November 17, 2006

Review: Python Phrasebook (Developer's Library)

James Pyles writes "Having recently reviewed JavaScript Phrasebook
by Christian Wenz for the Linux Tutorial site and Wesley Chun's Core Python Programming
for Linux Magazine
(due out in next month's issue), I was excited to get the opportunity to review the brand-new
Python Phrasebook. Apparently Brad Dayley was also excited about writing this book as he states in the Introduction:
'I was excited when my editor asked me to write a phrasebook on the Python language. The phrasebook
is one of the smallest books I have ever written; however, it was one of the hardest.

Dayley goes on to say 'The book is not a reference manual or a language guide that
encompasses the entire language--that's not the purpose. The purpose is to provide you with a small,
simple-to-use phrasebook that will get you going and provide you a quick, easy reference later as you
delve into new areas of the language.
' Those words were my "marching orders" on how best to
read and evaluate Python Phrasebook. I thought that it would be interesting to review this book since almost
everything else Dayley's written has been on ZENWorks and published by Novell Press (which is really SAMS).
How would he handle the departure from this favorite topic to author?"


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