Mark Lutz is a leading Python trainer, the author of Python's earliest and best-selling texts, and a pioneering figure in the Python community.
Mark is the sole author of the three popular O'Reilly books Learning Python, Programming Python, and
Python Pocket Reference, all currently in 4th or 5th Editions. He has been using and promoting Python since 1992, started writing Python books in 1995, and began teaching Python classes in 1997. As of Spring 2013, Mark has instructed 260 Python training sessions, taught roughly 4,000 students in live classes, and written Python books which have sold 400,000 copies and been translated to at least a dozen languages.
Together, his two decades of Python efforts have helped to establish it as one of the most widely-used programming languages in the world today. In addition, Mark has been in the software field at large for 30 years. He holds BS and MS degrees in computer science from the University of Wisconsin where he explored implementations of the Prolog language, and over his career has worked as a professional software developer on compilers, programming tools, scripting applications, and assorted client/server systems.