Completed the Python for Everybody Specialisation on Coursera.
Luke got his 2 month vaccinations today (Luke Day 63) and was as brave as brave can be. Also the week that Game of Thrones is back (Season 7) so what better excuse to draw a dragon!
Being a QA engineer for most of my career along with my interest in programming I am particularly keen to get familiar with TDD.
Unit tests have always been a black box to me (and to many QA’s I’m sure) so it will be interesting to see how they written and where they can be improved.
I’ve got a lot of hobbies and interests and often want to do everything at once with the net result being I make little progress on any particular area. In addition I also want to achieve and go beyond my work goals.
For me this epitomizes my ‘Chimp Paradox‘. This was the main motivation for me in setting up this website and blog as it gives me an outlet to express and deal with this ‘conflict’ whilst at the same time putting a structure in place to be more productive in future.
Work and beyond
- Keep up to date on all things tech and programming (Fliboard)
- Reading (Safari Books) – see your saved queues
- Project (Data Scientist)
- Project (Java Programmer)
- Hobbies (Programming – The Plan, Drawing – The Plan)
In summary I want to…
- Keep up to date
- Read work related books
- Work on projects to build my technical knowledge in the context of work
- Be creative in your spare time
I created a new portfolio for learning paths I’d like to explore.
I think this will also provide extra motivation to succeed in my work and study when I see what can be achieved down the line.
Will blog on my experiences of DevOps in work along with progress on my personal projects
Feel like I’ve made some progress with my drawing over the past couple of years; albeit in piecemeal fashion, but looking at making a more concerted effort within the next year.
So the plan for now is to continue doing some sketching when I’ve the time and then back to complete my training on the following (strike-through when done) :
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
- Beginners Guide to Sketching
- Figure Drawing for all it’s Worth
Get this training done (December 2018) and then time to start working on some of my personal projects in 2019 along with my transition to digital.
Currently working on course 5 (the final one) of the Python Specialisation on coursera. Aim to get this done by end of August 2017 and then focus on my Java Certification with the aim of completing during March 2018.
Map it Out
Python Specialisation -> Python code on Unix Format & Coding Academy mags > Data Science
Java in Work -> Java Programming -> ‘Better’ Java in Work
Will keep learning on the fly by listening to related podcasts. Currently listening to How to Program Java
Have also created an account on meetup.com so that I can start participating in a communities to help me with my learning.