Bow Hunting Skills…Numchuck Skills…Python Skills…..

by Jen Leong on October 8th, 2013

I was so excited to hear the value of learning Python across so many talks!  I am essentially a Python noob and I am just starting to learn the power of Python in between client work and the rest of my life.  It has been a slow and painful process, but I was really inspired by Chase Murray and Justin Yate’s Presentation on “Getting Actionable Intelligence from Social Media” to continue pressing on with my Python lessons.

Twitter API + Python Scripts/Libraries = Data Fun!

Luckily I have signed up for a class with my company and therefore have dedicated time.  However, for those of us that don’t have the luxury of being in a classroom, the Learn Python The Hard Way website is a good one to start with.  This tutorial has a tough-love approach to teaching you the language.  I am a big fan because the author really hammers home the need to practice (do it at least 20 times!) and provides great exercises to build on my skills.  I have not gotten far, and I almost gave up…but through several talks and discussions here at the Annual Conference, I am inspired to keep working on it.

Practice, Practice, Practice!  It is so much easier to stick to learning a new language outside of your daily work when you are inspired.

Who doesn’t love new Skills?!

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