Author of Automate the Boring Stuff With Python – Al Sweigart
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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Al Sweigart, a professional developer who teaches programming to kids and adults. As well as being a speaker at Python conferences, he has written several bestselling programming books for beginners, including ‘Automate the Boring Stuff with Python’, ‘Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python’, ‘Cracking Codes with Python’, and ‘Coding with Minecraft’. Al talks about the fact that many jobs are attainable, despite the job description and list of qualifications required. Never count yourself out of the race. He also discusses why coding itself can feel intimidating, but that it’s nothing to be feared.
2 Top Career Tips
Worst Career Moment
Al once mistakenly deleted a vital component in a piece of software, without a backup! It taught him the value of never coding directly on a database, and to ensure that backups are kept.
Writing the book ‘Automate The Boring Stuff With Python’. The process of writing itself was laced with many doubts, but the book was worth the effort.
With new tools aimed at making programming easier, the world of IT and coding has become incredibly accessible to everyone, allowing entry to some truly creative minds.
What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?
If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?
What career objectives are you currently focusing on?
What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?
What do you do to keep your own career energized?
What do you do in your spare time away from technology?