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Python Essential Reference By David Beazley (with a foreword by Guido van Rossum) New Riders Publishing ISBN 0735709017 350 pages.
I'm pleased to announce the release of a new Python reference book that is now shipping to a bookstore near you.
In a nutshell, the Python Essential Reference is a concise and comprehensive reference to the Python language and its large library of modules. This book is designed to be a compact and highly usable companion to other Python books and the online documentation. Some of its features include:
Comprehensive coverage of the Python tutorial, language reference, library reference, and C extension API.
Documentation for more than 100 modules in the standard Python library.
A concise presentation style in which material is not obscured by tutorial-style examples, programming lessons, advocacy, and language comparisons. As a result, the book serves as an excellent companion to introductory books such as Learning Python.
Expanded coverage of many library modules. In particular, much of the information contained in man pages and other books has been added to clarify topics in network programming, operating system interfaces, and other advanced topics. In addition, a variety of new examples have been added to further expand upon certain topics.
A compact design. I have taken great liberty in rewording, abridging, and reorganizing much of the existing Python documentation. Obsolete modules, fluff, and a number of more obscure topics have been omitted. In addition, the publisher has done a fantastic job of typesetting the book into a highly compact form factor that is easy to carry on the plane, take to a dinner date, or go just about anywhere one would expect to be writing a Python program.
The bottom line: this is a highly compact and intelligent book that is intended to serve as a useful reference for Python programmers. I hope that you find it to be a useful addition to your Python programming library.
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