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Python Pocket Reference

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  398 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Python is a popular object-oriented scripting language that is freely available over the Net. It's portable, powerful, and remarkably easy to use. Python is commonly used for both stand-alone programs and scripting applications, in a wide variety of domains.

This book is a companion volume to two O'Reilly Animal Guides, Programming Python and Learning Python. It summarizes
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Paperback, 80 pages
Published November 8th 1998 by O'Reilly Media (first published 1998)
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Russel
Oct 19, 2012 Russel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kent
Jan 18, 2009 Kent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
WloHu
Jun 02, 2017 WloHu 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
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David Liu
Sep 19, 2016 David Liu 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!
Kim
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
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Bernard
Oct 24, 2015 Bernard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kory
Mar 23, 2013 Kory 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.
Spencer
Mar 11, 2008 Spencer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: technical
The back cover text is the best of this book. Useful, not great.
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.
John Calvin Hall
Handy little pocket reference book. Good to keep around when chewing on Python programming.
Victor
Aug 29, 2015 Victor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Zachary
Python is a very easy language to learn, but has several constructs and functions that don't seem too well-thought-out.
Phil Moyer
Jan 10, 2016 Phil Moyer 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!
Mikhail GEYER
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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