Media praise for Python in a Nutshell

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"'Python in a Nutshell' is now the one Python book that never strays far from my desk...Covering the core language, the standard libraries, and networking and C/Java extensions, it is pretty comprehensive -- with redundancy avoided and information compactly presented, it packs a lot in. In the best O'Reilly tradition, it is also reliable and easy to use, with good explanations, a clear layout, and an extensive index.
Though invaluable as a reference, however, 'Python in a Nutshell' is discursive enough that chapters can be read comfortably, making it a great tool for learning new material."
--Danny Yee,, December 2003

"In a nutshell, 'Python in a Nutshell' serves one primary goal: to act as an immediately accessible goal for the Python language. True, you can get most of the same core information that is presented within the covers of this volume online, but this will invariably be broken into multiple files, and in all likelihood lacking the examples or the exact syntax description necessary to truly understand a command."
--Richard Cobbett, "Linux Format," September 2003

"O'Reilly has several good books, of which 'Python in a Nutshell' by Alex Martelli (O'Reilly & Associates, 2003, 0-596-00188-6) is probably the best for giving you some idea of what Python is about and how to do useful things with it."
--Jerry Pournelle, "Byte Magazine," May 2003

"Experienced, erudite author. Compelling topic. Proven format. What happens when you combine them? In book publishing, as with rock-and-roll bands and athletic teams, there are plenty of cases where apparent 'all-star' combinations have turned out badly. The fate of 'Python in a Nutshell' is happier, though. If you want to learn about Python, and can choose only one book to do so, take 'Python in a Nutshell.' Here's why--on its publication last week, it became not just 'A Desktop Quick Refernce,' as it's subtitled, but the definitive printed reference for the Python programming language."
--Cameron Laird, UnixReview, March 2003