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(the eff-bot guide to) The Standard Python Library

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Based in part on over 3,000 newsgroup articles written by Python veteran Fredrik Lundh since 1995, this book provides brief descriptions and sample scripts for all standard modules in the Python 2.0 library.

For more information on the book and the print editions, see (the eff-bot guide to) The Standard Python Library.

The effbot.org edition (based on the 2001 O’Reilly edition)

Individual pages:

The Standard Python Library (HTML)

Printable chapters:

Preface
1. Core Modules
2. More Standard Modules
3. Threads and Processes
4. Data Representation
5. File Formats
6. Mail and News Messages
7. Network Protocols
8. Internationalization
9. Multimedia Modules
10. Data Storage
11. Tools and Utilities
12. Platform Specific Modules
13. Implementation Support Modules
14. Other Modules

Note: All chapters are distributed as PDF files; to read them, you need Adobe Reader (formerly known as Adobe Acrobat) or compatible software. Some browser/acrobat combinations have problems reading the documents directly from the site; if you experience this, try saving the chapter to disk before opening it in Acrobat (right click + save + open usually works best). This electronic edition differs somewhat from the printed version. The design is based on the current effbot.org style, and the content is based on a late draft, not the published edition.

Updates

New Modules in Python 2.1
New Modules in Python 2.2
New Modules in Python 2.3
New Modules in Python 2.4 (coming soon)
New Modules in Python 2.5 (coming soon)