The Python Text Processing Beginner's Guide is intended to provide a gentle, hands-on
introduction to processing, understanding, and generating textual data using the Python
programming language. Care is taken to ensure the content is example-driven, while still
providing enough background information to allow for a solid understanding of the topics
Throughout the book, we use real world examples such as logfile processing and PDF
creation to help you further understand different aspects of text handling. By the time you've
finished, you'll have a solid working knowledge of both structured and unstructured text
data management. We'll also look at practical indexing and character encodings.
A good deal of supporting information is included. We'll touch on packaging, Python IO,
third-party utilities, and some details on working with the Python 3 series releases. We'll
even spend a bit of time porting a small example application to the latest version.
Finally, we do our best to provide a number of high quality external references. While this
book will cover a broad range of topics, we also want to help you dig deeper when necessary.