Let’s say you’ve just joined my team and want to become an idiomatic Python programmer. Where do you begin?
Well, you can move up the learning curve quickly using resources from this blog:
- Pythonic means idiomatic and tasteful
- import this: learning the Zen of Python
- The 3 Best Python Books for Your Team
I also have some good resources on web development with Python:
- Rapid Web Prototyping with Lightweight Tools
And on more advanced Python concepts, like dunders and functional programming:
You can also gain a lot by checking out great talks from prior PyCon’s — I have a couple of round-ups here:
Two talks, in particular, will do well to teach you “the Python way”. These are:
The wider web has a slew of free, idiomatic Python references.
- Dive Into Python (somewhat dated, from 2004)
- Hitchiker’s Guide to Python
- The Python Tutorial
- A Gallery of IPython Notebooks
- Awesome Python – Open Source Libraries
- Python MOTW – Module Of The Week
Since building and doing is the path to “best practice”, you might want to build yourself a small web application with Flask. The Flask documentation also exhibits really good Python style, in both code and documentation:
Two Python masters who will teach you about Python style and internals (respectively) are Hettinger and Beazley. Many of their talks are recorded at these links. Growing to love their talks has become a rite of passage for many an idiomatic Python programmer.
See especially Hettinger’s:
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