Introduction

Welcome to Python 3.1!

I've been working with Python for about ten years now, and every new version has caused me to fall in love with the language all over again. Version 3.1 is no different. If you are new to Python, rest easy — I'll guide you every step of the way. If, on the other hand, you are an old Python hand exploring the new version, the book is structured so that you can learn the new information you need, without wasting time on already-known information.

I wanted to write this book because I love Python. I love it! And I want to share my love with you. And, maybe you'll grow to love it as I do.

Who This Book Is For

If you're computer-literate, and want to learn a fun programming language to better control your computer, this book is for you.

If you are a system administrator who wants to learn a great language to help you better manage and configure systems and networks, this book is for you.

If you already know Python, but are wondering what cool new features are available in version 3.1, this book is for you.

In summary, this book is for anyone interested in exploring Python programming with the newest and most full-featured, easy-to-use version, 3.1.

What This Book Covers

This book is designed to cover Python 3.1. Python 3.1, released in 2009, is the latest major revision of the Python programming language. Since Python is a cross-platform language, the content and examples in the book are applicable in any platform (unless specified otherwise). When there is ...

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