[Twisted-Python] Twisted book(s)?

Kevin Horn kevin.horn at gmail.com
Wed Jun 3 03:48:33 EDT 2009

Yeah, those reviews are excellent, but I couldn't remember where I'd read

The O'Reilly book is ok if you want a lot of VERY basic examples of how to
do stuff in Twisted.  I also found the introduction somewhat useful, even
though I knew most of it.

I haven't read the Foundations of Python Network Programming book, but I've
flipped through it a couple of ties at the bookstore.
I decided against it, because I basically knew all the stuff in the
non-twisted chapters, and I didn't want to buy the whole book for just the
Twisted stuff.  Since you're new to Python as well as Twisted it would
probably be much more useful to you.  I've heard lots of good things about

Either way, though, you aren't going to get a whole lot more than an intro
to Twisted in either one, mostly because, well, Twisted is HUGE.  It does a
vast number of things, lots of it you'll probably never have to deal
with...except when you do.

The online docs are pretty good as far as accuracy...most of it is pretty up
to date (or at least up to date ENOUGH), but it's organization is kind of
wacky.  At least is doesn't fit my brain very well...I have trouble finding

I would love to see another Twisted book, but it's kind of a small niche to
get publishers to go for.  Maybe an online book, or something published
on-demand could work, though.


On Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 2:26 AM, Reza Lotun <rlotun at gmail.com> wrote:

> You may also find Foundations of Python Network Programming useful -
> it has large sections on twisted, particularly IMAP
> (http://www.complete.org/publications/pynet/)
> You can also read these useful reviews of the above as well as the
> O'Reilly book, written by a Twisted dev:
> http://eagain.net/articles/review-pynet/
> http://eagain.net/articles/review-snakeball/
> Cheers,
> Reza
> On Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 6:12 AM, Robert Gravina <robert at gravina.com> wrote:
> >> I'm fairly new to Python and very new to Twisted.   I find I learn new
> >> material best from a book, so although I know there's lots of great
> >> documentation and examples on twistedmatrix.com, I was considering
> >> getting O'Reilly's Twisted book ('Twisted Network Programming
> >> Essentials' by Abe Fettig).  But that book dates back to Oct 2005 so I
> >> was wondering if it's still a worthwhile purchase - I'd guess Twisted
> >> has moved a good bit since the book was written.  Any opinions?
> >
> > I got that book and to be honest, didn't find it very useful due to it
> > being a nutshell book - it can't (due to size) go into much detail in
> > each section and so I found the online documentation/tutorials were a
> > better resource.
> >
> > A more detailed Twisted book would be awesome though! I think
> > pragprog.com share 50% of the profits with authors (and do ebooks and
> > betas too), so maybe someone might be interested in writing it :)
> >
> > Of course noone would complain about a community edited book like what
> > the Django project has, either. :)
> >
> > Robert
> >
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