Need some experience

Tim Hanson tjhanson at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 13 22:52:24 CEST 2011


On Tuesday, September 13, 2011 01:37:05 pm Thomas Jollans wrote:
> On 13/09/11 22:25, Tim Hanson wrote:
> > I have been a desktop Linux user for better than eleven years, as a
> > hobby. Back when we still did most of our computing on desktops I even
> > set up a rudimentary server setup in my home.  Nothing fancy or
> > anything, but I was proud of it and of the fact that it was built
> > Microsoft free.  I have no formal education in IT nor programming. 
> > Retired now, my career was finance; I was an IRS field agent.
> > 
> > Since retiring two years ago, I have renewed my interest in software.  I
> > know some C and lately decided to learn Python.  I have worked through a
> > couple of the introductory texts and have a feeling for the OOP model,
> > although I won't be able to  call myself an experienced practitioner
> > anytime soon.
> > 
> > I am looking for an open source project that will allow me to develop my
> > skills further.
> > 
> > Financially, I'm set; I'm not looking for a job.  I'm looking for some
> > drudge work, where I can look at other peoples' code and make a
> > contribution. Naturally I do not want to do this forever; I'm hoping to
> > get up to speed with my skill set so I can work to more complexity
> > later.
> > 
> > Does anyone have some ideas that would help me?
> 
> This is becoming something of an FAQ - I don't suppose there's a canned
> response link somewhere ? ;-)
> 
> I like to recommend CPython itself — which is a bit hypocritical, as I
> haven't touched it in quite a while. It has a constantly overflowing bug
> tracker where I'm sure you can find a lot of fascinating problems that
> need solving. The community, I have found, is welcoming and friendly.
> Much of the standard library is written in Python, but if you know C,
> you can have a go at the C code as well.
> 
> Thomas

That's not a bad idea.  From the past I know that bug fixing is a great way to 
learn a language.  If you know a specific site to key in on, feel free to send 
me there.  Otherwise I'll poke around the Python site and find it.



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