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Python: Essential Reference, Third Edition by David Beazley

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Introduction

THIS BOOK IS INTENDED TO BE A CONCISE REFERENCE to the Python programming language. Although an experienced programmer will probably be able to learn Python from this book, it’s not intended to be an extended tutorial or a treatise on how to program. Rather, the goal is to present the core Python language, the contents of the Python library, and the Python extension API in a manner that’s accurate and concise. This book assumes that the reader has prior programming experience with Python or another language such as C or Java. In a addition, a general familiarity with systems programming topics (for example, basic operating system concepts and network programming) may be useful in understanding certain parts of the library reference. ...

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