52 Books a Year: #23 - Programming in Python 3

Posted by Brian Thu, 03 Dec 2009 00:56:43 GMT

Programming in Python 3
By Mark Summerfield


Programming in Python 3 was my introduction to Python and the book that guided me when I started my pyFish project. When I started the project I decided I wanted to use Python 3, which had just came out, and this was the only book that had been published at the time.

First, the good. If you are an experienced programmer looking to pick up a new language this is a good book. The first section gets you up to speed with the language quickly and little time is wasted with introductory concepts. Through the rest of the book you get a good overview of Python features,with extra emphasis given to those added in Python 3, and information about libraries that can be used for various tasks, such as XML processing.

It’s not all good though. At times the writing is very dense. The book covers a lot of ground and Summerfield doesn’t waste much time covering it. Needless to say this is not the book for someone new to programming. However, the choices in Python 3 books were still pretty slim last I looked so this might be the best choice there is. I know it will serve as a useful reference for yours to come on my shelf.


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