Category Archives: Learning to Code

I am setting a goal for myself to learn the Python programming language in the next year. These posts are related to my progress and the educational materials I am using.

The Mechanical MOOC and Codeacademy

This post is part of a series that expands on Dave Cormier’s Youtube video “Success in a MOOC” and applies his advice to the upcoming Mechanical MOOC about the Python programming language.  Cormier breaks down online learning success into five steps: Orient, Declare, Network, Cluster … Continue reading

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The Mechanical MOOC and OpenStudy

This post is part of a series that expands on Dave Cormier’s Youtube video “Success in a MOOC” and applies his advice to the upcoming Mechanical MOOC about the Python programming language.  Cormier breaks down online learning success into five steps: Orient, Declare, Network, Cluster … Continue reading

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The Mechanical MOOC and MIT OpenCourseware

This post is part of a series that expands on Dave Cormier’s Youtube video “Success in a MOOC” and applies his advice to the upcoming Mechanical MOOC about the Python programming language.  Cormier breaks down online learning success into five steps: Orient, Declare, Network, Cluster … Continue reading

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A fun fact about Python

In the first Mechanical MOOC Python lesson on CodeAcademy, they tell us that “Python is named after Monty Python’s Flying Circus“. And here I thought it was about SNAKES!  What a relief.  😛 photo credit: Adrian Nier via photopin cc

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Words of encouragement for learning Python with the Mechanical MOOC

I think I’ll print and paste these words of encouragement from Zed Shaw above my computer: While you are studying programming, I’m studying how to play guitar. I practice it every day for at least 2 hours a day. I play scales, chords, and … Continue reading

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Learning Python with Mechanical MOOC #mMOOC

I have been wanting to learn to program for quite some time.  I often run into walls in my work because I don’t have this skill.  I am what you’d call a “power user” of the basic commercial office software … Continue reading

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Plinky: If you could take a class on something for the next two months, what would it be?

Today’s Plinky prompt:  If you could take a class on something for the next two months, what would it be? typing I am already signed up for a couple of Massive Open Online Courses. One on Creativity and a couple … Continue reading

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