PragProg’s Medium Posts

Miki Tebeka, author of #book-python-brain-teasers has written an article on Python’s Attribute Lookup on Medium to give you a taste of what you will find in the book.

Miki’s books are all part of the final Spring sale where you can save 50% off through June 2 with code SpringSecondChance2021 on the Pragmatic Bookshelf site. (Offer not valid on prior purchases.

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Ed Burnette, author of Hello, Android (4th Edition) has a new article on Medium called
My Zombie: Harnessing Your Untapped Potential.
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You can also read Hello Android and most other in-print books from PragProg directly on Medium (with an annual subscription). Very recent titles won’t be there, as we wait until the print version has been out for at least 3 months before posting the book as a series of Medium articles.

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Mike Riley has an article on Medium about how to set up your workspace so that you can work from bed for maximum comfort. He also hints at some topics in his upcoming book, Portable Python Projects: Run Your Home on a Raspberry Pi for which the first beta is due out June 10 (so stay tuned).

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Staffan Nöteberg @staffannoteberg wrote an article for us about monotasking, which is also the topic of his new book with S&S. The Pomodoro Technique, Staffan’s book with The Pragmatic Bookshelf, has become an all-time classic, and even more relevant these days with everyone working from home.

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Mike Riley, author of Portable Python Projects, #book-portable-python-projects, has a new article out called “Frozen Pi”, which is a quick project for using a Pi Pico microprocessor. It’s quick, it’s fun, so have a read.

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Ricardo Gerardi @rgerardi has a new article out on Configuring Vim to Develop Go Programs. He gives you setup instructions and shortcuts for working more effectively. Check out the article and leave a comment if you use VIM + Go to tell readers about your experience.

Ricardo is the author of Powerful Command Line Applications in Go #book-powerful-command-line-applications-in-go with The Pragmatic Bookshelf. There’s a coupon code with Ricardo’s article that saves you 35% on the book.

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Herbert Wolverson @herbert has a new article on Medium about getting started with Rust game development where he talks about the available engines and cool things people are building, including the author’s own Nox Futura game where you are an AI trying to keep colonists alive on a new planet.

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Strangely, that plot is very similar to a book series I just finished by J.N. Chaney called Orion Colony (very good).

There’s also a promo code available for his book with the Medium article, which is available now in ebook format and will be in print later in June. If you are holding out for the print book, please support your local independent bookstore – they can order any book that PragProg publishes for you.

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This article is hot! Python’s Attribute Lookup already has 1.5K views, about 3x the average!

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Hot off the press this morning, David Muller @davidmuller gives 3 shortcuts for improving your Python code. His book, Intuitive Python, was just published by The Pragmatic Bookshelf. There’s a promo code at the end of the article if you’d like to check it out.

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Staffan Nöteberg’s latest article on Medium is about time pressure, which he talks about in his new book from S&S on Monotasking.

Staffan’s book with The Pragmatic Bookshelf, The Pomodoro Technique Illustrated, has become a classic for programmers and for anyone who needs a method to create focus and increase productivity.
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Almost anything around you is a network — even recipes and their ingredients. All you need is to start seeing their nodes and edges!

Dmitry Zinoviev @aqsaqal talks about seeing the world through the lens of data science in this article:

Bonus: This really is my grandmother’s one bowl brownie recipe used as one of the images in the article:

Dmitry’s books:

Complex Network Analysis in Python (PragProg)

Resourceful Code Reuse (PragProg)

Data Science Essentials in Python (PragProg)

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Ken Kousen @kenkousen tells us how the popular show, Hacks, does (and doesn’t) mirror life when it comes to business relationships in this Medium article:

Pick up the beta version of his book, Help Your Boss Help You for practical advice on how to make the complex relationship of manager/employee work.

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The latest Medium article is from me @Margaret on our Python offerings:

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Find out why technical writing should matter to you as a developer in part one of this two part article from Sophie DeBenadetto @SophieDeBenedetto, co-author of Programming Phoenix Liveview #book-programming-phoenix-liveview:

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Ken Kousen @kenkousen shares a simple plan for answering open-ended questions with potentially complex answers that managers throw at you out of the blue. The template in this Medium article offers a level-headed approach you can use with confidence:

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Today on Medium we have a brain teaser from @tebeka Miki Tebeka on truth and floating points in Python:

Truth and Floating Point Woes

You’ll also find savings on all of Miki’s Brain Teaser books, including this one:

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Optional chaining is a fairly new syntax change that pulls data from an object as you would with standard dot notation. The big difference is that if a property doesn’t exist, optional chaining will safely returnundefined instead of throwing an exception. Joe Morgan, author of Simplifying JavaScript, explains in this Medium article:

The article also offers a promo code for Joe’s book:

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Author Mark Kilby, @markkilby, has been talking about working remotely with Agile teams for years. His book with Johanna Rothman, @jrothman, From Chaos to Distributed Agile Teams was published in May 2019, before the pandemic hit and remote work became the focus of everyone’s attention. In today’s Medium article, Mark Kilby talks about something that happened with remote work during 2020 that you may have missed: The Remote Agile Framework also known as Remote:AF.

The book (read the article for a promo code):

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Have fun and learn a little something about network science as you model the UEFA Euro 2020 championship in Python and then (in part II) simulate it. Dmitry Zinoviev (@aqsaqal) is your guide in this Medium article:

You will also find a promo code for all three of his books, Complex Network Analysis in Python, Data Science Essentials in Python, and Resourceful Code Reuse.

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