You want to try out programming, but you don’t know quite where to start. In this article I share some thoughts on that based on my own experience when I started learning Python a year and a half ago.
I hate parsing files, but it is something that I have had to do at the start of nearly every project. Parsing is not easy, and it can be a stumbling block for beginners. However, once you become comfortable with parsing files, you never have to worry about that part of the problem. That is why I recommend that beginners get comfortable with parsing files early on in their programming education. This article is aimed at Python beginners who are interested in learning to parse text files.
This article is dedicated to my father. He had begun lecturing to me about the importance of saving when I was still in primary school. I ignored him for years. Thankfully, like any good parent, he never gave up on me. A year or so into my first job I finally understood what he was trying to tell me. My target audience for this article are graduates in their first job in the UK.
I had the pleasure of attending PyCon UK for the first time this year. This is a record of my experience of PyCon UK, where I’ll focus on the things that were the most interesting to me. The conference was a five-day event with lectures/workshops on the first four days and sprint sessions on the fifth day. I was slightly worried that I wouldn’t quite fit in with a bunch of programmers since I have an engineering background, but I was blown away by how welcoming the python community was.