Python Programming Books?

Brian bnblazer at
Wed May 24 15:59:26 CEST 2006

herraotic at wrote:
> Thanks, if you don't mind could I have a small <b>personal</b>
> description on the quality of the books (pros, cons).
> I also am interested if anyone has used "Python Programming: An
> Introduction to Computer Science" and if I could be given a detailes
> evaluation about it.

I have a copy of this book on my shelf.  I think it may be a good
choice since you are new to programming.  One thing to keep in mind is
that is it a Computer Science book that uses Python to teach CS.  As a
result, you do not get too deep into the language.

One book that I think you should definitely look at is Beginning Python
from Novice to Professional.  I think that it is one of the best books
out there on the subject, is an easy read, has clear and concise
examples, and does a great job of explaining the whys without making
you think you are reading a PhD thesis.

On a final note, I think that Python Essential Reference is a good
reference book on the language.

One thing you might want to look at is Safari Bookshelf by O'Reilly .  They have all of their books online for
your to read.  It costs $14/month, but you get a 2 week free trial to
decide if you want it.  You can even download whole chapters as pdf's.
In my mind it is a great place to test drive a book, or to have one
that you only need to see one or two things in.


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