It’s been a crazy year for me. Loads of excitement and disappointment all around. First off, in July 2016, I lost my job at my first real programming gig due to cutbacks. Luckily, I had saved up about 3 months worth of minimal living expenses, and besides that, I had paid off my credit cards enough to use them for extra cushion. I got a temporary job with Best Buy for about a month starting in mid-late December 2016 until mid January 2017 helping out with delivery and installs of home theater equipment. This was nice, as it got me up to date on what’s available in the market, but it really did not last long. Continue Reading
Yeah, I did it again; I went several weeks (more than a month!) without posting anything. This time, it’s not laziness, I promise 🙂
I started a new book! This book will be on how design patterns evolve when functional programming (specifically first class functions and lambdas) mix in with an object-oriented language. I’ve already got several chapters written!
I also got a new job! I’ve been pretty much unemployed (and underemployed) since July of last year (so, for over a year now), but I finally found a job! It’s an exciting opportunity, but I have to move 2.5 hours away, so a lot of my life will also be devoted to getting ready for that.
I have a few blog posts planned out for you guys, and maybe I’ll get to them soon, but don’t expect anything before I’m done settling in, early in September.
Lastly, I’d like to get my spare book copies out, so I’ll just go with the simplest way to get rid of them: ask for them in the comments! I have 8 left. Just comment below, include your email address, and I’ll contact you privately to get your shipping details. This is first-come-first-serve.
Sorry about being terrible at keeping up to date with my blog; Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is partially to blame, but it’s still all my fault 🙂 Even this new post isn’t a proper post.
I just wanted to make sure as many people as possible have heard about the latest Humble Bundle! At the $1+ level, you get Automate the Boring Stuff with Python (a pretty decent book; I’ve looked through it), Doing Math with Python, Teach Your Kids to Code, and the No Starch Sampler (No Starch Press is the publisher of most, if not all the books in the bundle). At the $8+ level, there’s Gray Hat Python, Python Playground: Geeky Projects for the Curious Programmer, and Python for Kids. In the final, $15+ level, you get Black Hat Python, Invent Your Own Computer Games With Python, and Python Crash Course: A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to Programming.
This is a crazy deal, since most of these books are worth more than $10 individually. PLUS, the money you pay can be divided however you like between No Starch Press, HumbleBundle.com, and the Python Software Foundation! I focused mostly on supporting the PSF, but made sure to share some with the other two as well. I hope many of you go and purchase some level of this bundle and help support Python and Python publishers!
Some of you may know that Apress contacted me a little bit ago, wanting to publish my book under their brand. Well all the work is done now, and the book is up for sale on their web site, and soon it will be up on Amazon!
So go add the book to your wish lists!
Thanks for all your support, everyone. If I didn’t have a decent following, I’m not sure I would have written the book in the first place.
P.S. My second video is recorded. I just need to do some editing, and it will be put up soon.
So, the original version of my print book ended up having a messed up cover. The color was off and there were strange artifacts all over. I was able to fix this, and the printers sent me a copy to verify that it truly was. Soooo, I now have an extra copy of my book, which I will now be giving away!
I’ll be doing a random drawing for it. To enter, simply send me an email at email@example.com that says something along the lines of “I wanna win!”. The last day to enter is May 25th. On the 26th, I will choose randomly from the emails, then email you back to get the address to send the book to. I will be covering shipping costs, so everything is completely free to you!
Since I don’t have a way to send any mass emails or anything to my followers, I’m going to have to require my followers to contact me in order to for them to get their free pdf copy of my new book.
If you’re a follower of my blog and want a free copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org, mention that you’re a follower and give your wordpress/gravatar id (so I can verify that you’re a follower), and I’ll send an email back with the book.
I’m sorry that you have to 1) go through the small hassle of sending me the email and 2) see this post to even know how to get the book.
Hey readers! I finally finished publishing my book, Python Descriptors: A Comprehensive Guide! It is currently available on Lulu, and will eventually be available on Amazon, B&N, and other sites. It comes in both a Digest size paperback or ebook. So, go check it out and buy a copy, if you’d like!
For my followers, I’ll work on getting the deal out soon. Also, if anyone who has a blog, podcast, or other public content and would like to do a review of my book, I’ll get you a free pdf copy of the book to do the review from! Email me at email@example.com and let me know.
I’ll soon get an additional blurb on the site’s sidebar so that it’s easy to find a link to the book.