When I started the Talk Python To Me podcast almost a year ago, I had modest expectations and more than a little uncertainty about how it would be received by the community. And honestly, everyday I’m blown away by how many people’s lives I touch and help educate in some part of Python that was less well known to them.
I get a huge amount of satisfaction spending time making Python more relevant through the conversations on the podcast. I’ve been thinking about how I do more of that.
I believe the natural counterpart of a podcast which exposes people to new ideas and inspires them to learn more about Python is a comprehensive set of online courses to help you go from inspired to empowered, from new developer to highly effective developer, from a specialized developer to a well-rounded one.
Today I’m announcing the first course and taking the first step on a journey to build this resource for you and the whole Python community.
Over the next two years, I plan to release 20 high-quality online courses that will be between 3 to 10 hours each (one course every 4-6 weeks). These no-fluff courses will strive to make you effective with some corner of the Python ecosystem including the python language, web applications, databases, GUIs, parallelism, and more.
The first course will be about the Python programming language and will take a fun and playful approach of teaching you language details such as classes, loops, variables, and more. It’s called Python Jumpstart by Building 10 Applications, it will be about 6 hours long, and will be a comprehensive introduction to the python language.
If this project resonates with you, then I need your help. As of today, I’m launching a kickstarter to make this first course, this first step on my journey, a reality.
Please, take a moment to visit the kickstarter to see what it’s all about. There are many reward levels but main one is the $29 student reward which gives you lifetime access to this first course at a significant discount.
If you believe in this project and want to help, please tweet about the kickstarter, share it with your coworkers, or even back it yourself.
I’m really excited to start down this path to build something amazing for the community and I can’t do it without you. So any support or word-of-mouth endorsements you can give me will be deeply appreciated.
Here’s a short video telling you what the course is about and why I think you’ll love it.