Chapter 23. Using Python libraries

This chapter covers

  • Managing various data types—strings, numbers, and more
  • Manipulating files and storage
  • Accessing operating system services
  • Using internet protocols and formats
  • Developing and debugging tools
  • Accessing PyPI, a.k.a. “the Cheese Shop”
  • Installing Python libraries using setup.py

Python has long proclaimed that one of its key advantages is its “batteries included” philosophy. This means that a stock install of Python comes with a rich standard library that lets you handle a wide variety of situations without the need to install additional libraries. This chapter will give you a high-level survey of some of the contents of the standard library as well as some suggestions on finding and installing ...

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