|| The Python
(second edition) by Alex
Anna Ravenscroft and David
Ascher, 2005, ISBN 0596007973, O'Reilly.
This is a collected set of recipes for doing all sorts of common (and
so common) tasks in Python. The recipes are grouped into task-specific
chapters, so you can often just glance down the list of chapters and
then skim the contents of one or two chapters to find what you are
looking for. The recipes are usually less than a page long, often short
enough to just type into the Python interpreter shell directly to play
with, and come with a write up that will cover what the recipe does and
go into details about any additional background material you might need
If you are a lone programmer who's looking to get productive in Python fast, this is a good book to get. Its the sort of thing where you could find a solution in this book in 5 minutes that will save you a few hours of web searching and experimentation. If you've got a few people at work who use Python, then at least get one copy for the office, it'll pay for itself in one use.