Thus far I am having a blast learning more about Python using their platform. They also feature a Java track that I will be looking at after completing the Python track.
If you already use a JetBrains IDE like Pycharm then you are able to code the solutions to the questions from within your IDE.
Other nice features I like are:
Short byte sized lessons – pun intended
Questions on the topics you just learned
You can choose to start with the beginners project or jump ahead to intermediate or advanced projects if you are so inclined. Which is great as you don’t need to work through all the basics if you already work with Python.
A discuss section to discuss each problem you are presented with to solve with other students.
Each section takes a few minutes to teach you the content of the topic which is better than some other resources I have used with a crap ton of fluff in between to make the lessons longer. (This is very much appreciated)
I started withe the beginner project and already learned a few more things in Python that I did not know about so it might be worth quickly working through the beginner project if you are more experienced. That’s up to you.
I will do a review of this course when I finish it as this post is more of a “letting you know about the course” post.
Things got really busy in a hurry. I haven’t done the 100 days of code as planned as work started getting extremely busy. I also started studying for my Unisa exam (C++) that I am writing in a couple of weeks.\
I had to finish an AWS Cloud Essentials course for work which took a lot of time and I am working through the RHCSA materials on the side in order to write my RHCSA exam in December/January. I am also looking into writing the first AWS certification in the first quarter.
On top of that I am trying to keep myself busy with Python.
I should be more active after my Unisa exam as I have a few projects ideas of which one of them consists of .Net.
Today I started with the #100DaysOfCode challenge. The reason for starting the challenge is to force myself to code everyday and getting into the habit of coding.
The 1st project I started is to access my CCTV RTSP stream from Linux, using a Python program, since the system only supports Windows and an Android App that feeds the video to a cloud service which I am not fond of.
It took some time to figure out the correct RTSP URI format but I managed to get it working and using the RTSP library from PyPi I am now able to view a stream.
You can find my GitHub repo here. There’s still a lot of work and puzzle solving ahead but I feel confident that this is doable. Below is a gif of the RSTP stream in action. The full video is on my Youtube channel.
Hunble Bundle currently has a Python Humble Bundle running for ebooks on Python. The bundle starts at $1 for 4 ebooks and $15 for 13 ebooks.
The books are all published by O’Reilly. Have a look at the bundles here and support a charity when buying one of these bundles. I have grabbed the large bundle and will do a few reviews in the future.
It has been the week of Powershell and Python for me and I created a blog post and video on how to install Python 3.7, the easy way, on Elementary OS (a Linux operating system) on my technical blog here.
Part of my Python programming module at Unisa is based on creating GUI applications using the Qt framework, PyQt5 to be more precise.
Unfortunately the study guide is based on Windows and not everything works the same way on Linux. The problem I had was not converting the .ui file as saved from Qt Designer to the .py file but with opening and running the application. The first conversion I did was straight from the guide as per below:
I joined Linux Academy a long time ago but cancelled it because of financial reasons. This week I had another look at them and the courses they provide. There are quite a lot of courses I’d like to do and joined them again.
The idea is to learn more technologies and certify myself on other non Microsoft technologies. Like the saying goes, knowledge is power and I have a curious mind. More to follow on my journey using Linux Academy.
At long last I got my Unisa registration for this semester sorted. Unfortunately I could only register for 2 modules (these cover C++ and Python) as it was extremely difficult to talk to a human at Unisa to find out what is going on.
The import I need is for true division (from __future__ import division) and the book’s space are not really visible. I typed from__future__import division as per the text book and when I run the program received the below syntax error.
It took some digging and testing for me to find out that the statement should have a space in-front and after __future__ . It should be from (space) __future__ (space) import (space) division. i.e from __future__ import division. Note the 2 underscores before and after future.
Hope this helps anyone else that struggled to get this simple statement working.