Python lists, dicts, and functions for JavaScript engineers

I’ve been getting really into Python. There’s been times in the past where I’ve dabbled or built things in Python but something about this recent “build a microservice” project at work has inspired me to learn more and increase my expertise. That project has since left my team’s hands due to sudden company restructuring but I feel happy to pursue the world of Python in my own time for now. Here’s even more things I’ve learned.

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7 Python basics for JavaScript engineers

I’ll be honest. My main expertise and experience is in JavaScript with Node and frontend frameworks like React. I took a Python Introduction to Computer Science course through EdX a few years back and have only really needed to use it sporadically since then. That all changed two weeks ago when a new project started at work. My team was tasked with rapidly getting ramped up on Python and writing a new back-end service in the language.

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Review: Ultralearning by Scott Young

Contrasting with Jonathon Levi’s course on SuperLearning reviewed here, this book written by Scott Young is more grounded in the scientific literature and state of knowledge in the field of learning rather than a collection of tricks. I thought the book was well-written and offered practical advice on how to learn more efficiently. But don’t expect to be a super human after reading about the 9 main concepts covered by the book:

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How to programmatically open a new terminal tab or window

I stumbled across this while trying to calculate some configuration options and open multiple terminal windows at once to run multiple Node services.

There are two ways to programmatically open a new terminal window or tab on a mac, depending on whether or not you use iTerm or the default Terminal program. I’ll share both, with a brief explanation on how it works.

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