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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 used PyBites extensively during my first 100DaysOfCode round. It is an excellent platform for learning Python. Most exercises are bite-sized enough so there is always room to get in at least one of them even on a busy day. It felt I learned a lot of Python language fundamentals, from beginner to advanced topics, by doing different exercises each day. Also I think the test-driven approach in the exercises are a great for learning, and inspires good routines in programming. On top of all that, they make it fun to learn Python, with scores, Ninja belts and what not!
PyBites is the best platform I can recommend for beginners and advanced Pythonistas. Before joining I was reading books and would not apply anything I learned.
On the PyBites platform however I learned:
1. to use many Python libraries. There are plenty of ways to arrive at a solution and through PyBites I learned about many modules in the standard library using them for my solutions. In the discussion forums I learned how to code more "Pythonically",
2. that providing a solution to Bites is one thing, the unit tests that are part of every Bite are really worth reading as well (the test code for every Bite uses different pytest features),
3. that PyBites has a great, wide ranging slack community of pythonistas of all levels. I have had the freedom to share my queries and the community has been really helpful.
It's been 2 months since I joined this community and my progress is really good. Not only did I learn about a lot of modules, I also learned how to write better unit tests.
To become a solid and confident software developer, you must stretch your skills and knowledge. You have to practice more than most areas of study. That is why #100DaysOfCode has connected with the community so deeply. However, when you are new it is very difficult to know what to build and to stay on track. The PyBites platform is a great asset to help focus your enthusiasm and keep you going for that amazing 100 days.
After being a Pythonista for some time through online reading and writing my own code, I still felt like I missed out on a lot of concepts to make my code more Pythonic and to make use of Python's full potential.
By taking a couple of challenges a day, I managed to take in some more difficult concepts that I didn't understand before.
The bites are just that, small bites of information, all coming with a different Python feature or chaining features together into full-blown usable tools. This allows you to learn at your own rate, while taking breaks as you deem necessary.
The community is very active and helpful if you have questions or you just wanna have a laugh while taking a break from coding. Any problems on the platform or questions about why your code doesn't run? There's always someone to help.
If you're looking for a Python community where you can REALLY develop your skill while getting support from people around the world, don't look any further.
A final note for Bob and Julian, I'm still fresh meat in the community, but the way you guys are handling things makes people feel appreciated as members.
Python has become interesting again and we don't get overwhelmed with useless information. It's a huge language, so sometimes you need a roadmap to get from point to point. You have done a tremendous job mapping this all out.
Thank you guys for turning us into real ninja's :-)
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.
I am a network engineer, not aspiring to be a developer at all. At the beginning, I just wanted to learn some Python to automate stuff. However, after trying PyBites I delved much deeper and learned much more than I ever supposed to. You guys, came up with an absolutely fascinating way to teach a programming language, and I'm grateful to you for all the fun I had and all things I learned. Thanks, and best luck to you developing this project (and any others you may start in future).
I think one of the nicest things about this is that it's giving me the confidence to say I am a programmer. I was just talking to some colleagues who want to learn Python (for data analysis) and they kept asking me if I thought they "had what it took to learn Python" and I remember being in that boat months ago. However PyBites' code challenges, going to PyCon, always listening to Python Bytes and Talk Python kinda switched my mindset and to be honest I think that's the biggest gain from this platform.
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 ...