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The only way to learn a new programming language is by writing programs in it.- Dennis Ritchie
There is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time.- Desmond Tutu
I recently interviewed for this Data Engineer position. I was able to answer questions during their technical phone screening that I otherwise wouldn’t have known because I kept up with the bites.
I ended up getting an offer and I start next Monday!
It’s true that there is a degree of luck to this, but practicing allowed me to capitalize on the luck!
The pybit.es slack channel is an excellent example of how friendly the Python community is. The founders, Bob and Julian, took the time to reach out to me and to chat with me. I felt very welcome as a fresh Pythonista.
This is a great platform for getting started with Python and pulling you along to a decent level and beyond. It removes most of the 'what should I try or do next?' which can be the cause of a stall in learning. All you need to do each day is crack on with the next Bite or challenge, and your knowledge and skill grows along with the time invested. I'm hooked.
PyBites has a very welcoming community who are very helpful and make you feel like you are not alone. The challenges are very practical and help you to discover builtins and modules that you may not have known about. There are very helpful tips, articles and a Slack channel where you can get help along the way. The CoFounder even sent me a very encouraging message video which helped tremendously in motivating me.
Every bite of Py has been educational and I am continuously being pushed way past my comfort zone and have grown accustomed to an ever changing and dynamic environment. At this rate, I'll be a pro in no time!
Thanks Bob and Julian!
With a background in Linux Sysadmin, I used to think Python was something really useful but out of my reach. I gave myself the goal of becoming better at it and replace Bash with Python for all of my scripting. I started, like many others, by reading books and doing small exercises, but progress was slow and it took a lot of motivation to keep going.
PyBites was a real revelation. Without knowing it, with each exercise you are taken deep into some serious Python concepts, and it's loads of fun! I can do exercises at my own pace, run my code directly in the browser and see if it's a pass. The score board and the incredible support from the community are an invaluable boost to my motivation.
Over time I built a solid profile which includes a portfolio on GitHub and shows my commitment to coding every day. It has already helped me to get a better job as an SRE.
I'm really enjoying the Bites! I have not made this much progress in my tech skills in a while and it feels invigorating! Specifically i like that you have: 1. designed the Bites so that they are fairly ambiguous and one has to use Stack Overflow/Google to solve them - this is a good simulation of what a dev does at work / 2. the testing is not too constrained so even if I import different modules etc, tests will still pass. I've noticed that on other platforms, testing is "dumbed" down which can get frustrating. Keep the infinite supply of Bites coming ...
I just finished the beginner bites and wanted to say thank you, and what a joy it's been to have this resource the past few months. As someone who doesn't get a chance to work in Python daily or even weekly sometimes, these exercises have really helped me stay grounded in Python as well as explore a lot of areas of the standard library I wasn't familiar with.
On to intermediate!