Great Python books for the beginner

Mike kyosohma at
Sat Jan 12 15:32:35 CET 2008

On Jan 12, 7:47 am, Ben Finney <bignose+hates-s... at>
> Landon <projecteclip... at> writes:
> > 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.
> The book "Learning Python" is currently proving very useful to an
> associate of mine. I'm watching his knowledge of Python grow
> substantially every week, from what was an essentially zero start.
>     Learning Python, 3rd Edition
>     Mark Lutz
>     O'Reilly
>     <URL:>
> Looking through the text, it is very well structured, thoroughly
> teaching all the fundamentals of the language and types and idioms
> while referring back to already-learned material. The author makes a
> living training people in Python, and the third edition has benefited
> from his many years of experience finding effective ways to teach the
> language.
> --
>  \     "If you ever teach a yodeling class, probably the hardest thing |
>   `\      is to keep the students from just trying to yodel right off. |
> _o__)                      You see, we build to that."  -- Jack Handey |
> Ben Finney

I would recommend Lutz's other book, the wonderful Python tome
"Programming Python 3rd Ed." as well. It's good for getting into the
deepest part of Python's jungle.


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