Getting Started with Python @ Code PaLOUsa 2020

I’m honored to be presenting a half-day workshop at Code PaLOUsa on August 19, 2020! I’ve thoughtfully crafted this workshop to help folks get into programming with Python. If you haven’t snagged your ticket yet (and you’re reading this prior to the conference), please go buy one before they’re all gone!

The phrase get into programming with Python is intentionally ambiguous. My workshop is for people who want to get into programming and we’ll be doing so with Python. My workshop is also for people who are already into programming but want to do so with Python.

I learned Python over the Summer in 2019. I really enjoy the language, so I wanted to share the essence of it *and* of programming with others. I’ve presented this workshop at Python conferences and at high schools in the past – both with positive feedback. Out of necessity, this workshop is largely a live coding demo – so cross your fingers for me! Let’s see what we’ll need to do before you sign on for the workshop.

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MapReduce in 10 Minutes

I am honored to present at the PyOhio conference this year! Get details at pyohio.com/2020 (register free here). In this talk, I tell you everything I know about MapReduce in just 10 minutes!

I do not go into how to use any specific implementation of the MapReduce pattern (cough, Hadoop, cough). I do, however, explain how the MapReduce pattern works so you will be familiar with it for your next big project.

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Getting Started with Python

I’m honored to be presenting at PyTennessee this Saturday! I’ve thoughtfully crafted an hour-long workshop to help folks get into programming with Python.

The phrase get into programming with Python is intentionally ambiguous. My workshop is for people who want to get into programming and we’ll be doing so with Python. My workshop is also for people who are already into programming but want to do so with Python.

March 7, 2020 will be my first Python talk. Out of necessity, it will also largely be a live coding demo – also a first for me. So, let’s see what we’ll need to do before you walk into the session.

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Time For A Reset

Sometimes you just need a break … a reset, if you will. I took the month of May for myself and for my family. I would list all the things that normally happen in my house and which ones ceased as of May 1, but you don’t *really* care. Just think about all the hectic things in your life and imagine doing away with all except the actually necessary obligations. I even stopped blogging for the month (and I had some great posts lined up)!

What did I do with all my newly acquired free time? I filled it up, of course! This post is all about what I actually did with extra time in the day versus what I’ve said in the past I would do with extra time if I had it.

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