Pycast - Weekly screencasts on Python and DataScience by Matt Harrison.
Nearly 5 years ago I was getting started in Python and learning on my own by writing small scripts to automate silly stuff. I wasn’t writing anything adventurous and I was looking for a way to improve my skills.
Right around that time I started getting involved in the open source community in Utah and decided to go to a local conference. Matt was doing a 3 hour tutorial that covered beginner to intermediate Python. When the session was over I felt empowered. I couldn’t wait to get back home to do the exercises that he had laid out during the training. After working through them I felt like I really knew the language. I was writing generators and decorators by the end of it. It was an accelerated learning experience that took me from a novice to a journeyman.
The beauty of his training is, it wasn’t merely a brain dump, he was teaching me to how to learn, where to look up the docs, how to recognize idiomatic python and best practices of programming.
I eventually landed a job doing full time Python at an awesome company.
That’s why I’m excited about his new venture. This is a great opportunity for me to dive into Data Science and I can’t wait to see his videos and workout the exercises.
If you’re still on the fence about it, leave a comment on his kickstarter page with your question. He’s a friendly and responsive person.