What to do after learning Python Programming?

Few months back, My friend Raguvaran, introduced me his brother Murugesan.

Murugesan is a fresher and looking for learning something to get a job.
I suggested him to learn whatever he is interested in.

After some discussions, I suggested him to learn python programming  or linux administration.
He chose python and started learning it.

After some time of learning the basics, he asked me on how to proceed now to become a better python programmer.

Here are the answers for him.

0. Solve these 46 problems:

http://www.ling.gu.se/~lager/python_exercises.html

 

1. Start writing small programs yourself

You might be coded some snippets when you learn python. Using the knowledge of python, try to write small commandline applications.

Some examples:
1. A simple diary to store all your notes
2. An Address book to store/edit/search/delete address,phone,email of friends
3. Simple financial app to manage the income/expense
4. create all these using text file as storage and extend to use mysql as storage
5. twitter client in commandline
6. script to send email to all mail ids in a text file
7. webscrap a site automate its operations
8. A simple RSS reader in commandline
9. process access.log of apache and extract details from it.

GUI:
learn PyGTK or PyQT
Do all the applications you did as commandline apps, using GUI

once you are done with these basic simple applications, you can start exploring on the existing applications. Read the code and learn the advanced techniques like unit testing, Object oriented programming, network programing etc.

2. Use GNU/Linux

All GNU/Linux distributions like ubuntu/fedora/OpenSuse use python extensively.
You will use lot of python applications and you can see their code to learn from them.
Learn to use their package managers to install various packages with source.
You will be using many software and you will get ideas for improving them.

Join a local Linux Users group to meet awesome people with tons of learning.

example:
Indian Linux Users Group – Chennai [ http://ilugc.in ]

3.  contribute to any open source project

As you start to use linux and python applications, you will get to know the existing bugs and required enhancements. There are tons of open source applications looking for contributions.

You can choose any one.
Look for its website.
Join the user and dev mailing list and read the archives.
Discuss with the developers for contributing.

There will be a issue tracker for all projects.
Check for bitsize/small bugs to fix them yourself

check this links too
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/117561/what-are-good-open-source-projects-in-python-for-which-i-can-be-a-contributor

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2166322/open-source-python-project-to-contribute-to

https://www.google.com/search?q=python+projects+to+contribute

You can see the projects I contribute here. https://github.com/tshrinivasan

4. Learn IRC

Learn to use Internet Relay Chat
Join the project’s IRC channel and meet the developers.
They will help you to understand their code.
You can ask all your doubts to them regarding the project.

5. Start a Blog

Start a blog in wordpress.com or blogspot.com
start writing all your learnings.
Write daily on what ever you do technically.
Write what you learn, what you discuss in mailinglist/irc etc

6. Learn version Control System

Version control system like subverison or git is very important to contribute your code to any project.
Read the book http://www.ericsink.com/vcbe/

7. Join the User group and meet people

Python has users group everywhere.
Search net and find your local python suer group.
Join the list and participate in the meetings.
Ask questions and try to answer for existing questions.

example:
ChennaiPy : https://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/chennaipy
Banglore Py: http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/bangpypers

8. Read books

Read good python books and explore more.
Tons of books are available in internet for free.

Example:

read here http://dorai.me/resource-links/python-resources-home/python-learning-material/

9. Teach Python

start to teach python to your friends.
Reach the training centers near you to teach.
else, create video tutorials and host in youtube.com
You can find some of my videos here http://www.youtube.com/tshrinivasan

The more you do programming, the more you will get skills.
Start contributing to any open source applications
Create new applications and share them in github.com or code.google.com

10. Get projects from surroundings

Look your environment for projects. You can discuss with a medical merchant to do a billing  application.
You can contact any photographer to automate his tasks on photography.
Talk to any Hospital / Shop / Startup / etc. You will project to do.
You can charge for doing the projects for them.

It may lead to start your own company too.

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Reply here with your activities like blog and irc nick name.
Will follow your blog and give you suggestions whenever required.

Once you started to do all these, forget about the job market.
Update your resume with all these activities.
Provide your blog address, details about the projects you are contributing.
It will lead you to a job you wont feel as a job.

Waiting to see your contributions.

Wishes,
Shrini

This post can be matched with any programming language. Not only Python.
I dedicate this to all the freshers who are looking for how to start their programming career.

28 thoughts on “What to do after learning Python Programming?

  1. That was a lot of info! Hope I’m on the right track. Longing to contribute to an opensource project, but procrastinating if me or my code is really ready enough. Stepping into my final year of CS Engineering and I should start contributing atleast this year.

  2. I used to be suggested this blog via my cousin. I’m now not sure whether this publish is written by way of him as nobody else realize such distinctive approximately my difficulty. You are amazing! Thanks!

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  8. Thanks for taking the time to write this. I took programming courses years ago, but do not being receptive to this kind of knowledge (knowlege must use in order to learn), and having instructors who cared more about finishing the course for the sake of finishing, rather than actually helping each student individually, I gave up the notion of learning to program. Years later I am homeschooling my son, and at the age of 8 he is learning Python. It is difficult at times for him, and I know some of that difficulty is do to my learning the material well enough to teach it to a child, but we are getting there🙂

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  10. After Truly Finishing Learning Python, the coder will know how to do all you suggested and more, this is more of a “learn python through example” list of exercises rather than a list of things to do once one fully understands how to code and script properly with python. I could do all this stuff right after I learned what if, else, elif, and try are used for.

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