Sunday, November 9, 2014
I'm a few weeks in to learning Python. I figured it was high time. I've always had programmer-ish tendencies, and have tried many times to gain some skill in that domain, but I've always gotten frustrated and have given up for one reason or another. But this time, I'm determined to stick it out and I think I've found a good way to learn and that is through Zed Shaw's "Learn Python the Hard Way." Contrary to what the title says, Shaw has actually created the easiest way to learn a programming language I've found. And he's a personable, down-to-earth teacher who makes it all fun and fascinating. I highly recommend this book as it de-mystifies programming and makes learning a joy.
My real goal here is to get to the point that I can write, or extend the tools and scripts I already use and Python seems to be the best language to learn for this mission. Just about every tool I know and use incorporates Python as a scripting language, so I think I've picked the right language and the right path. I feel like I've started a wonderful journey and I'm really excited to see where this road leads.