book on Python for Fortran programmers

Anna revanna at
Tue Apr 15 22:54:08 CEST 2003

On Tue, 15 Apr 2003 12:15:18 +0000, Michael Prager wrote:

> beliavsky at wrote:
>>Python has been suggested by several posters to comp.lang.fortran as a
>>scripting language worth learning. What are some good book(s) and web
>>site(s) to get an experienced Fortran 95 programmer started in Python?
> Of the books that I've looked at, I prefer the "Python 2.1 Bible" by
> Brueck and Tanner.  It's rather complete and doesn't start by explaining
> what a bit is.
> An . . . essential reference . . . is "Python Essential Reference, Second
> Edition" by David Beazley.  It's a concise version of everything
> (reminiscent in its brevity of Metcalf and Reid) whose main drawback is
> the very small type size used.
> Whatever you buy, make sure it's current at least to Python 2.1. (The
> current version is 2.2.2.)  AVOID any reference that is 1.5.x or 1.6.x --
> some worthwhile features have been added..

Well, if you're looking for up-to-date, from the reviews I've seen,
_Python in a Nutshell_ would be worth looking at for this. I've gotten the
impression that it's particularly suited to experienced programmers. 

Just my $.03 worth,

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