Preface

Books on Python aimed for the absolute beginner have become a cottage industry these days. Everyone and their dog, it seems, wants to chase the Python.

We’re a little biased, but one book we especially recommend is Python Without Fear. It takes you by the hand and explains the major features one at a time. But what do you do after you know a little of the language but not enough to call yourself an “expert”? How do you learn enough to get a job or to write major applications?

That’s what this book is for: to be the second book you ever buy on Python and possibly the last.

What Makes Python Special?

It’s safe to say that many people are attracted to Python because it looks easier than C++. That may be (at least in the beginning), but ...

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