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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.