Python Essential Reference

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/9/2009
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
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Python Essential Reference is the definitive reference guide to the Python programming language the one authoritative handbook that reliably untangles and explains both the core Python language and the most essential parts of the Python library.

Designed for the professional programmer, the book is concise, to the point, and highly accessible. It also includes detailed information on the Python library and many advanced subjects that is not available in either the official Python documentation or any other single reference source.

Thoroughly updated to reflect the significant new programming language features and library modules that have been introduced in Python 2.6 and Python 3, the fourth edition of Python Essential Reference is the definitive guide for programmers who need to modernize existing Python code or who are planning an eventual migration to Python 3. Programmers starting a new Python project will find detailed coverage of contemporary Python programming idioms.

This fourth edition of Python Essential Reference features numerous improvements, additions, and updates:

-Coverage of new language features, libraries, and modules

-Practical coverage of Python's more advanced features including generators, coroutines, closures, metaclasses, and decorators

-Expanded coverage of library modules related to concurrent programming including threads, subprocesses, and the new multiprocessing module

-Up-to-the-minute coverage of how to use Python 2.6s forward compatibility mode to evaluate code for Python 3 compatibility

-Improved organization for even faster answers and better usability

-Updates to reflect modern Python programming style and idioms

-Updated and improved example code

-Deep coverage of low-level system and networking library modules including options not covered in the standard documentation

Author Biography

David M. Beazley has been programming Python since 1996. While working at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he helped pioneer the use of Python with scientific computing software. Through his company, Dabeaz LLC, he provides software development, training, and consulting related to the practical use of dynamic programming languages such as Python, Ruby, and Perl, especially in systems programming. He is author of all previous editions of Python Essential Reference, and was contributing author of Steve Holden’s Python Web Programming.  He is a member of the Python Software Foundation.

Table of Contents

The Python Language
A Tutorial Introduction
Lexical conventions and syntax
Types and objects
Operators and expressions
Control flow
Functions and functional programming
Classes and Object-Oriented Programming
Iterators and Generators
Modules and Packages
Input and Output
Execution Environment
The Python Library
Built-in Functions
Python Services
String Handling
Data management and object persistence
Operating system services
Network programming
Internet data handling and encoding
Python debugger and profiler
Extending and Embedding
Extending Python with C/C++
Embedding Python
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Awesome reference June 18, 2011
The presentation is logical and concise, and the examples are realistic. It covers more material in greater depth. The first part of the textbook concludes with useful recommendations on program debugging and profiling. If you want to know how the language works under the covers and how to best use it, this textbook is invaluable. It covers more material in greater depth. This is a must-own textbook for any Python programmer. Highly recommended.
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