Udemy Goodness – A Python Quick Start

Part of what makes being a technologist a challenge is finding the right guidance on tools and technology.  There are a lot of resources like blogs and community shared content, and as more education sites pop up, we are also getting the advantage of more shared, freely available content.

I was pointed to Udemy recently for a Python Tutorial which I found to be great.  For those who wanted to get a quick start with learning the basis of Python, you can visit here to see a very nice walkthrough of some core concepts in Python and programming in general.

As you may have seen a lot lately, development skills are quickly moving up the “must-have” list for operations and virtualization admins.  It is no surprise as more content moves towards the concepts of Infrastructure-as-Code, and the further embracement of DevOps concepts by organizations demands new skills across the board.

If you have any free resources that you enjoyed, please feel free to share them in the comments below.

Happy Learning!

DiscoPosse Review: Python Pocket Reference by Mark Lutz

Mark Lutz has been writing about Python since before Python even hit its stride as a widely used programming language. This shows in the great content contained in the O’Reilly Media Python Pocket Reference book. I’ve dabbled in Ruby and .NET, but more to hit a particular task. Now with this book I have already started to dip my toes in the Python waters.

Because of the OpenStack work I’ve been doing, Python is a must-have skill. This book will get a lot of use without a doubt! Even in the VMware world, more and more Python is showing up in the dev and admin ecosystem, so this is a must have guide in my opinion.

Pocket Guides FTW!

I really enjoy pocket guides because it feels like the perfect depth of technical info, and is basically like having a dictionary at your side as you take on a new spoken language. While you can use the “google it” method to learn a lot, I have taken a different tactic on my path to learning Python by using Code Academy (http://www.codecademy.com/tracks/python), and Mark’s Python Pocket Reference.

Just from this experience I can be sure that I’ll be a more effective Python user. Bravo Mark and thank you to O’Reilly Publishing for another great book! Click the image above to buy the book for yourself and get on the road to Python goodness!