Nvidia’s New Maxine Platform is Phenomenal Applied AI Example

Nvidia just announced an innovative artificial intelligence application a couple of days ago and it’s big deal for a few reasons.

Let’s take a look at what it is and what it does first:

Friends doing teleconference with an open book on laptop

What is Nvidia Maxine?

Nvidia Maxine is an AI powered video streaming platform for developers. While it’s the platform that provides the technology that can be used for video calls or video conferencing, it’s not the end user product such as:

  • Skype, 
  • BlueJeans, 
  • Microsoft Teams, 
  • Google Duo, 
  • Hangouts,
  • Zoom 

It’s more the technology platform that applications could use if they wanted to.

AI became a chic word that’s used in so many products and/or services today but true AI innovation instantly shows off.

Traditionally, current video codecs (such as H.264) can be quite heavy on the internet connection due to its high quality and data size that comes with it. H.264 has been great for videos that are already recorded such as online movies, Netflix, Hulu, Youtube Videos etc. But when it comes to streaming it has the quality we want at a high internet speed cost.

Publicly trading video communications company Zoom has already seen a massive surge in stock prices going up to $485 in the spot market (as of October 7, 2020) from only approximately $70 in early January 2020 shortly before pandemic has broken out ZM:NASDAQ stock price on Google Finance.

What if we could have the support of predictive AI technology that made the application require 1/10 of the data size for a very similar image quality? That’s what Nvidia did.

Zoom shares price chart screenshot from Google Finance.

At this level Zoom’s market capitalization surpasses IBM’s approximate market cap of $110 billion US (IBM Market Capitalization Data on Nasdaq: IBM:NASDAQ) with $125 billion US.

Why is Nvidia Maxine special?

Nvidia’s Maxine implements Generative adversarial network, GANs, to create a deep fake of your own self.

Basically, what happens is, once the deep fake structure is created your movements, mimics, facial expressions, gestures and mannerism are transferred through the AI powered image that’s displayed to your counterparty. Apparently this allows massive amounts of data saving without overwhelming GPU or CPU too much.

We have already been seeing funny (or scary depending on the application and from where you look at) deep fake videos surface the internet recently. This is the immature phase of a technology when it first emerges and nobody is quite sure what to do with it.

Nvidia Maxine vs H.264 Demonstration Screenshot

I believe if Nvidia Maxine is mass adapted, which it definitely might especially if it can achieve its promises like 10x data saving, this will be the beginning of a new are where AI and particularly GAN are becoming mature end-user products and services.

Given the pandemic, more people than ever need this technology at affordable rates and 

Nvidia’s AI innovation couldn’t be timelier.

Given the public activities on Nvidia’s public Github repository and their extensive usage of Pytorch and Tensorflow for machine learning applications, Nvidia is highly likely to be using Python for their Maxine streaming platform as well.

Although Nvidia states the data size savings are up to 10x on the official webpage of Maxine here. In the promotion video Bandwidth usage per frame is announced as almost 900x ( 97KB vs 0.11KB ). There seems to be a confusion here but moving passed that, 10x data reduction without much quality loss is still huge deal.

On top of data savings Nvidia Maxine also promises to convert videos with 360p quality to 720p in a very realistic way. Here is the interesting promotion video from Nvidia AI Research:

Global Internet Usage

As of 2020, approximately 4.5 billion people have some form of internet access while 3.5 billion people still has no internet access whatsoever. 

According to UNESCO data this approximately corresponds to a ratio of 55% to  45% over the global population. This is absolutely a heart-breaking number considering how much we get done through the internet today both for business and pleasure.

During the pandemic times of Covid-19, for 100s of millions of people video conferencing has been a life saver (in addition to yoga, online shopping, dark chocolate, video games, video streaming services and remote work to name a few). Unfortunately, not all of us are equally blessed with the availability of tech at the tip of our fingers. 

On the flip side though, we have some good news. Internet usage stats will continue to get better and according to Cybersecurity Almanac (co-published by Cybersecurity Ventures and Cisco), global internet access percentage will increase to 6 billion in 2022 and all the way up to 7.5 billion in 2030 (90% of the projected population of 6+ yo ).

