The best way to learn Python

for the absolute beginners and improvers

Before the talk, I want to know...

So... If you want to learn Python from scratch

Classes / Courses

Classes / Courses

  • Structured progression
  • Concept explained by experts
  • Hands-on exercise via homework
  • Motivated to make progress
  • Can be costly
  • Can be not as flexible
  • Can be time consuming
  • Can be outdated

Meetup / Conferences

Meetup / Conferences

  • Socialization / Friendship
  • Get a wide varity of knowledge
  • Stay up to date
  • Most meetups are free (with free food)
  • Can be less hands-on (except sprints)
  • Can be not accessible (travel etc)
  • Can be difficult to follow

What if I want more...

Imporving your knowledge about Python

Online googling

Online googling

  • Mostly free
  • Looking for specifics
  • Stackoverflow has good Q&As to look for
  • Blog posts can be very DEEP
  • Has to ask the right question
  • Can take some time (you better like reading)
  • No fact check
  • Can be outdated

Self investigation

Self investigation

  • CPython source code is on GitHub
  • dir() does not need internet
  • Stick with your for longer
  • Feeling smart when you figure it out yourself
  • Need to know where to start
  • Can be even more confusing
  • Can be a hit or miss

Where can I find help?

Stackoverflow?

Stackoverflow?

  • Big community
  • Knowledgable people there
  • May get answer quickly
  • Sacry for beginner
  • Frown upon if people think your question is "not good"
  • Can be toxic

GitHub?

GitHub?

  • May also report a bug
  • Maintainers can be helpful
  • Help others who may also struggle with the same thing
  • Need to ask in the right repo
  • Maintainers are busy
  • May takes a long time to get an answer

Discord?

Discord?

  • There is asking for help mechanic there (Python Discord)
  • Huge community
  • Voice chat may also be avaliable
  • Answers are not kept as record
  • Can have a lot of noises
  • Please don't DM people to ask questions

Finding a mentor

If you are lucky enough to have one

Finding a mentor

If you are lucky enough to have one

  • Can also be your best friend
  • May also provide other support (emotional?)
  • Personal connection
  • People are busy (be greatful when you get help)
  • Difficult to find one
  • It's a relationship you may want to maintain

Which one are you going to try next?

Remember, you are not alone...

the community is here to help

 

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