Great Python books for the beginner

Jorgen Grahn grahn+nntp at
Thu Jan 17 10:41:23 CET 2008

On Sat, 12 Jan 2008 01:03:42 -0600, Landon <projecteclipsor at> wrote:
> Hi, I'm a freshman in college and I'm going to be taking an intro to
> programming course next semester which mainly uses Python, so I
> thought it might be a good time to pick up Python beyond the scope of
> the class as well. The text book for this class is Python for the
> Absolute Beginner or something similar to that name.
> I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on what other titles I
> could look into since this one seems from a glance at reviews to be
> teaching mainly through game programming (a topic I'm not too
> interested in) or if this one is a quality book by itself.

I like Alex Martelli's book, published by O'Reilly a few years ago (I
forget its name). It is not too thick -- books which are too thick to
stay open are useless IMHO -- and it's not a beginner programmer's

(You'll have a text book, so it will teach programming in general and
simple Python programming, right?)


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