Better Python Code (Addison-Wesley)
Wednesday, 13 December 2023

This book is a guide to "Pythonic" programming, a collection of best practices, ways of working, and nuances that are easy to miss, especially when ingrained habits are borrowed from other programming languages. Author David Mertz presents concrete and concise examples of various misunderstandings, pitfalls, and bad habits in action.


He explains why some practices are better than others, based on his 25+ years of experience. Each chapter thoroughly covers related clusters of concepts.

Author: David Mertz
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Date: November 2023
Pages: 288
ISBN: 978-0138320942
Print: 0138320942
Audience: Python developers
Level: Intermediate
Category: Python

Topics include

  • Use the right kind of loops in Python
  • Learn the ins and outs of mutable and immutable objects
  • Get expert advice to avoid Python "gotchas"
  • Examine advanced Python topics
  • Navigate the "attractive nuisances" that exist in Python
  • Learn the most useful data structures in Python and how to avoid misusing them
  • Avoid security mistakes
  • Understand the basics of numeric computation, including floating point numbers and numeric datatypes


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