[Baypiggies] Book Suggestions?
amax at redsymbol.net
Tue Jun 30 22:31:05 CEST 2009
Hi Stephen, Bill, everyone -
(note: implicit in everything I write below is that you keep the free python
library docs under your pillow)
On Tuesday 30 June 2009 12:41:43 pm William Deegan wrote:
> I'd give a -1 on the python cookbook
Have to respectively disagree. The cookbook is probably not so useful for a
complete python noob ("How do I define a function?"). But once one starts to
approach intermediate level, I think it's the single most valuable book to
> it's not anywhere as useful as
> the perl cookbook (for perl of course).
Really? Having read AND used both the perl and python cookbooks to the point
of wearing them out, I personally found them both really good. If we're
saying the perl cookbook is a better book for what it does compared to the
python one... well, I might agree.
But it doesn't really matter in this instance. What matters is, does the
pycookbook stand on its own merits? I say yes! It's very useful in teaching
the non-noob to code python EFFECTIVELY - using the language and libraries
powerfully to solve important real engineering problems.
Of course, all this is my opinion! Not saying you are wrong here. (Well,
maybe a little ;)
> Learning Python or Programming python would be my vote.
I'd consider LP to be newbie-level. PP isn't a BAD choice. Just think the
pycookbook is a better one.
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