by Guido van Rossum
Publisher: Python Software Foundation 2008
Number of pages: 140
Python is an easy to learn, powerful programming language. This tutorial introduces the reader informally to the basic concepts and features of the Python language and system. This tutorial does not attempt to be comprehensive and cover every single feature, or even every commonly used feature. Instead, it introduces many of Python's most noteworthy features, and will give you a good idea of the language's flavor and style.
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by Allen Downey - Green Tea Press
A concise introduction to software design using Python. Intended for people with no programming experience, this book starts with the most basic concepts and gradually adds new material. The goal is to teach you to think like a computer scientist.
by Brian Heinold - Mount St. Mary's University
Partly a tutorial and partly a reference book. I summarize information in tables and give a lot of short example programs. I also jump right into things and fill in background information as I go, rather than covering the background material first.
by Mark Guzdial - Georgia Institute of Technology
Guzdial introduces programming as a way of creating and manipulating media -- a context familiar to today's readers. Starts readers with actual programming early on. Puts programming in a relevant context (Computing for Communications).
by Fredrik Lundh - O'Reilly
A large collection of useful Python scripts, the best parts of comp.lang.python newsgroup messages, plus hundreds of new scripts. The text covers the standard library, the examples should work on most platforms and Python versions.