Unlike most people out there that made New Years Resolutions to eat better, exercise, and/or lose weight I have set my resolution to be one of learning and enrichment. 2020 is the year that I am going to learn Python and Java. So far and 2 weeks into the New Year, I am 9 chapters into the book, Python Crash Course by Eric Matthes and it has been super helpful in explaining some fairly sophisticated concepts. I found this book at my local library and have been reading it voraciously.
I have to move fairly quickly and efficiently because it’s due back at the library on January 28th because other people have put holds on it. I am hoping that once I finish the book, I will begin writing some programs in Python. One of my first goals is to write a utility to add, delete, and modify users in LDAP. I would also like to do some work with Python and QT so I can write some GUI tools.
After some Python work, it will be time to move onto Java. My hope is to be able to sit for the Oracle Java Certification test by the beginning of the summer. Between having a certification in network engineering (Cisco) and a certification in a programming language, I am hoping that it makes me even more competitive. Either way, I am enjoying the self-teaching approach very much. It’s extremely satisfying.
This is proving to be a fairly easy New Year’s Resolution to uphold because I am motivated. The key is to keep the motivation in the forefront. I don’t really have a Plan B because the doors to Information Technology are rapidly closing in my face. I have an interview this week which I hope will net me something but I face an uphill battle. Even if I do manage to get offered the job, I will still continue my learning path.