Monthly Archives: December 2014

Leveraging Tools, Modules and JSON Within Python 3

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“There is nothing more dangerous than a wounded Mosquito.” This is a quote from the Mosquito Hunters skit on Monty Python’s Flying Circus television show. So what does this quote have to do with LearnNowOnline’s new Python courses? Well nothing…except for the fact the programming language Python was named after Monty Python’s Flying Circus. See my earlier blog post on this topic

For our latest Python 3 courses, we have enlisted the help of Python Head Jordan Hudgens. I don’t know that he is a Python Head for sure, but Jordan is the instructor for our Ruby courses, and now he is sharing his Python experience with us.

But before I get to our new titles, I want to recommend that if you are new to Python, you begin with our series of Python courses with Peter Thornsteinson:

Once you have taken this first set of courses, or if you have a basic level of Python knowledge or experience, our new series of courses is for you. It is just like a moth hunt, “Well, I follow the moth in the helicopter to lure it away from the flowers, and the Roy comes along in the Lockheed Starfighter and attacks it with air-to-air missiles.” Well, not really, but here is a brief description of the courses.

NEW – Python 3: Programming Tools
In this course you will learn about some of the most important tools a Python 3 developer can use for advanced implementations. You will be introduced to high level concepts of various classes and techniques, and close each section with a practical, code-driven example of how you can leverage these techniques in daily development. Specifically, this course will start with an introduction on iterators and generators, followed by regular expressions, introspection, lambda functions, metaclasses, decorators, and more. See course outline or watch the trailer:

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NEW – Python 3: Modules, JSON and Algorithms
In this course you will learn how to leverage popular libraries and modules in your applications. This is a vital tool for any Python developer, as modules can save you a significant amount of time by providing powerful functionality that isn’t natively built into Python 3. You will also learn how to integrate with third-party APIs to connect with other software in your own applications. You’ll learn about metaprogramming in Python, an extremely powerful technique that can give you the ability to modify a program’s structure at runtime. Then you’ll learn how Python interacts with XML and JSON objects, including an initial look at the structure of XML and JSON, how to generate XML and JSON objects, and how to parse XML and JSON feeds. You’ll also get a broader look at the implementation of complex algorithms. See course outline or watch the trailer:

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After completing these courses, you’ll be ready to program with Python…and “Wherever there is a challenge, Hank and Roy Spim will be there ready to carry on the primordial struggle between man and inoffensive, tiny insects.” Yes, another pointless quote but you get the idea.

About the Author


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Brian Ewoldt is the Project Manager for LearnNowOnline. Brian joined the team in 2008 after 13 years of working for the computer gaming industry as a producer/project manager. Brian is responsible for all production of courses published by LearnNowOnline. In his spare time, Brian enjoys being with his family, watching many forms of racing, racing online, and racing Go-Karts.

 

Tips for SharePoint Site Owners

So you’ve decided to take on the task of becoming a SharePoint site owner! Before you dig in and set up your SharePoint site, there are some critical responsibilities you should consider.

First, a SharePoint site is not a fire-and-forget web site. It requires your attention and ongoing tweaking to be the faithful companion you need it to be for your business. Without proper attention, a SharePoint site will become lonely as no one will want to visit or use it. It may feel neglected and become unruly. It may even act out, by performing data dumps, bringing down servers, or becoming infected.

To help you with your new role as the proud owner of a SharePoint site, LearnNowOnline has enlisted the help of SharePoint site whisperer Philip Wheat. Philip has collaborated with us in the past on our courses for SharePoint 2013 Application Model and SharePoint 2013 Administration. Now Philip has joined forces with us to create a couple of great courses designed for those of you who wish to take on the task of becoming a SharePoint site owner.

SharePoint 2013 Site Owner: Templates
This course will help you understand what being a SharePoint Site Owner is all about, and what tasks and capabilities you’ll need to master in order to make your SharePoint site a success. You will learn how to set a baseline for those SharePoint capabilities you are likely to be concerned about, and you’ll learn the base capabilities of the various SharePoint templates as they come right out the box. Watch the course trailer:

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SharePoint 2013 Site Owner: Managing Sites

In this course you’ll learn the basics and functionality of managing your SharePoint site and site collection. You will understand the various tasks and items you need to know in order to operate your site on a day-to-day basis and ensure the best user adoption. You will also learn about additional features that can really make your SharePoint site shine. You will learn about Office integration aspects and how you can use workflows to make your SharePoint site operate as an application platform without a complex development effort. By the end of the course, you will understand the items you’ll need to operate your site, important takeaways to remember when setting up your site, and tips for gaining adoption and usage of your site. Watch the course trailer:

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These SharePoint Site Owner courses are now available, visit www.LearnNowOnline.com for more information including course outlines. With the help of LearnNowOnline and Philip Wheat, our SharePoint site whisperer, your SharePoint 2013 site will be a faithful companion to your business and loved by all. Your site users will be amazed at how well behaved your site is and will want to visit it often.

About the Author


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Brian Ewoldt is the Project Manager for LearnNowOnline. Brian joined the team in 2008 after 13 years of working for the computer gaming industry as a producer/project manager. Brian is responsible for all production of courses published by LearnNowOnline. In his spare time, Brian enjoys being with his family, watching many forms of racing, racing online, and racing Go-Karts.