Good book for Learning Python??

Fernando Pérez fperez528 at
Thu Dec 6 17:38:48 EST 2001

Syver Enstad wrote:

> "gsmickle" <gsmickle at> writes:
>> Hello All,
>> I am new to the list and would like to get some input on some good
>> books for learning Python?
> For win32 o'reillys python programming on win32 by Hammond and
> Robinson.
> Another good one is Programming Python (also o'reilly)

Sorry but no, that's not a book for *learning* Python. It's a heavy 
duty language reference. Oddly enough, O'reilly publishes a book 
called 'Learning Python', whose intended purpose I suspect is more 
inline with the original poster's request.



PS. And once you need a language reference, I'd suggest holding back 
on the monster Programming Python and just get Beazley's 'Python 
Essential Reference'. It seems to cover all you need for a fraction 
of the weight. Between it and the builtin docs (use the indices 
wisely), my copy of Programming Python gets opened about once a month.

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