Python Pocket Reference table of contents

The pocket reference is a quick-reference book based on Python 1.5.1. It summarizes the core language, built-in functions and exceptions, and major library modules and tools. As a preview, the top-level table of contents is listed below.

Standard disclaimer: This is always prone to change until the book is actually printed, but the chapters list below should be very close to the finished product's contents. Page numbers are for a draft copy, and have only a relative relation to the actual book (typesetting usually expands the page count).



CONVENTIONS                        2
COMMAND-LINE OPTIONS               2
ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES              3
BUILT-IN TYPES AND OPERATORS       4
STATEMENTS AND SYNTAX             16
NAMESPACE AND SCOPE RULES         22
OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING       23
BUILT-IN FUNCTIONS                28
BUILT-IN EXCEPTIONS               34
BUILT-IN ATTRIBUTES               36
MAJOR BUILT-IN MODULES            36
THE SYS MODULE                    37
THE STRING MODULE                 39
THE OS MODULE                     42
THE POSIX MODULE                  43
THE POSIXPATH MODULE              49
THE MATH MODULE                   50
THE TIME MODULE                   50
THE RE MODULE                     51
THE REGEX MODULE                  55
OTHER BUILT-IN MODULES            57
PERSISTENCE: DBM, SHELVE, PICKLE  59
DEBUGGER AND PROFILER             61
PYTHON MODE FOR EMACS             64
PYTHON IDIOMS AND HINTS           67


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