[portland] Recommendation for book to use in classroom?

Chris Foster outofthenet at gmail.com
Fri Jan 16 19:20:05 CET 2009

It's not a textbook, but I'd highly recommend the Python Essential Reference
by Beazley *http://tinyurl.com/2ze3j6 * as an optional reference for kids
who really care to learn.  There is a new version coming out in March (v.3),
but the old ones (thru v.2.4) can be picked up for about $10 used.
Beazley's summaries are the clearest and most concise I've seen.  Java
sufferers will be blown away by the index of goodies and examples.  BTW, I
tried the Nutshell book.  Martelli is a fantastic speaker, but just not
quite as clear in my opinion.

On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 9:22 PM, Charles Anderson
<master.sparkle at gmail.com>wrote:

> Does anyone have a recommendation for a (text) book to use for teaching
> Python to students who already know Java?  I'll be teaching a college class
> in spring to students who have had at least 2 quarters of Java.  So, they
> should be hip to the basics of programming - e.g., conditionals, iteration,
> methods, classes, etc.  I'd like to focus on "more interesting" bits of
> Python that are difficult or impossible in straight Java - e.g.,
> introspection, duck-typing, possibly metaclasses.
> thanks,
> Charles.
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