Book recommendation

StvB mesteve_bpleaseremovethis at
Wed Nov 24 05:02:08 CET 2004

There are four books I always recommend:
 1. The must-learn-Python-from-this-book book that I recommend is Diving 
Into Python by Mark Pilgrim

 1a. Then,  you think of your own small/medium-size project, and start 
writing it.

 Now that you have been introduced in a friendly and painfree way,
   from Diving Into Python,  and you're pumped emotionally
  from actually writing Python(1a) , start reading:

2. O'Reilly's Learning Python,  to really drive in  the
    language syntax and features, and have a
    comprehensive, well-organized book on every part of Python,
    ready to check back to,  when you need a lot of help on a particular 
  Just read it front and back, when you get the chance.

  And these two books are a must, IMO
3.   Python in a Nutshell
4.   Python Cookbook  <-- avail online too, though

"Madhusudan Singh" <spammers-go-here at spam.invalid> wrote in message 
news:30ictaF2vhlgoU1 at
> Hi
> I am trying to teach myself Python. I have extensive prior programming
> experience in Fortran, a little in C/C++,  Pascal, etc.
> So far, I have been reading online tutorials at and a book 
> I
> found at the library - Martin Brown's The Complete Reference Python. Is
> there a standard classic book to learn from that I could buy ?
> Say something like Metcalf and Reid's Fortran 90/95 Explained or Kernighan
> and Ritchie's The C Programming Language.

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