About the Author

Mark Lutz is the author of Python's foundational and best-selling texts, a former trainer with two decades experience teaching Python to newcomers, and one of the people responsible for the prominence that Python enjoys today.

Mark is the author of the three O'Reilly books Learning Python, Programming Python, and Python Pocket Reference, all currently in fourth or fifth editions. He has been using and promoting Python since 1992, started writing Python books in 1995, and began teaching Python classes in 1997. As of mid-2017, Mark has instructed 260 Python training sessions; taught roughly 4,000 students in live classes; and written 14 Python books that have sold over 600,000 units, span 11,000 published pages, cover Pythons 1.X through 3.X, and have been translated to at least a dozen languages.

Together, his quarter century of Python efforts so far have helped to establish it as one of the most widely used programming languages in the world. In addition, Mark has been in the software field for over three decades. He holds BS and MS degrees in computer science from the University of Wisconsin where he explored implementations of the Prolog language, and over his career has worked as a professional software developer on compilers, programming tools, scripting systems, and assorted client/server and business applications.

For more author background, see Mark's Python Activities History and Supplemental Bio pages; his former training web site at learning-python.com/training; and his book support site at learning-python.com.

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