Day 82: August 13, Sunday – Day 91: August 24, Thursday
Progress: For whatever reason, I fell off the blogging daily bandwagon. With that said, I did not completely fall off the programming bandwagon – thank goodness! Here’s a rundown of what I generally did over the past days. It was a lot of the same, and perhaps that’s honestly what made it too tedious to write about.
Now that I have a subscription to DataCamp I’ve been poking around with their Python content. It was fun, and I was getting it, but it really feels as though there is no retention for me. As such, it’s very likely I will end up starting over and taking more notes this time around.
Spent some time with Coursera. Stopped at one project. Though it was not hard at all, it was not something I immediately solved. Since then, too many other shiny things quickly caught my attention. Still would like to get back into that and pursue their further courses in that specialization.
Over the weekend Code School had a free for all and of course I participated. Tried out their Git classes as well as Python and a few others. They definitely put a lot of polish into their videos. With that said, it doesn’t necessarily seem much deeper than other resources.
The most exciting thing on my plate right now is that I’m finally really working on a project of my own. Basically, it utilizes both Selenium (for browser automation) and Beautiful Soup (for grabbing site HTML) in order to automate a process that’s a dreaded part of my regular schedule. That has really captured my interest. Despite knowing nothing about Selenium or Beautiful Soup at the start of the week, I’m already able to click/type into the browser as well as pull all the elements I want from a HTML page. The next step is to merge these two together.
Day 81: August 12, Saturday
Today’s Progress: As expected, I finally completed the initial class in the Python for Everybody specialization over at Coursera. It took longer than I really wanted, especially since none of it proved to be new material. Ah well! Alongside that I started on DataCamp’s Python Data Analyst path. It doesn’t seem to be for total beginners, though, as it speeds through concepts. That’s good in my case!
Thoughts: I’m curious to see how long these DataCamp courses really do end up taking. Also, if they end up being fun to me or more annoying and repetitive. If they are all style over substance then my time with it probably will be short-lived.
Time: 1 hour and 44 minutes.
Day 80: August 11, Friday
Today’s Progress: Continued trucking on through the latest Coursera course as part of a specialization. Chances are that it’ll be completed come tomorrow. Well, in regards to my completion of the material and not an official completion… since the assignments and quizzes are paywalled.
Thoughts: Here’s what’s up. I somehow managed to nab a six month subscription for DataCamp. This is one of the sites I’ve been really interested in checking out (and potentially subbing to) in the future. Looks like I won’t have to right at this moment! They have around 80 courses at the moment, and most for some reason are listed as being 4 hours long. Well, I’m looking forward to trying out a few.
Time: 1 hour and 27 minutes.
Day 79: August 10, Thursday
Today’s Progress: More going through Coursera and continuing to be a bit annoyed that the quizzes (and problems) cannot be turned in. With that said, I do appreciate that you can at least look at them. This means folks can still generally test themselves, even if they can’t submit their work.
Thoughts: Even though this first class in Coursera’s Python specialization is super basic I’m taking it slowly. That’s mostly because it seems that when I get home from work my time is a bit more restricted with other tasks. Well, hopefully it’ll be completed this weekend.
Time: 1 hour and 0 minutes.
Day 78: August 9, Wednesday
Today’s Progress: So, my initial Coursera course gave me a bit of an unfair look at the platform. The one I’m currently taking does not have as great a layout (in my opinion). More than that, however, the quizzes require a subscription/payment to be graded. I really don’t get why that is the case… Obviously to rake in more money, but it annoys me that’s for sure!
Thoughts: I would be much more willing to pony up for a Coursera subscription if it were not so pricey. $50 a month makes sense from the perspective that buying a certificate for one course in particular is a little bit more expensive than that. With a sub you get access to all courses. However, most people are not likely to finish one course in a month in my opinion. You’d have a few overachievers, sure, but that would be balanced out by tons of folks who pause learning but still leave their subscription active for months at a time. Oh well!
Time: 1 hour and 14 minutes.
Day 77: August 8, Tuesday
Today’s Progress: Oops, so I’ve discovered that I enjoy Coursera (more than other resources I’ve found for ‘class-like’ learning thus far). As such, I started up the Python specialization. The first course is almost certainly too simple at this point so I’ll blaze on through until things start to get complex, which is presumably in later courses.
Thoughts: Courses are absolutely my crutch. With that said, it feels amazing to “sit” in a course and find it makes sense. This is far different from my formative experiences with multiple programming courses over the years. Perhaps those initial terrible encounters are why these “easy” courses now are so uplifting.
Time: 1 hour and 38 minutes.
Day 76: August 7, Monday
Today’s Progress: It was a fun ride but today I completed the Python course on Coursera. The content was split up into seven weeks but thanks to its self-paced nature I was able to finish it in six days. This at least shows that I’ve learned a bit about Python, though not as much as could have been the case.
Thoughts: All in all it was a fun course, but one that was obviously below my level at this point. It would have been great to see more assignments jammed in there, rather than simple quizzes.
Time: 1 hour and 0 minutes.