And, although 55% of the world seems to have access to internet, it doesn’t mean they all have high broadband connections. 6% of internet users in the US and 13% of internet users in Australia still has slow speed internet. (Reference: Weforum Internet Access Article)

Internet access statistics are approximately 9 in 10 in developed countries, 5 in 10 in developing countries and only barely 1 in 10 in underdeveloped countries.

Internet Logo in Front of Store

Also, when the internet is less available it tends to be very expensive and restricted and this can be a huge deal breaker for someone trying to put food on the table.

One thing these numbers expose is that video streaming, whether it’s for entertainment, online education (MOOCs) or video conferencing, is still nearly impossible for billions of people in 2020.

This statistical contrast makes it easier to comprehend the need of innovation in video streaming and to what extent it can change lives.

Future of Nvidia Maxine

It’s probably safe to conclude that this is just the beginning. Beginning of a very powerful and disruptive technology starting to creep into our lives.

Given the potential Maxine platforms enables, it’s probably safe to assume that its adaptation will be widespread very fast. We will watch and see how thing unfold for Nvidia’s Maxine platform.

Although Maxine already has the potential to make video conferencing available for millions of people with poor internet connection and save data at global scale we can see this application going further in terms of technological innovation.

Some of the applications Nvidia’s Maxine implementation can pioneer are:

  • VR
  • 3-D holograms
  • Online News
  • Presentations
  • MOOCs
  • Podcasts
  • Suitable Vlogs

On the flip side, this technology will inevitably also be used by people with malintent and we can see a surge in unpleasant experiences caused by:

  • online telemarketing
  • impersonation fraud 
  • more sophisticated scams
  • pranks
Let’s hope that our averaged out mutual conscious as the human kind continues improving as fast as technologies. We can also do more than hoping though. Best thing to do is familiarize and educate yourself and Holypython already offers a plethora of basic Python lessons, Python tutorials and Python exercises for online practice.
 
Techradar also has a pretty nice coverage on the news of Nvidia Maxine, you can find the Techradar article here.
 

You are also more than welcome to visit our recent Machine Learning section.

Top 15 Books That Inspire Coding

Reading can be inspiring. It’s no coincidence that almost all of the high achievers are also avid readers. And by that I don’t mean speed readers they usually curate a short list that closely match their interest areas and they read the best or the most original.

I personally know many people that have been inspired while reading and I myself experienced the phenomenon while reading many books including Masters of Doom from this list.

John Romero working on Quake next to John Carmack's computer

Photo Credit: John Romero

So, since a carefully picked book can be the beginning of something amazing we’ve created a carefully curated list that might inspire computer programmers, coding enthusiasts, coding professionals, newbies and veterans alike.

I’ll try to focus in fiction or non-technical books. And as usual only bringing you the best!:

1- Masters of Doom (An epic tech story)

This book deserves the top in this list. It does an exceptional job capturing the journey of a developer team and especially two partners with the same name: John Carmack and John Romero.

There is every delicious ingredient in it that makes a tech related story enjoyable and inspirational: computers, friendship, coding, gaming, development, design, growth, success, romance, drama, failure. etc. etc.

The true-story book investigates the idea that the journey of Johns, their team and game development company id Software transformed the pop culture and pioneered the game industry with inventive ways.

David Kushner did a phenomenal job with this book and he totally nailed it after 5 years of research on the topic. Don’t just take our words for it, accuracy of the book is confirmed by John Romero on Quora. Both main characters of the book are alive and active today. In fact John Romero is known to be an active Quoran frequently contributing to relevant discussions there.

Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture is also recommended by serious tech leaders such as StackExchange founder Jeff Atwood. He has an extensive post about this book on his blog, it’s a great read and you can check it out here.

Jeff Atwood himself is very motivational and inspirational especially in the computer programming scene. Similar to Two Johns he pioneered and transformed the coding industry. So you might wanna benefit from check out his articles on his blog. He always writes about such cool stuff.

Masters of Doom

Anyway, moving on.

2- Snow Crash (A Neal Stephenson Novel)

Yet another classic. Snow Crash is very likely to blow your mind and leave you impressed for a lifetime. Some say Snow Crash to books is what Matrix is to movies.

Philosophy, theology, cognition, relations and everything revolving around computers. Also, it doesn’t hurt that it’s set in an interesting environment such as future America.

