Django Girls Seattle and Reading List for Python

Yikes!  Long time, no post!  Sorry, my faithful few readers, you’re much appreciated.  Here’s some recommended reading, and a small summary of what I’ve been up to!

Python recommended reading list:

  1. Django Girls tutorial gives you a quick and dirty introduction to Python where you can actually start doing things.
  2. Coursera’s Introduction to Python is good for those without any programming experience looking to learn the basics of Python by building games.  It has good projects, though so does Udacity’s Intro to Computer Science that will use your intro skills.
  3. How to Think Like a Computer Scientist is another free online book that is a great introduction to programming and problem solving.
  4. Problem Solving with Algorithms and Data Structures in Python is a free online book that is good once you have the basics of Python down to learn more about algorithms and data structures.

On August 7th/8th, there will be a Django Girls workshop in Seattle, and I encourage others to join!  It’s intended for those with very little/no programming experience to get their feet wet making a blog with Django and Python.  Check out Django Girls Seattle for more information!  I will be coaching, and I believe they still need more coaches as well.

I’ve also been playing with the Meteor framework for JS.  It solves a lot of the frustrating issues with the MEAN stack and instead slops everything together in a beautiful, seamless package.  It’s lovely.  I’ve seen it compared to Rails for Ruby, but it’s considered more seamless because of all the JavaScript on every side, which I personally love.  I’m not going to lie – I like JavaScript.  Hell, I love JavaScript.  I know that’s not a popular opinion amongst programmers, but it’s one that’s growing!

And finally, for those who are worried about my physical well-being…

Physical therapy is still going for my lovely shoulder, which is always fun, but it’s getting stronger.  I still have my shoulder blade winging all the time, unfortunately, but that’s slowly getting better which is good.  2 months from now and it will have been a year since I was injured and a bit longer since I decided to make the career change.  It’s always interesting thinking about the events that set you on your current path.

Also I started an internship!  I’ll go more into that later,  but it’s very exciting!

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Django Girls Seattle and Reading List for Python