Python 3 Standard Library by Example, The, 1st edition

  • Doug Hellmann

Python 3 Standard Library by Example, The

ISBN-13:  9780134291055

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Master the Powerful Python 3 Standard Library through Real Code Examples


The Python 3 Standard Library contains hundreds of modules for interacting with the operating system, interpreter, and Internet—all extensively tested and ready to jump-start application development. Now, Python expert Doug Hellman introduces every major area of the Python 3.x library through concise source code and output examples. Hellman’s examples fully demonstrate each feature, and are designed for easy learning and reuse.


You’ll find practical code for working with text, data structures, algorithms, dates/times, math, the file system, persistence, data exchange, compression, archiving, crypto, processes/threads, networking, Internet capabilities, email, developer and language tools, the runtime, packages, and more. Each section fully covers one module, with links to additional resources, making this book an ideal tutorial and reference.


The Python 3 Standard Library by Example introduces Python 3.x’s new libraries, significant functionality changes, and new layout and naming conventions. Hellmann also provides expert porting guidance for moving code from 2.x PSL modules to their Python 3.x equivalents.


Coverage includes

  • Manipulating text with string, textwrap, re (regular expressions), and difflib
  • Using data structures: enum, collections, array, heapq, queue, struct, copy, and more
  • Implementing algorithms elegantly and concisely with functools, itertools, and contextlib
  • Handling dates/times and advanced mathematical tasks
  • Data exchange and persistence, including json, dbm, and sqlite
  • Archiving and data compression
  • Signing cryptographically and verifying message integrity
  • Managing concurrent operations with processes and threads
  • Using application “building blocks”
  • Testing, debugging, compilation, profiling, language, import, and package tools
  • Controlling interaction at runtime with interpreters or the environment

For both new and experienced Python developers, this guide will introduce whole new worlds of functionality and better, more powerful ways to get the job done.

Table of contents

  • Chapter 1: Text
  • Chapter 2: Data Structures
  • Chapter 3: Algorithms
  • Chapter 4: Dates and Times
  • Chapter 5: Mathematics
  • Chapter 6: The File System
  • Chapter 7: Data Persistence and Exchange
  • Chapter 8: Data Compression and Archiving
  • Chapter 9: Cryptography
  • Chapter 10: Concurrency with Processes, Threads, and Coroutines
  • Chapter 11: Networking
  • Chapter 12: The Internet
  • Chapter 13: Email
  • Chapter 14: Application Building Blocks
  • Chapter 15: Internationalization and Localization
  • Chapter 16: Developer Tools
  • Chapter 17: Runtime Features
  • Chapter 18: Language Tools
  • Appendix A: Porting Notes
  • Appendix B: Outside of the Standard Library
  • Index of Python Modules
  • Index

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