PyDev of the Week: Gabriel Pettier

Posted by Mike on May 25th, 2015 filed in Advocacy, PyDevOfTheWeek, Python
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This week we welcome Gabriel Pettier (@tshirtman) as our PyDev of the Week. He is a core developer of the Kivy project and he writes a pretty interesting blog. Let’s spend some time getting to know our fellow Pythonista better!

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Python 101 Screencast Crowdfunding Campaign Re-launched

Posted by Mike on May 18th, 2015 filed in Python
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I’ve finally gotten the Python 101 Screencast campaign relaunched. However I have switched to IndieGogo for the here: http://igg.me/p/python-101-screencast/x/2068547

The reason for the switch is that they have lower fees and they also allow more types of payment. I always seem to get backers who can’t back my project because Kickstarter doesn’t support their payment type (i.e. Paypal).

Anyway, I’ve added some more levels of support and a few fun goodies. I am hoping to add a few more freebies, but I don’t want the project to suffer from scope creep and end up not delivering on time.

I hope you all can join my new campaign and help me get this project going at full speed. Thanks again for your support!

– Mike


PyDev of the Week: Vasudev Ram

Posted by Mike on May 18th, 2015 filed in Advocacy, PyDevOfTheWeek, Python
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This week we welcome Vasudev Ram (@vasudevram) as our PyDev of the Week. Vasudev is a freelance developer who blogs on lots of different software topics, including Python. He is the creator of xtopdf, which you can read more about here. Let’s spend some time getting to know him better!

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Python 101 Sale

Posted by Mike on May 13th, 2015 filed in Books, Python
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My first book, Python 101 is on sale this month. You can get it on Amazon US for $5.99 or you can buy it for 50% off via my website. To get 50% off, just enter the following offer code at checkout: may50


PyDev of the Week: Julien Danjou

Posted by Mike on May 11th, 2015 filed in Advocacy, PyDevOfTheWeek, Python
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This week we welcome Julien Danjou (@juldanjou) as our PyDev of the Week. Julien is the author of The Hacker’s Guide to Python. He also writes and interesting Python blog. Let’s spend some time getting to know Julien better!

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PyDev of the Week: Matt Harrison

Posted by Mike on May 4th, 2015 filed in PyDevOfTheWeek, Python
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This week we welcome Matt Harrison as our PyDev of the Week. Matt is the author of several Python books. He is well known as a speaker at PyCon and other conferences and user groups. Last year, he released a Python Training Bundle which is a Python course for learning 90% of Python. Let’s spend some time getting to know him better!

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PyDev of the Week: Adina Howe

Posted by Mike on April 27th, 2015 filed in Advocacy, PyDevOfTheWeek, Python
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This week we welcome Adina Howe as our PyDev of the week. I first heard about Mrs. Howe from an article on Nature.com about how Python is doing well in scientific circles and is worth learning. Currently she is a Biosystem Engineering professor at Iowa State University. Let’s spend some time getting to know more about her!

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47 Hours to End of Kickstarter + New Video

Posted by Mike on April 22nd, 2015 filed in Education, Python
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My second Kickstarter campaign is coming to an end in less than 2 days! I still haven’t met my goal, but I know I could still make it. In the mean time, I created episode #3, which is a screencast about Python’s lists, tuples and dictionaries. You can check it out here:

Be sure to check out my Kickstarter campaign too!


PyDev of the Week: Noah Gift

Posted by Mike on April 20th, 2015 filed in Advocacy, PyDevOfTheWeek, Python
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This week we welcome Noah Gift (@noahgift) as our PyDev of the Week. Let’s spend some time getting to know more about him!

Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):

Current hobbies are MMA training, which was a side-effect of working at my current job. I train about 6 days a week doing a lot of bodyweight training and things like hill repeats, and then for skills I train doing kickboxing and BJJ (Brazilian jiu-jitsu). Considering doing a BJJ tournament in the future, but mostly like discipline and change of pace from writing code. The other cool thing about training for MMA and specifically BJJ is that you are literally fighting someone to the death, then stopping in practice. A little scary, but also kind of cool.

I took a long winding path for education. Started with an AA degree, then got a BS in Nutritional Science at Cal Poly. While I was there I tried to walk on the D1 Track and Field team for Decathlon. I didn’t make it, but it was a great experience. After that I worked a bit, then got a MS in Computer Information Systems at CSULA, while I had a full time job. Just recently, finished an MBA while working full time from UC Davis.

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Python 101 Screencast Update – Another Demo Video

Posted by Mike on April 16th, 2015 filed in Education, Python
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Yesterday I put together another demo of Python 101, the Screencast. This one is based on the first chapter of my book, which covers the basics of IDLE, Python’s built-in development environment. You can check out the video below:

The Kickstarter campaign for the screencast series has one more week to go. You can check out the Kickstarter here. I appreciate your support!