Review: Learning Python, 4th Edition

Posted by tripwire45 on Nov 1, 2009 3:57 PM EDT
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I just wrote a review for Linux in a Nutshell, 6th Edition and commented that it seemed as if each successive edition acquired more pages. In the Linux book's case, it isn't true, but it is true in the case of Lutz's book. In fact, between the 3rd and current edition, the book has expanded some 466 pages. Good grief, what accounts for such growth?

I know what you're thinking. The book's cover announces that it covers both Python 2.6 and 3.x. Firing up Python on Ubuntu 9.04 (no, I haven't upgraded to Karmic Koala yet...give me a few days), brings up Python 2.6.2, but on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (I need LTS on my production machine), I access Python 2.5.2, so a lot of "growing" has taken place recently. The Python 3.x changes are sprinkled throughout the later chapters of the book, so don't expect entire sections dedicated to just that version. This book remains dedicated to teaching the Python programming language from the ground up, and doesn't separate chapters or sections by version number. If you need a book that's focused on Python 3.x, I'd suggest Programming in Python 3: A Complete Introduction to the Python Language. Lutz's book also points out the information that's changed for 2.6.

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