Programming Python (e-?) books? (< Planet LA still can’t get my titles right)
I have been thinking about how to automate some documentation related tasks for lawyers (well, just for one lawyer in particular). The tasks are largely search and highlight within a document. I’d assumed that there’d be a wealth of search and indexing solutions which would do this, but apparently there aren’t (or I can’t decipher them). The solutions out there assume that you want to identify what document the search term is in. However, I know which document it is in, I just want to know how it is used within the document.
I’m now considering doing a customised solution in Python – a language that I know nothing about (well, except for the 6-8 hours of programming I had at the end of last week). I hate buying books on these topics because I invariably find I don’t actually use them, or use them very little. Nevertheless I’m looking at buying one or more O’Reilly Python books, particularly Programming Python. To get three books (learning, programming and cookbook) looks like it will cost about AUD$217 (inc. 2-5 business days’ shipping- roughly 33% of this is shipping). To get the same three as pdfs will cost about AU$125, and to just get Programming Python as a pdf will cost $75. Alternatively I could buy the dead tree versions from Dymocks here for… oh, about $300 (programming python = $125). (three books+ three pdfs + shipping = about $260)
Has anyone had any experience with O’Reilly pdfs? Will a 1596 page pdf be manageable? Will I end up printing the whole thing out to use it anyway? (maybe I’ll end up printing the particular sections i need when I need them?)
Update [more details here]:
I bought Programming Python Third Edition, Learning Python and Python Cookbook as ebooks (pdfs). The pdf reader interface is at times annoying, but overall they have been a good buy. Would have bought hard copies of all three, but freight was ridiculous. Have also bought pocket reference as a hard copy. Of these three I have used PP3E heaps and heaps, LP a bit, and PC never (despite looking in it regularly for hints). The pocket reference would have been better as an ebook. It doesn’t really have enough info to be useful most of the time.