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An Introduction to Python - The Python Tutorial (version 3.2)

by Guido van Rossum and Fred L. Drake, Jr.

Paperback (6"x9"), 164 pages - New release! (now shipping - April 2011)
Retail Price: $14.95 (£9.95 in UK)
ISBN-13: 978-1-906966-13-3

About the Book

This manual is a printed edition of the official Python tutorial from the Python 3.2 distribution. It provides an introduction to Python, an easy to learn object oriented programming language.

The author of this manual, Guido van Rossum, is the inventor of Python. Fred L. Drake, Jr. is the official editor of the Python documentation.

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Table of Contents

  1. Publisher's Preface
  2. Introduction
  3. Whetting Your Appetite
  4. Using the Python Interpreter
  5. An Informal Introduction to Python
  6. More Control Flow Tools
  7. Data Structures
  8. Modules
  9. Input and Output
  10. Errors and Exceptions
  11. Classes
  12. What Now?
  13. Interactive Input Editing and History Substitution
  14. Floating Point Arithmetic: Issues and Limitations
  15. History and License
  16. Index


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