Beginning Python

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

OK *****

Last modified: Feb. 28, 2013, 10:43 p.m.

This is a very strange book. It manages to explain a lot of the web-world (SOAP, XML-RPC, REST), the application architectures (MTV, MVC, etc) and goes into concepts like list comprehension etc. But manages to totally loose sight of generators, with… and other modern concepts of Python.

I bought it to have a reference book for the differences between Python 2.x and 3.x, which it fails miserably. I then reconsidered and was thinking to use it as a teaching tools for new Python programmers, but it fails again in this respect. Then I decided to use the excellent last half of the book that discusses networks, web-architecture, XML, etc as an easy to use reference for explaining these concepts, which it succeeds in very well.

Overall, it can't get more than a OK rating, as it fails on so many points, but still has some value.


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