Python Books

Python Books

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Dive Into Python by Mark Pilgrim.

 

  • The beginning basics are all covered (and may move slowly for you), but the latter few chapters are great learning tools.
  • It also describes the basics of the environment
  • It is probably the best Python book out there for someone who's already a good programmer.

 

Learning Python

 

  • It is useful, and really good.
  • It's a quick read, and very well organized around fundamental concepts.
  • It's pretty long (>700 pages) but extremely readable and you can rip through it very quickly given you're a quick study

 

How to think like a computer scientist: Learning with Python by Jeffrey Elkner, Allen B. Downey, and Chris Meyers

 

  • If you're new to programming, the best book best for you.

 

Python Essential Reference  by David Beazley.

 

  • You might find this sufficient if you're an experienced programmer and want a concise and comprehensive overview of the language.
  • If you're a novice programmer this probably won't provide enough hand-holding.

 

Python in a Nutshell by Alex Martelli

 

  • It's concise and clear, and doesn't assume that you don't know basic programming things already.
  • It is more like a reference than a book to teach you python.
  • If you're quick to pick up new languages, it's probably exactly what you're looking for.
  • There's a nice overview of how the language works, and then a discussion of most of the standard library.

 

Programming in Python 3 by Mark Summerfield

 

  • I find it very good.
  • It seems pretty good, although it is focused on Python 3

 

Think Python

 

  • It is very good for first-time programmers

 

H.Deitel - Python - How to Program.

 

  • It's very long but basics of Python are covered in first 300-400 pages.
  • It's a nice book for beginners.

 

Python Visual Quickstart Guide

 

  • For someone that knows how to program and wants to get the 80% of the basics of the language, it's a good deal.

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