The Self-Taught Programmer

The Definitive Guide to Programming Professionally

I am a self-taught programmer. After a year of self-study, I learned to program well enough to land a job as a software engineer II at eBay. Once I got there, I realized I was severely under-prepared. I was overwhelmed by the amount of things I needed to know but hadn’t learned yet. My journey learning to program, and my experience at my first job as a software engineer were the inspiration for this book.

This book is not just about learning to program; although you will learn to code. If you want to program professionally, it is not enough to learn to code; that is why, in addition to helping you learn to program, I also cover the rest of the things you need to know to program professionally that classes and books don’t teach you. “The Self-taught Programmer” is a roadmap, a guide to take you from writing your first Python program, to passing your first technical interview. I divided the book into five sections:

  1. Learn to program in Python 3 and build your first program.
  2. Learn Object-oriented programming and create a powerful Python program to get you hooked.
  3. Learn to use tools like Git, Bash, and regular expressions. Then use your new coding skills to build a web scraper.
  4. Study Computer Science fundamentals like data structures and algorithms.
  5. Finish with best coding practices, tips for working with a team, and advice on landing a programming job.

You CAN learn to program professionally. The path is there. Will you take it?


ASIN: B01M01YDQA
Release/Published Date: 26/12/2016
Author: Cory Althoff
Language: English
Version: Kindle Edition
Size: 6837 KB
Pages: 302 pages
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