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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New Edition in the Works

It's been quite some time since I posted on here. Since the last post, I've come to realize that my dreams of getting Certified Python Programmer isn't going to happen anytime soon. The cost is just too much right now, especially as I will be retiring from the military next year and I'm starting a consulting business.

However, that doesn't mean I've given up on Python, nor have I stopped writing. There have been a number of changes in the Python world since the last edition, most notably the use of Python3. So, I'm now in the process of revising my book again, incorporating some of the language changes and highlighting new libraries and modules that have been developed.

In addition, with the focus on web pages nowadays, I'd like to expand the chapter on web development. There are also a few, more advanced things I've been asked about, so I'm thinking of expanding the scope of the book.

At the same time, there are some changes that need to be made to the book. Nothing significant (I'm not planning on re-writing the thing from scratch), but hopefully enough to answer some of the questions and observations people have identified.

If you have any suggestions or requests for the next edition, please let me know in the comments.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Change in downloading terms

While I know I can't stop anyone from doing it, I would like to note the stipulation on the free PDF version of the book on the navbar. This free PDF is intended for personal use only and is not intended for use by large groups or  organizations.

If multiple people will be using the book, e.g. for a class, I ask that the organization or group please purchase individual copies. If you would like multiple PDF files, please use the Smashwords link.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Certified Python Programmer

One of the problems for programmers is that there are few certifications available. While being certified as a programmer isn't necessarily required (your coding skills can be demonstrated easily enough, especially if you keep a portfolio of completed projects), in this day-and-age, many people expect certifications.

The good news is that O'Reilly Publishing has started a certification program for programmers and other tech-related skills. The bad news is that it is pretty expensive and time consuming: $2000 and 360 hours.

However, at the end of the course you will have learned pretty much everything there is to know about Python: database interaction, large-scale web apps, debugging, optimization, multi-threading, etc. My goal is to complete this certification and use my new knowledge to write the third revision of my book.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Request for new topics

I'll probably be working on a new edition later this year, focusing on incorporating a lot of the material I already post about computer security and how it applies to programming. However, I'm looking for other information to include, so please post a response to this post if there is anything special you would like me to cover in the next edition, e.g. unit testing, refactoring, more web development, etc.

Naturally, if you don't let me know what you want to see, I won't know to put it in. I'd like the next edition to me more of a collaborative effort, so if you have knowledge of a subject that hasn't been included yet, feel free to let me know and I'll see about incorporating your write-up into the book.