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Beginning Python: From Novice to Professional, Second Edition by Magnus Lie Hetland

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In this chapter, I give you a sample of the various ways in which Python can help you write programs that use a network, such as the Internet, as an important component. Python is a very powerful tool for network programming. Many libraries for common network protocols and for various layers of abstractions on top of them are available, so you can concentrate on the logic of your program, rather than on shuffling bits across wires. Also, it’s easy to write code for handling various protocol formats that may not have existing code, because Python’s really good at tackling patterns in byte streams (you’ve already seen this in dealing with text ...

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