David J Nevin+= Code

Last updated: Jul 2, 2022

Where I'm at

It’s been a full few days

The Educative OOP course is almost done. It’s time to start exploring a new avenue of learning, namely DataQuest, a highly recommended Data Science education site. I’ve signed up for a year, there was a special offer week, which I took advantage of with 12 mins to spare.

Educative OOP

The OOP course has been really good, but I feel it’s only scratched the surface. I’ve noticed myself starting to look for other resources to supplement, and in some cases explain the topics being imparted. So I’m feeling ready to try out some different course and styles of teaching.

DataQuest

The DataQuest site, when I first checked it out, seemed overwhelming but it’s grown on me. My initial reaction was that the early Python classes were too basic and slow paced. I didn’t realise at the time, but this was a sign of what I had begun to learn.

Yesterday and today, I’ve been motoring through the material and am gaining an appreciation for the style. It’s incredibly focused on the task at hand, data manipulation. The examples are spot on and I’m reviewing my basics but through the lens of data manipulation. (My data lingo is still quiet limited, so manipulation is the word I’m using for the moment.)

Workflow

Vim is set up and I’m more comfortable using it. This post is being written in it along with a terminal running Hugo for live previews and builds. I’m working on tuning my .vimrc file as well as .zshrc without it becoming a full time hobby. ;)

Next Steps

The plan for the rest of the week it three pronged, because I prefer to have my attention met across different products. If my focus wains, I prefer to have a second or third course/project at hand to make the best use of my time.

So, I’m intending to finish the Educative OOP course tonight. I want to advance at the same rate in the DataQuest learning path I’m on. (Data Analysis and Visualization with Python) If possible I’d like to be done in maybe two weeks with a few demonstrable projects.

I’ve been skimming Upwork and liking jobs that I don’t know how to do, but I think I’d like to be able to. So, I’m beginning to adjust and specialize my next courses to match these professional interests, hence the focus on DataQuest

Upwork has also helped me prioritize the learning I want to do in Django. I’m seeing the possibility of work there and also the potential uses of being able to present the Python code projects on a site running Python. It’s a little vague yet, but it’s getting there.

Now, back to it.


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