is there a "best" online python tutorial?

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Sun Jan 2 22:52:18 UTC 2011

On Sun, 2 Jan 2011 13:29:44 -0800, Gary Kline <kline at> wrote:
> Guys,
> I actaully have studied python...but only for about twenty
> minutes); maybe a few days, actually.  What is the best online
> tutorial to learn python?  With ink+paper book, altho in lots of
> ways I prefer real books, they almost demand two hands.  Or
> paper weights, in my case.
> thanks in advance for the gbest, or top two or three sites,
> gary

Start at the online docs section of

The 'Additional documentation' section has a few very good guides.

Then there's always a number of books that you can read online,
download, print and use offline too:

    • How to Think Like a Computer Scientist —

      An introductory book that teaches basic concepts of
      programming, algorithms and Python.  Highly recommended,
      because of its excellent writing style and the large number
      of topics it covers (recursion, exceptions, object oriented
      programming, data structures [lists, stacks, queues, etc.]).

    • A Byte of Python —

      An introductory book about Python, updated even to version
      3.0 of the language.  Written by Swaroop C.H., a developer
      in India who maintains the book for several versions of

    • Dive Into Python —

      A Python book for experienced programmers.  If you already
      know how to program in other languages and you are looking
      for a nice guide that will teach you 'pythonic' ways of
      writing code, this is an excellent book.

Even more guides for Python are listed at:

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