Preface

I’ve been coding in Python for a number of years, longer than any other language I’ve ever used. I use Python for system administration, for web applications, for database management, and sometimes just to help myself think clearly.

To be honest, I’m sometimes a little surprised that Python has worn so well. Based on my earlier experience, I would have expected that by now some other language would have come along that was faster, cooler, sexier, whatever. Indeed, other languages have come along, but none that helped me do what I needed to do quite as effectively as Python. In fact, the more I use Python and the more I understand it, the more I feel the quality of my programming improve and mature.

This is a second edition, and my ...

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