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About the Author

Brad Dayley is a senior software engineer in Novell’s Nterprise Development Group. He has 14 years of experience installing, troubleshooting, and developing Novell’s products for NetWare and Linux. He is the co-author of Novell’s Guide to Resolving Critical Server Issues, as well as seven other Novell Press titles on the ZENworks suite.

When he is not writing books or software, he can be found biking, hiking, and/or Jeeping somewhere in the remote regions of the Pacific Northwest with his wife, DaNae, and four sons.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Easy to follow Dec 19 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Has great little snippets of code. is very clear in what is says and how to achieve your goals. While it seems to be intended at people with prior Python experience. I had previously only done python debugging. and that combined with perl, bash and C experience i was able to pick up the concepts and get functional quickly (I got done what i wanted to quickly). It is a handy little guide that I am sure I will use regularly.

Almost everything I wanted to accomplish I got done just by using this book.

two weak points.

1) could have covered number formatting in output

2) dealing with dates is not really covered
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It's a gem and a bargain Oct. 25 2007
By Chris Mcnally - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been learning Python through the documentation and tutorials that I've found online, including "Dive Into Python", which is a great introduction to Python available as a free PDF. I am writing code in Python and I have not been satisfied with the Python books I've seen and I want to take my code further. I want to write code like a Python programmer would. I need to be reminded of syntax at times, such as splitting strings, but I don't want to go back to the beginner book. I need to learn new ways and new things I can do with Python.

This well written, simple little book fills that niche. You can put it in your pocket and read it on the train. It's well written and succinct. It's not for learning Python for the first time, you need more explanation and examples when you are learning new concepts. This book is a good reminder of things you already learned but has not completely stuck yet.

Examples I have already used are the string manipulation sections, threads and socket programming. I will probably use the HTML parsing examples next. In his examples Dayley does offer explanation. For example, he describes the elements of the try statement, including the finally, the else and the except parts. However this is done in only two paragraphs. It's a good memory jogger and reference if you already know the syntax.

In the string manipulation section, searching strings, comparing strings, splitting and joining, replacing, trimming and formatting are all covered. In addition, there is a little gem about executing strings as Python code. All the examples are useful and can be included immediately in your code!

I think I'll go through this guide pretty quickly, since it's small, but it's valuable and it's worth having. Let me repeat, this book is for a beginning Python programmer who is learning the basics with some other material, or has already learned the basics.

You can always find example code online, in various blogs, articles and tutorials, however it's easier to have one book by a single author that's well written and has a consistent voice. I highly recommend this book, and I wish the publisher would put out more small books like this. They are so easy to carry and have around.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lots of internet stuff, no math stuff Feb. 10 2008
By Joe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Half the book is about internet.
I was disapointed by the absence of math things. 1 or 2 pages could have given an overview of the main math functions. Also no string-numeric conversion functions such as str(), float()... are given. This book is definitely not for scientists or science engineers/technicians.
Things presented are detailed, but they are quite limited.
A fully operational code example often meaningless follows every function introduced. It would be better to my opinion to introduce the functions individualy and then show an example showing several functions in action in a script that means something.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good scripts for beginners March 14 2009
By Eduardo M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I agree with the review that says that the book is good for beginners; It gives you some nice insights on where to start when trying out some scripts for handling files and folders or dealing with strings.

However, I also think it emphasizes the Web a lot. I would like to see more operating system and multimedia-related scripts in a future edition.
Good compact reference, but showing its age. Aug. 27 2010
By M. Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've keep this at my desk for a couple years because it's has valuable snippets of code that are quicker to reference than random sites off a search engine. It's not comprehensive, and I don't think this was ever targeted towards new programmers, it's a reference for programmers new to Python, not new to programming concepts, and given its size, it doesn't have the space to explain the concepts.

In hindsight I've found most of the web section useless, even when using Python for a web backend language, although given the publish date, I'll forgive that.

My biggest problem is that, like all tech books, it's becoming obsolete. This book was written for Python 2.4, and there are a lot of valuable additions to the language, or third party libraries that have been released with 2.6 and 3 that supersede portions of code provided within.

If updated version for Python3 was released, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.


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