ANN: Dive Into Python published
Shane Holloway (TG)
shane at techgame.net
Thu Aug 5 18:43:40 CEST 2004
You have done a wonderful job on this book. I've looked over chapters
as you have announced them, and I'm happy that you're finally done! I
look forward to using this book to introduce Python to the developers we
Mark Pilgrim wrote:
> I am pleased to announce that my Python book "Dive Into Python" is now
> available on paper, published by Apress and weighing in at 432 pages.
> More information, and a complete online edition, is available at
> Without Apress' financial support, this book would have languished
> half-written and self-published, full of typos and technical mistakes.
> Even if you have read the online edition, please consider buying a
> ===== obligatory back cover blurb follows =====
> This is a practical book aimed at busy developers. Every chapter takes
> a real piece of code and turns it inside out until you can't help but
> understand it. If there is background information you need to know,
> you'll learn it along the way. But you won't find long-winded
> treatises on the aesthetics of API design or the history of computer
> science. I don't have time for that, and neither do you.
> And yet, as practical as this book is, there is a touch of passion in
> it. I fell in love with Python the day I found it. Did I fall in love
> because of some abstract sense of elegance or style? No, I fell in
> love because it works and doesn't get in my way. The standard
> libraries are robust and easy to use. The syntax is not picky or
> arcane. Developing in Python is like writing pseudo-code that works.
> After a decade of experience with dogmatic languages, Python is a
> breath of fresh air.
> This book covers the basics of Python datatypes, from lists to
> dictionaries to tuples and beyond. You'll learn about the power of
> introspection; Python's powerful object model; regular expressions;
> HTML and XML processing; web services; unit testing; performance
> tuning; and the newest language features added in Python 2.3: iterators
> and generators.
> I hope this book makes you fall in love with Python. But if not,
> that's okay. You'll learn plenty anyway, and my passion can be enough
> for both of us.
> Mark Pilgrim
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