November 17, 2014

A New Python Class

The Python installer is downloaded over a quarter of a million times a month. The Python user base has grown hugely in the last five years, and continues to swell as new fields of endeavor realize its advantages. So, inevitably and necessarily, has the number of introductory classes, and much excellent introductory material is available at little or no cost for self-study.

This is all as it should be. Open source languages should be accessible to all, modulo the complexity of the technologies involved. Nowadays, someone with a year or two's programming experience ought to be able to find enough material on the web to get up to speed in Python. A free account with pythonanywhere.com lets you develop in Python on any Internet-connected Flash-capable* browser, and there are myriad other ways of gaining access to Python on anything from an iPad to a supercomputer.

Once you have grasped the basics, however, where do you go from there? If  you have done some Python programming you and/or your colleagues may be interested in our Python Skills Lab with Steve Holden in central London on 9 December 2014. This is intended to give you a day in which you can focus on improving your coding style and enlarging your mastery of Python idioms, learning new aspects of the language with a view to increasing your productivity as a programmer.

Once you sign up we will contact you with an informal training needs analysis to determine your specific interests. Class size is limited to ensure that everyone gets individual attention. The primary materials are the same as used in Steve's Intermediate Python: Practical Techniques for Deeper Skill Development video series.

Further material will be developed in-class as necessary, and added to the Github repository for everyone to benefit from. We are also optionally bundling two hours of remote consulting to allow you to capitalize on your investment and power through problems that would otherwise have held your project up.

Because this is a new format for us we are reducing our prices by 40% as an introductory offer. See you in London, we hope!

* See the comment from PythonAnywhere's Giles Thomas below [updated 11/17/2014]

3 comments:

Giles said...

Thanks for the shout-out to PythonAnywhere, Steve :-)

Just thought I should say, we're 100% Flash-free these days -- it's all JavaScript/HTML5. iPad support is all there, and we have high hopes for Android on our next release.

Steve said...

Thanks, Giles. That's important to know, so I have updated the text to reflect your comments. Looking forward to using Android clients!

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