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Brett Slatkin

Brett Slatkin, author of the video "Effective Python Live Lessons," talks about what makes Python a good introductory language, what's appealing about Python, and the most common pitfalls for new Python users.

Zed A. Shaw

Zed A. Shaw, author of Learn More Python the Hard Way LiveLessons (Workshop), discusses refining your Find Project.

Brett Slatkin

Python has first-class functions, meaning you can assign them to variables, pass them as arguments to other functions, compare them in expressions, etc. Python also supports closures: functions that refer to variables from the scope in which they were defined. Put together, first-class functions and closures give you a powerful tool for implementing simple interfaces while maintaining state. In these excerpted items from Effective Python: 59 Specific Ways to Write Better Python, Brett Slatkin shows you how and why to use first-class functions and closures in your Python programs.

Zed A. Shaw

In this excerpt from Learn More Python the Hard Way LiveLessons (Workshop), Zed A. Shaw discusses refactoring in Python.

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Brad Yale

In an ongoing effort to shed light on basic concepts within the Internet, this article is going to touch on a underlying principle of cloud based solutions, PaaS. This article will aim to answer the following questions:


  1. What is PaaS?
  2. How does PaaS Work?
  3. How is PaaS Different than Traditional App Development?
  4. What are the Major Benefits of PaaS?
  5. Who Should Utilize PaaS?

  6. If you need a refresher on how the cloud works, check out "How the Internet Works: The Layers of the Cloud"

Brad Yale

Normally, I use this space to talk about tech issues. In a way, I will use this post to do that yet more than anything else, I am going to use this space to talk about the reality of continuing to learn in a professional setting. More specifically, I am going to use this space to talk about the importance of continued education in a professional/personal setting and some of the interactive tech tools – Learning Labs – InformIT offers to help you to continue to learn. I promise you, you’ll love Learning Labs.

 

Brad Yale

With OSCON taking place in Oregon from 7/20/2014 – 7/24/2014, the Open Source community will come together to discuss everything new in the Open Source world. From OSS to Java, Python to PHP, Cloud Computing to Perl and emerging programming languages to mobile platforms, the Open Source community has a lot to chat about.

This said, I wanted to take the time to discuss why the Open Source initiative matters by highlighting a few key elements of the protocol which help to make it so powerful.

Brad Yale

Learning to code has never been so simple. With IT video tutorials presented in a learn-as-you-go fashion, InformIT LiveLessons empower dev newbies to learn the ropes and seasoned programmers to beef up their skills. At 70% off, you simply can’t go wrong.

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