the best book for learning python !?

Cameron McCloud cameron.mccloud at
Tue Feb 17 09:42:49 CET 2004


I got the second edition of "Learning Python" a couple of weeks ago
and found it very disappointing. I had been expecting something along
the lines of "Learning Perl", which is an excellent book for newbies.

My main gripe with "Learning Python" is that it is too long and
detailed. As a newbie, you don't want that detail initially. For
example, the "Hello, world" program doesn't appear until page 142!

Having said that, the book is really good if you already know a bit of
Python. The explanation of some of the language features is really
revealing and I did learn a lot from it.

For a newbie, I'd recommend "Practical Python".


"python newbie" <mesteve_b at> wrote in message news:<yvcYb.26185$si2.13662 at>...
> The new second edition of Learning Python is outstanding.  Not because of
> the fact that it's recent (2004), but it just simply surpassed the first
> edition in coverage.  Exceptions covered in 3 chapters, is one of my
> personal reasons.
> I actually put my Quick Python and Python in a Nutshell back on the
> bookshelf, just for now, and stopped doing anything with my current Python
> app (a backup program), until I've read this edition of L.P.  and inhaled
> the concepts better.
> You asked for books, specifically, so I won't mention the tutorials
> available on the net.
> Have fun,
> Steve
> "post400" <post400 at> wrote in message
> news:b15d2792.0402161313.6902cc27 at
> > Hi ,
> >
> > I was just wondering ( yeah I know it's not the first time this
> > question pops up )
> > what would be the best 2 or 3 books for someone who wants to learn
> > Python , already experienced in other non-OOP languages .It takes time
> > to browse endlessly on the net , in a bookshop or a library for THOSE
> > books that are really useful !
> >
> > Thanks ,
> > post400

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