Week of August 24-30 2015

About a half hour more of videos in Udacity’s Front End Nanodegree. It is very practical though the video banter can be cloying. “Team” meeting at 9:30 Pacific consists of a number of very bright people. Some are software engineers of many years experience which is a surprise to me though perhaps the certification is […]

Codecademy HTML &CSS…with Videos

Played around with streaming software; first two videos pretty poor resolution until taking the watermarked 1080p for the second half of the CSS intro in the HTML/CSS course. Wavering on the need to pay for Udacity when I have the entirety of Codecademy to do. I have access to other mentors which is the chief […]

August 21 Re-starting the Programming Quest

The DRIP email campaign worked… I started the free “Intro to Programming” to see if I wanted to try the full front end web development Nanodegree for $200/mo. Sign up by August 23rd! That is a steal compared to some of the full time training programs, and with an interesting kicker. Finish in a year […]

Complexity Classes

Notes from Week 5 of the MIT Introduction to Computer Science 6.00.1 MOOC. Extensive notes in this .pdf from the class. Further notes related to python here: Assess the complexity of an algorithm from worse cases of input size: O(1): constant running time (or ‘Constant Complexity’); all mathematical operations are O(1); def inc(x): return x+1 […]

Notes on Learning Python by Mark Lutz Chapter 1-4

Introduction on the types of Python is good, but not great for novices to the language, probably a little distracting.  Still cool. Page 39, Turning code into frozen binaries: this is likely obvious to experienced programmers but makes it a revelation for me to get some small scripts into the hands of coworkers.  Will try PyInstaller […]

Reminder: Programming Goals

I elaborated these first two year goals on my personal website: 1) Create a website that solves some problem, no matter how minor.  I have notions of a variant on mortgage calculators that I could work on. 2) Use Python and learn to program some physical device: a camera-wielding drone over a swim meet?  A […]

A Very Simple Name Manipulation Script in Python

Started the MIT Intro MOOC, whose material should be a breeze for me.  Going to do it with some coworkers. Best way to learn constantly told is to play around with programs and just figure it out.  Googling things to add; and just thinking through other ways to build stuff.  I couldn’t (quickly) figure out […]

To R or Not to R, That is the Question

There are two MOOCs at Coursera that each started this week featuring R and I’ve signed up for them.  “Computing for Data Analysis” by Roger Peng (Johns Hopkins) and Statistics One by Andrew Conway (Princeton).  Homework is coming due!  This mocks the proposition in Python for Data Analysis which basically says Python and Pandas will […]