More random python observations from a perl programmer
fredrik at pythonware.com
Fri Aug 20 10:56:20 CEST 1999
Jeremy Hylton <jeremy at cnri.reston.va.us> wrote:
> I did think about this before I jumped, but it still seems fair to
> jump. As a possible counterexample to the "if it don't have manpages
> it don't exist" argument, I would suggest the C programming language.
> I don't believe there are manpages that describe the language itself,
> yet I found it (relatively) easy to learn. The K&R C book is mighty
> It's also worth noting that the old Lutz book is a little like the
> pre-ANSI K&R C book. You're not going to find ANSI changes in the old
> K&R, and you're not going to find Python 1.5 info in the old Lutz
> book. In neither case does that mean the improvements don't exist.
as an aside, it's a bit sad that Tom didn't read the book's
preface, where Mark says, among other things:
"... It's Not a Reference Manual ... This book is more like
a tutorial than a reference manual. ... this book doesn't
replace Python's reference manuals. If you want an ex-
haustive list of language rules, the manuals do the job ...
the manuals can be used to supplement the material
here, if needed ..."
on the other hand, Webster says a "manual" is "a book that
is conveniently handled," so maybe Mark should have used
the word "handbook" to be on the safe side ;-)
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