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serialx · 2011-04-30 · Original thread
Python in a Nutshell, O'Reilly Media, written by Alex Martelli

Definitely recommended for learning Python fast&practically. It's the most comprehensive and useful Python reference book for programmers I've ever encountered.

kaens · 2008-11-27 · Original thread
I used the python tutorial and library reference in addition to "Python in a Nutshell" ( )

With a healthy amount of coding, I've gotten very comfortable with python, although I still feel like I'm not quite utilizing it idiomatically. As such, I've been going through Programming Python ( ) - which is very well written, IMO - as well as reading a healthy amount of other people's source code, notably CherryPy ( ), since I use it a lot.

If you're experienced with other languages, I'd suggest implementing something like a tetris clone as an exercise in learning the language. If you're only experienced with web-dev (as is often the case these days), I'd recommend implementing a few small web-apps with CherryPy - it's the most "pythonic" "web framework" I've seen so far.

Oh, and keeping an eye on the mailing lists ( ), particularly python-list, python-ideas, python-dev, and python-3000, can be very enlightening.

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