[Tutor] Python Book Recommendations [Was:[Re: Security]]

Khamid Nurdiev khamid.nurdiev at gmail.com
Tue Aug 14 08:21:15 CEST 2007

This was really helpful. My message was sent just to find the book exactly
like Alan's "Tutor" for the start. And can proceed to other books after it.

Programming isn't for everyone! Until you find out whether or not
> > it's for you, don't spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on
> > computer programming books! =)
It was just a try to find the proper book for a beginner and also when asked
lots of people here recommended it for the beginner. As for me, I just
followed the mind of more experienced people like the patient follows the
advice of a doctor :-)

Anyways thanks a lot, it is really nice that there is such a mailing list
and such willing people to help.

On 8/14/07, bhaaluu <bhaaluu at gmail.com> wrote:
> Greetings,
> The only Python Books I have are the ones that are freely
> available for download from the Internet. Here is the list:
> Learning to Program (by Alan Gauld - a Tutor on this list.)
> http://www.freenetpages.co.uk/hp/alan.gauld/index.htm
> This book is also available for purchase in dead-tree form.
> How To Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning with Python
> http://ibiblio.org/obp/thinkCS/python/english2e/html/index.html
> Dive Into Python
> http://www.diveintopython.org/
> A Byte of Python
> http://swaroopch.info/text/Byte_of_Python:Main_Page
> Python Documentation
> http://docs.python.org/index.html
> Thinking in Python
> http://mindview.net/Books/TIPython
> Text Processing in Python
> http://gnosis.cx/TPiP/
> Your best bet may be the "Learning to Program" book by Alan Gauld.
> Also there are a ton of tutorials on the Internet, many of which will
> get you up to speed with the basic stuff in a hurry.
> On 8/13/07, Khamid Nurdiev <khamid.nurdiev at gmail.com> wrote:
> > It is Good that you have the book because i have a few questions
> concerning
> > the books again. This book by M. Zelle is getting really difficult
> shortly
> > after that section (also as i see the examples are getting fewer) but it
> was
> > easy till that part, so the question is: is it to me or is the rest of
> the
> > book indeed explained not well(not like the beginning parts)?.
> I call that the "Chapter 3 Syndrome."
> They start out the book holding your hand, and explaining
> everything nicely... then around Chapter 3 the author gets
> tired of going so slowly, and the pace picks up and leaves me
> behind. =)
> > Having heard
> > the recommendations on books for beginners i have ordered the book "Core
> > Python Programming" by Wesley Chun, so comparing those two books which
> one
> > is more suitable  (recommended) for a beginner to both python and
> > programming?
> Programming isn't for everyone! Until you find out whether or notit's for
> you, don't spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on computer programming
> books! =)

>  Here in our local library, the first edition of "Core python programming"
> > is available so i guess i will use it till I receive the second edition,
> but
> > i think it might take like a month, if not more till it gets to where i
> > live. Is there much difference between the first and second editions?
> And
> > also one more book, i haven't ordered it yet, is the "Python from novice
> to
> > professional" by Magnus Lie Hetland, is it worth ordering and studying
> for a
> > complete noob?
> I think your local library is a great idea for checking out programming
> books! Also, look into the Inter-library loan system for books that might
> not be in your library branch. Most libraries can borrow books for you
> from another branch within the system, or even from out-of-state.
> Another resource is the local used-book stores. $40-$50 programming
> books for $4-$5. They may have some highlighting or underlining,
> but that doesn't usually make the content suffer. Often they'll
> have the CD or floppy disk in the back cover.
> Finally, if you do find a computer programming book that you
> think is the Philosopher's Stone, and you can't live without it,
> check all the used-book stores that sell online at:
> http://used.addall.com
> >
> >  thanks for your answers.
> >
> You're welcome. =)
> --
> bhaaluu at gmail dot com
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