even simple things because it is terribly organized or at least to me it is. ...more
Mar 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: technical
The back cover text is the best of this book. Useful, not great.
John Calvin Hall
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Handy little pocket reference book. Good to keep around when chewing on Python programming.
Python is a very easy language to learn, but has several constructs and functions that don't seem too well-thought-out. ...more
Phil Moyer
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good handy companion to Lutz's Learning Python. This gives you a quick way to look up syntax or language constructs you don't quite remember! ...more
Mikhail GEYER
Sep 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Good book for a quick learn-refreshing.
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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.

Mark is the author of the popular O'Reilly books Programming Python, Python Pocket Reference, and Learning Python, all currently in 4th Editions. He has been using and promoting Python since 1992, started writing Python books in 1995, and began t

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