Please forgive the brief commercial interruption. I'd just like to plug a few of my upcoming Python training classes--yes, if you must know, this is how I pay the bills so that I can spend the rest of my time thinking about the GIL and other diabolical Python-related topics.
New! Python Mastery Bootcamp, April 12-16, 2010 (Atlanta)
First, I'm pleased to announce a brand-new Python course that I'm offering for the first time at Big Nerd Ranch in Atlanta. The Python Mastery Bootcamp might be the ultimate Python tutorial for programmers who already know the basics of Python, but who want to take their understanding of the language to a whole new level. Over the past few years, I have given a number of well-reviewed PyCON tutorials on advanced topics such as Generator Tricks for Systems Programmers, A Curious Course on Coroutines and Concurrency, or most recently Mastering Python 3 I/O. Well, the Mastery Bootcamp is sort of similar except that it lasts 5 days, it covers far more material (network programming, threads, multiprocessing, asynchronous I/O, functional programming, metaprogramming, distributed computing, C extensions, etc.), and it has more hands-on projects that allow the material to be explored in greater depth than at a conference.
The experience at Big Nerd Ranch is quite unique--for 5 days, you will be completely immersed in Python programming without the annoyance of outside distractions. This makes it the perfect environment to interact with other class participants and to really focus on the course material. There's really nothing quite like it in the training world--you won't be disappointed.
March 12,2010 Update! The Mastery Bootcamp is confirmed to run and there are still a few slots available. It's going to be great experience for anyone who wants to learn enough about Python to be dangerous.
Introduction to Python Programming, March 16-18, 2010 (Chicago)
If you're relatively new to Python and want to master the fundamentals, consider coming to my Introduction to Python Programming class in Chicago. This course is aimed at programmers, system administrators, scientists, and engineers who want to apply Python to everyday tasks such as analyzing data files, automating system tasks, scraping web pages, using databases, and more. Through practical examples, you will learn all of the major features of Python including data handling, functions, modules, classes, generators, testing, and more. This is a highly refined class that has been taught for numerous corporate and government clients over the past three years. The class features a 300 page fully indexed course guide and more than 50 hands-on exercises.
My Chicago classes are also taught in a rather unique format. Unlike a typical corporate training course, I conduct the course in a round-table format that is strictly limited to 6 attendees--a size that encourages interaction and allows course topics to be easily customized to your interests. The course is located in Chicago's distinctive Andersonville neighborhood where just steps away, you will find dozens of unique restaurants, bakeries, coffee houses, pubs, and more. You're definitely going to like it!
March 12, 2010 update! The Chicago class is now sold out. However, be on the lookout for its return in a few months.
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