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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Python in a Nutshell
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alex Martelli
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Distillation of Python Anwhere


I bought this book after working through Learning Python by Lutz and Ascher, and reading sections of other books. It is now my #1 reference. The examples are few, but well chosen to do more than just demonstrate the language. They can show you why a particular syntax or technique is needed. Often I waste a lot of time learning something I don't really need, like lambda functions. By the time I have figured out that lambda functions are not some elegant new concept, just an awkward piece of syntax to do something simple, I've already spent too much time. Alternatively, I decide that something like metaclasses are a waste, and miss something really elegant and useful. Martelli's four pages on metaclasses capture better than anything I've read on the subject, exactly what metaclasses are good for and how they work.

I think the dynamite combo for someone learning Python is both the Nutshell and the Learning book. I would read the Nutshell chapter first ( assuming you have a little background in programming ) then work problems in Learning Python until you are comfortable. Then re-read Nutshell, highlighting the key points you might need to re-learn in the midst of a rush project. Python in a nutshell is the best distillation of Python wisdom I have seen anywhere.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Christa Anderson, Michele Beveridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book


Short and simple, the best book I have read in a long time. I have more than my share of Server books and this one is by far the best one in my collection. I work on one of the largest Active Directory's in the world and this book has helped me out tremendously. Kowledge is power and plenty of power in this book



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML 4 for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ed Tittel, Natanya Pitts, Ed Tittel
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
terrible


this book is only for people who know some about HTML, if your a beginner, or you only know a little, this book won't help you a lick.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Software Engineering: A Practitioner's Approach
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Roger S. Pressman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Do not buy this book


The book recommends itself to the last year undergraduate and first year graduate student. If you are looking for a tourist view of Software Engineering buy this book. It does not stand on its own, it briefly quotes other books. After reading selections from several chapters repeatedly I find it hard to believe anything useful can be gathered from it.