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Python in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference

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See: Python in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference, 3rd Edition, by Alex Martelli, Anna Ravenscroft, and Steve Holden, 2017, B06Y4DVSBM (PyNutSh)

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About This Book:

Useful in many roles, from design and prototyping to testing, deployment, and maintenance, Python is consistently ranked among today’s most popular programming languages. The third edition of this practical book provides a quick reference to the language—including Python 3.5, 2.7, and highlights of 3.6—commonly used areas of its vast standard library, and some of the most useful third-party modules and packages.

Ideal for programmers with some Python experience, and those coming to Python from other programming languages, this book covers a wide range of application areas, including web and network programming, XML handling, database interactions, and high-speed numeric computing. Discover how Python provides a unique mix of elegance, simplicity, practicality, and sheer power.

This edition covers:

  • Python syntax, Object-Oriented Python, standard library modules, and third-party Python packages
  • Python’s support for file and text operations, persistence and databases, concurrent execution, and numeric computations
  • Networking basics, event-driven programming, and client-side network protocol modules
  • Python extension modules, and tools for packaging and distributing extensions, modules, and applications


“Holden, Ravenscroft, and Martelli are well known Python masters. Their exceptional lucidity shines through in one of Python’s best references, covering the core language, libraries, and essential parts of the Python ecosystem.” — Raymond HettingerDistinguished Python Core Developer –

About the Author:

Alex Martelli spent 8 years with IBM Research, then 13 at think3 inc., followed by 4 years as a consultant (mostly for AB Strakt in Göteborg, Sweden), and lately 12 years at Google (currently as tech lead of 1:many tech support for Google Cloud Platform). He has also taught programming languages, development methods, and numerical computing at Ferrara University and other venues. He’s a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation, a winner of the Frank Willison Memorial Award for contributions to the Python community, and a top-page reputation hog on Stack Overflow. Books he’s authored or co-authored include two editions of the Python Cookbook, three of Python in a Nutshell, and “Beautiful Teams.” Dozens of his tech talks at conferences, and interviews with him, are available on YouTube.

Alex’s proudest achievement are the articles that appeared in Bridge World (January and February 2000), which were hailed as giant steps towards solving issues that had haunted contract bridge theoreticians for decades, and still get quoted in current bridge-theoretical literature, after all these years.

Book Details:

  • ISBN-10: 144939292X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449392925
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media; 3rd edition (April 7, 2017)
  • Publication date: April 7, 2017
  • Print length: 1164 pages

Table of Contents:

  • Part I, Getting Started with Python
  • Part II, Core Python Language and Built-ins
  • Part III, Python Library and Extension Modules
  • Part IV, Network and Web Programming
  • Part V, Extending, Distributing, v2/v3 Migration


“The Python programming language reconciles many apparent contradictions: both elegant and pragmatic, both simple and powerful, it’s very high-level yet doesn’t get in your way when you need to fiddle with bits and bytes, and it’s suitable for programming novices as well as great for experts, too.” (PyNutSh)

“This book is aimed at programmers with some previous exposure to Python, as well as experienced programmers coming to Python for the first time from other languages. The book is a quick reference to Python itself, the most commonly used parts of its vast standard library, and a few of the most popular and useful third-party modules and packages, covering a wide range of application areas, including web and network programming, XML handling, database interactions, and high-speed numeric computing. The book focuses on Python’s cross-platform capabilities and covers the basics of extending Python and embedding it in other applications.” (PyNutSh)


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