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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.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Wizpert button

You may have noticed the Wizpert button on the left navbar. I received an invite from the Wizpert company to be an "expert" in Python programming for those seeking advice.

Essentially, it allows those interested to have a chat session with me to discuss items of interest. While I signed up as a Python person, I also have experience in a vast number of IT-related areas, such as general help desk issues, Macs, Linux (still studying for Linux+ so current knowledge is limited), etc.

Feel free to use the widget or the Wizpert site to contact me directly. Unfortunately, I'm not always available because my military work prevents me from accessing Gmail, G+, or other online chat programs while at work. Thus, you'll have to catch me when I'm not working.

If you want to schedule a session when I'm not actively online, shoot me a PM via Facebook or G+, post on this blog, or you can find some other way of notifying me. I'll do my best to set up a time with you to chat.