Welcome to 2016 and my quest to learn Python

* Dusts off the old blog *

This thing still on?  Still working?  I guess it is!  I could give you the usual excuses why I haven’t blogged much in the last few years.  The rise of Twitter, general laziness, etc.  But I might be back to blogging for a little bit.

I won’t call it a New Year’s resolution as I started it at Thanksgiving, but 2016 is the year I’m going to learn how to code.  Specifically, I’m going to learn Python.  I have an itch to scratch and a problem to solve and Python may be the solution.

I’ve worked with programmers both at my day job and various open source organizations , but I don’t know how to code.  I can manipulate a little HTML and XML (Docbook), but that doesn’t mean I could do it from scratch.

Just over a month ago on Thanksgiving weekend, I decided it was time to learn Python.  I bought a few books from O’Reilly that were on sale, started a Codecademy course, and away I went.

One reason that I may not blog as much, is that I do use a journal – Day One , specifically (and it’s fantastic, but that’s a different subject for another day) as I do enjoy writing.  At the same time I decided to start to learn to code, I started a new notebook in Day One (sshhh – it’s a secret new feature available to beta testers I’m not supposed to talk about…yet) to start detailing my journey into learning Python.

In the coming days, weeks, and hopefully, months I’ll be sharing those thoughts from my journal on trying to learn Python, including why, what’s working, not working and the tools I’m using.  Stay tuned for more as I begin my quest to learn Python.

Paul Cutler
Father. Husband. Vinyl Music Lover. Python student. He / him.