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Walk into any bookstore, and you'll see how to Teach Yourself Java in 24 Hours alongside endless variations offering to teach C, SQL, Ruby, Algorithms, and so on in a few days or hours.
The Amazon advanced search for [ title: Of the top ten, nine are programming books the other is about bookkeeping. Similar results come from replacing "teach yourself" with "learn" or "hours" with "days.
Idiots can learn it in 21 days, even if they are dummies. In 24 hours you won't have time to write several significant programs, and learn from your successes and failures with them. In short, you won't have time to learn much. So the book can only be talking about a superficial familiarity, not a deep understanding.
As Alexander Pope said, a little learning is a dangerous thing. So what's the point? Alan Perlis once said: But then you're not learning how to program; you're learning to accomplish that task. Unfortunately, this is not enough, as the next section shows. The key is deliberative practice: There appear to be no real shortcuts: In another genre, the Beatles seemed to burst onto the scene with a string of 1 hits and an appearance on the Ed Sullivan show in But they had been playing small clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg sinceand while they had mass appeal early on, their first great critical success, Sgt.
Peppers, was released in Malcolm Gladwell has popularized the idea, although he concentrates on 10, hours, not 10 years. Henri Cartier-Bresson had another metric: True expertise may take a lifetime: Samuel Johnson said "Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price.
Anders Ericsson puts it, "In most domains it's remarkable how much time even the most talented individuals need in order to reach the highest levels of performance. The 10, hour number just gives you a sense that we're talking years of 10 to 20 hours a week which those who some people would argue are the most innately talented individuals still need to get to the highest level.
Get interested in programming, and do some because it is fun. The best kind of learning is learning by doing.
To put it more technically, "the maximal level of performance for individuals in a given domain is not attained automatically as a function of extended experience, but the level of performance can be increased even by highly experienced individuals as a result of deliberate efforts to improve.
Mind, Mathematics, and Culture in Everyday Life is an interesting reference for this viewpoint. Talk with other programmers; read other programs. This is more important than any book or training course.
If you want, put in four years at a college or more at a graduate school. This will give you access to some jobs that require credentials, and it will give you a deeper understanding of the field, but if you don't enjoy school, you can with some dedication get similar experience on your own or on the job.
In any case, book learning alone won't be enough. One of the best programmers I ever hired had only a High School degree; he's produced a lot of great softwarehas his own news groupand made enough in stock options to buy his own nightclub.
Work on projects with other programmers. Be the best programmer on some projects; be the worst on some others. When you're the best, you get to test your abilities to lead a project, and to inspire others with your vision.
When you're the worst, you learn what the masters do, and you learn what they don't like to do because they make you do it for them.Purpose of this Collection. This collection is a presentation of fairly small Python programs.
They are aimed at intermediate programmers; people who have studied Python and are fairly comfortable with basic recursion and object oriented techniques.
python-chess: a pure Python chess library Introduction python-chess is a pure Python chess library with move generation, move validation and support for common formats.
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CONTENTS iii The break statement The goto Statement. When people see that we use and recommend the name GNU/Linux for a system that many others call just “Linux”, they ask many questions.
Here are common questions, and our answers. You can choose pygame which is a game engine for python or you can build up an web interface to make playing chess possible.
Alternatively you could write a command line tool to play chess with dumping the current positions of the figures to the command line.