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#1
[Originally posted by dburton]

Daryl,

I've not even bought the book yet, but I spotted a tiny typo in the on-line
PDF copy of chapter 13.

At the start of 13.3, in the "margin synopsis" (subtitle? section abstract?
what do you call those things, anyhow?) it says:

"open will open a file for reading, (over)writing, or appending, depending on
the value if its second argument..."

"if" should be "of"

I just thought you'd like to know.

Also, here's a question:
Are the on-line PDFs from the first printing, or the second?

And another question:
From the reviews and comments on Amazon and elsewhere, it sounds like Quick
Python is the book to buy first, for an experienced programmer who wants to
learn Python. But, in your opinion, what non-Manning book should be bought
second? (I say non-Manning not because I have any reason to think badly of
the other Manning book about Perl, but because I do not wish for loyalty to
your publisher to affect your answer.) Would that be _Python Essential
Reference_? Or something else?

Thanks,

-Dave
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#2
Re: a tiny typo, and a couple of questions
[Originally posted by daryl harms]

> Daryl,
>
> I've not even bought the book yet, but I spotted a tiny typo in the on-line
> PDF copy of chapter 13.
>
> At the start of 13.3, in the "margin synopsis" (subtitle? section abstract?
> what do you call those things, anyhow?) it says:
>
> "open will open a file for reading, (over)writing, or appending, depending on
> the value if its second argument..."
>
> "if" should be "of"
>
> I just thought you'd like to know.
>
Thanks Dave, it's good to have these found.


> Also, here's a question:
> Are the on-line PDFs from the first printing, or the second?
>
Another good catch. They are still from the first printing.

> And another question:
> From the reviews and comments on Amazon and elsewhere, it sounds like Quick
> Python is the book to buy first, for an experienced programmer who wants to
> learn Python. But, in your opinion, what non-Manning book should be bought
> second? (I say non-Manning not because I have any reason to think badly of
> the other Manning book about Perl, but because I do not wish for loyalty to
> your publisher to affect your answer.) Would that be _Python Essential
> Reference_? Or something else?
>
I personally would go with Python Essential Reference. It will round out some
of the areas and details not covered in the QPB (such as on threads and
network programming as well as some more of the inner workings of the
language).

There isn't that much new which is critical to know about since 1.5.2, but if
you can, hold out for the 2nd edition of PER which will be updated for Python
2.0 (it should be out in a couple of weeks). There isn't that much new that is


> Thanks,
>
> -Dave