Books Programming Python

Book: Python Standard Library

From the title, I expected this to be a thorough reference to the standard Python modules, but instead it is a collection of sample scripts which illustrate the basic usage of the standard modules. In that respect it is similar to the Python Cookbook, but the Cookbook has better recipes and more in-depth discussions of the recipes. Also, this book only covers up to Python 2.0 and is thus somewhat out of date. For example, it covers the obsolete ‘rfc822′ module, but not the new ’email’ module. Also, this book has at least one glaring error — it claims that XML is an application of SGML, which is simply not true. XML is a full-blown meta-markup language like SGML.

Recommendation: skip this and get the Python Cookbook instead.

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