Python books <- hello PlanetLA
In the end I bought PDF versions of Programming Python, Learning Python and the Python Cookbook (for about AUD125 all up). I bought pdfs because:
* shipping was v. expensive (and O’reilly was underquoting on shipping, but they offered to match the rates on the website);
* they said if I rang up I could buy the relevant book at the bundle price less the ebook price;
I bought Programming Python in particular because I browsed the book on the O’Reilly website and it started with a case study covering a heap of things I wanted to know. It is the book I’ve been using the most so far.
Whether they’re ok as pdfs is an open question. I find myself wanting to tag things – which I can’t do with the pdf (maybe I could with the other formats)? The pdfs also suffer from annoying defaults (zoom level, bookmarks, one page display) – which I can’t seem to change permanently (I have to do it each time I open them). I may end up getting a dead tree version of Programming Python, primarily because I covet having an O’Reilly imprint on the bookshelf.
PDFs are easy to carry around on the eee if I’m on the move as well. In theory I can save these to text and grep them, but the acroread text export is brain dead, reducing the utility of grep (if I post processed them they might be more readable, but they don’t, for example, preserve code indentation – tch!). However limitations of grep et al are part of the reason I’m learning Python, so there’s a certain poetry to that circumstance.