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    Feedback on Mark Hammond's book


    Hello,

    Can I get some feedback on Mark Hammond's book, "Python programming on Win32" from those who have read it? Is it a good informative book to read? Is it too technical?

    Thanks alot
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    You could read the reviews, if any, for it on a site like buy.com, overstock.com, or amazon.com.
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    I love that book. Your mileage may vary though. I was a pretty good Win32 and COM programmer before I bought the book, so I found his book very informative for what could be done with Python. It does go into some technical details, but it certainly doesn't baby you like a "Learn Foo in 21 Days" book.

    His section on databases could definitely use some work as he barely touched any details of using ADO objects. That's why I wrote my own tutorial for this.
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    I agree with Scorp. If you are doing Windows programming in Python, especially anything COM related, then this book is essential.

    It is a bit dated since it was written for Python 1.5.2, but all the Windows related stuff is still relevant.

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    May I ask how I can learn about the COM stuff in the first place? Is there any tutorial on this subject?

    Thanks alot,
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    There is more information on COM available on the web that you could ever read in your lifetime. Google for COM tutorials and concentrate on the ones that use VB - these will be easier to translate to Python than the ones that use C++. There is a huge amount of information on the Microsoft MSDN site, but it can be very dense.

    Mark Hammond's book has a good intro to COM, so that would be a as good a place to start as any.

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