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The Python Language Reference Manual (version 3.2)

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

Paperback (6"x9"), 150 pages - New release! (now shipping - April 2011)
Retail Price: $14.95 (£9.95 in UK)
ISBN-13: 978-1-906966-14-0

About the Book

This is a printed edition of the official Python language reference manual from the Python 3.2 distribution. It describes the syntax of Python 3 and its built-in datatypes and operators.

This manual covers advanced topics, and is suitable for readers who need to be familiar with the details and rules of the Python language and its object system.

A tutorial suitable for those new to Python is available in the companion volume "An Introduction to Python".

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.

You can examine the contents of the printed book here,

For each copy of this manual sold $1 is donated to the Python Software Foundation.

As of September 2015 the total amount donated is $4,370 from the sale of this and other Python manuals.

This book is freely redistributable, under the same license as Python itself.


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Table of Contents

  1. Publisher's Preface
  2. Introduction
  3. Lexical analysis
  4. Data model
  5. Execution model
  6. Expressions
  7. Simple statements
  8. Compound statements
  9. Top-level components
  10. History and License
  11. Index


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