book recommendation for Python newbie?

Joe Strout joe at
Thu Oct 9 22:00:44 CEST 2008

I'm trying to (gently) convince my business partner that we should be  
adding Python to our core toolset.  He's never used it before, apart  
from poking around in the tutorial a bit at my urging.  But he's got a  
birthday coming up, and I'd like to get him a book that will help him  
make the transition more smoothly and enjoyably.

In case it matters: his background is mainly in databases (originally  
4D, more recently MySQL), and his current primary tools are REALbasic  
(which is a statically typed language with semantics similar to Java)  
and PHP.  He's primarily a Mac user, but occasionally has to dabble in  
Linux or Windows.  If we do make this change, he'll be using Python in  
a professional capacity to develop commercial apps.

There are a lot of Python books out there... which one would you  
recommend in this case?

- Joe

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