Aminah Writes
November 13, 2022

Okay, So I'm Learning Python, Right?...🐍

My first foray into the world of software development came by way of PHP, as I was doing some Wordpress website design as a side hustle, but also because I liked it a lot. I didn’t enjoy it too much (PHP, that is), as it was very confusing without context.

The next language I learned was Ruby, which had more context since I was learning it in a coding boot camp. It was okay, but because I couldn’t grasp object-oriented programming at the time, I didn’t feel fully comfortable hanging around with Ruby.

The next next language was JavaScript, which was, and still is, where I feel most at home. I was quickly able to pick it up, and OOP was even easy for me to grasp there. I’ve been working with JavaScript since, and it’s been really difficult to try to make a home in any other language, despite knowing that it’s something I have to do if I want to grow as a developer.

So, I recently decided to learn Python for the simple fact that I wanted to. I’ve dabbled in it before, but never really sat down and tried to understand it. When I worked at AWS, it was a must to learn the basics, since it was the easiest way to interact with the AWS product line. Even though that was the case, I still had hesitations around learning the language.

No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t seem to leave my comfortable JavaScript house.

Now, working as a software developer with a blockchain DAO, I feel invigorated when I think of being able to learn Python. Somehow, I’m excited to know that I can expand my programming tool belt, whereas before, it felt more like a burden because there was so much I had to learn, non-programming-wise, to keep up with my job at AWS.

Although I'm really really learning it now because we're going to use Python as the backend language for a new product we're about to start working on at work, I'm still really learning it because I think it's just a cool language to know.

It's so versatile, and hearing my tech lead excitedly talk about it doesn't hurt either.

The two and a half resources I'm using to learn are the following:

Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science - for theoretical knowledge with some hands-on practice; an overall picture of Python and all its use-cases with a comp-sci flavoring - for more interactive learning; more geared for backend work

Real Python - the half part, because it's mostly tips and tricks to get deeper into the programming language

So far, it's been really good! My only concern is that I don't spend as much time on my JavaScript continued education, which I hope irons itself out naturally as I become more comfortable with Python.

I'll keep y'all updated.

∞ Aminah