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Python in Your Pocket

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Mark Lutz is the world leader in Python training, the author of Python's earliest and best-selling texts, and a pioneering figure in the Python community since 1992. He is also the author of O'Reilly's Programming Python, Python Pocket Reference, and Learning Python (all in 4th Editions). Mark can be reached on the web at

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Handy, convenient reference March 21 2011
By Christian Schmidt - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm a beginning programmer and I found this reference book very handy. It won't teach you how to program in python, but it is an indispensable quick reference for the usage of common commands and methods once you learn the basics. Worth every penny.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Very handy reference with all the answers Nov. 3 2009
By K. Langer - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a great little book. I have had three revisions of it and plan to get the next one when it is published. I keep it in my mini 10v running ubuntu linux (9.10) netbook's sleeve when I travel. Perfect little reference and easily worth the cost.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Unusable Kindle version June 7 2013
By Rasmus Joergensen - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I find this book unusable as a reference guide since I bought it as a kindle book and there is no other index than the index pages of the book. I cannot say anything about the contents since I gave up. In any case, get it on paper!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Indispensable tool for every Pythonista April 10 2012
By JASA - Published on
Format: Paperback
I owned the 2nd edition of PPR, which had some weak points, one of them being the lack of index. This 4th edition of PPR has a detailed index (10 pages), covers python 3.x and 2.6 (and also applies to 2.7), the matters have been reorganized and improved, and thus the contents page now is much more useful. The prose is excellent: neither very terse, nor verbose.

90% of the time I work in python solely with PPR, and the remaining 10% of time I consult David Beazley's excellent 4th edition of Python Essential Reference (Developer's Library) for getting the "dirty details" in python and in the numerous available libraries there described. Thus, PPR is more than a mere pocket guide: its 200 pages indeed correspond to a valuable python single reference for seasoned programmers coming from all backgrounds.

All in all, PPR is truly a Swiss knife for every Pythonista.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Python Pocket Reference Sept. 7 2013
By Stephen Tenbrink - Published on
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This pocket reference for Python is ok but not great. I say this because I found some inconsistencies where it had some aspect of a command or syntax but left others out. It's good enough for a beginner but as you get more into Python this book leaves a lot to be desired. I've been using internet searches to find the answers I can't find in this book but am also looking for a better reference.