Learning Python

Date: June, 1999
From: John Klassa

I enjoyed this book, and found it to be a much more accessible vehicle
for learning python than anything else I've come across so far.

I tried Programming Python (see above), and thought it was good, but
also found it rather daunting (it's a big book). I've read Guido's
tutorial, a couple of times, but have always lamented the fact that it
only addresses the basics (stuff that's easy to learn, anyway; what I
have trouble with is how to do specific things, day to day, while in
the thick of programming). The standard documentation (in the form of
the library and language references) answers these kinds of questions,
but is huge and difficult to navigate... (I'm a plain ASCII kind of guy
-- I like to bring things up with less and do simple searches. HTML,
PDF and the like just don't lend themselves to finding things quickly.)

Learning Python nicely addresses all of these problems. It's small and
focused, and has a couple of great sections at the end (like one on
library modules) that begin to clue you in, in small ways, on how to go
about doing real work with python. Recommended reading for budding
python programmers.

For those who are wondering, based on my earlier assessment of python
and the fact that I don't see a need for it given my proclivity for
perl, let's just say that I'm trying to be a little more open minded.


Time-stamp: "2000-08-14 20:24:40 raleigh"