If you’re looking for a fictional book around computers and coding, it probably doesn’t get better than this.

Author Neal Stephenson is coming from family background of scientists and mathematicians and he studied physics and geography himself. Also serving Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space company you can imagine where the depth in his work coming from.

We’re proud to introduce such high quality and relevant material to our audience. If you haven’t read Snow Crash yet, grab yourself a copy and enjoy the ride.

Snow Crash

Author Neal Stephenson: Perfect blend between scientist and literaturist

3- Neuromancer (The book that influenced Matrix)

A book from one of the founding fathers of cyberpunk literary genre, we’re talking about another pioneer that likely changed the course of history here.

William Gibson now aged 72 and living in South Carolina started exploring computer related futuristic dystopia before it was cool, in fact probably before it existed. Today we’re blessed with a plethora of productions in this genre from Matrix to numerous cool indies on Netflix.

In fact Matrix was heavily inspired by Neuromancer which tells us hints about how something like Matrix came to existence at all.

William Gibson is a real literary master for creating something like Neuromancer that became the Bible of Cyberpunk genre.

Many people think if you’ve seen the Matrix movies before this will create an even crazier than expected experience since you can visualize and elaborate on the imaginary Neuromancer scenes.

Also, if your mother tongue is not English you might want to get ready for a heavy literature product that mandates attention to detail and descriptions, some of the factors that make the book so legendary. You can still have a great time by aligning your expectations or reading/watching some more primer material on the internet about the book.

As legendary and as visionary as it all is this quote from the author might give you a hint about the book and if you decide it’s heavier than you require right now that’s perfectly fine too.

In an era where Elon Musk’s Neuralink venture recently announced and demonstrated successful brain interface on pigs and heavy discussions about ideas like “transhumanism”, “becoming cyborg” and “posthuman” are taking place this classic is definitely inspirational for any programmer. Although if you’re looking for something more practically related to coding we have those suggestions down the list as well. Here is a quote form the book:

“The matrix has its roots in primitive arcade games… Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts… A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data.”

Neuromancer Vintage Book Cover
Neuromancer

ps: Neuromancer movie is in development process right now. To be directed by Tim Miller who also directed Deadpool, Neuromancer will be a huge test for the famous film director since it’s a cult with global following and very high expectations. The film is expected to come out sometime in 2021. Either way, we’re in a treat (or disappointment) so it’s a great sci-fi classic to read in 2020-2021.

Since, the book inspired and influenced Matrix movies, and Matrix is such an insane production at every level from Cast to Directing to Animations to Soundtrack, the two will definitely be compared at some point but at film level it’s really hard to compete with Matrix. We will see.

Here is the IMDB page for the future production.

4- Prey (Jurassic Park, Replace Dinosaurs with AI)

Does the idea of reading an Artificial Intelligence preditor-prey type sci-fi from the author of Jurassic Park interest you? Then keep reading.

Prey is a great novel about micro controllers going wild in a bad way. It touches multiple science disciplines such as material engineering, nanotechnology, algorithms and computer science.

As a cool side-effect you will be educated to be more cautious about dangerous tech which might be something that we all need in this era of super fast pace tech development in civilization history.

Michael Crichton takes us on a tech adventure on Nevada desert.

5- The Pragmatic Programmer (High Standard Programming Habits)

Here is a non-fiction book that directly elaborates on coding practices. This book has fantastic tips about stepping-up your professional coding game. It’s something that everyone could benefit from to gradually become a great programmer. Potentially boring but useful.

However, let’s talk about the paradox the book brings about. The concepts can seem trivial or boring to the beginner coder and make things more complicated. So beginners will likely have a hard time internalizing the concepts included here however great they are. Advanced programmers with experience will likely find most of the points provided in the book “old news”, things they’ve already learned through experience.

Still, the book is so well written and the points are so valid that The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master remains a classic in the programming world. Maybe take it as a reference book that you might take a look to see if something attracts your attention every now and then in your programming journey.

6- Ender's Game (Another Techy Classic)

Another brilliant book Ender’s Game is seriously creative and innovative. Don’t wanna give too many spoilers but just know that main characters are super intelligent children with children’s naivete.

Ender’s Game is another very unique classic that will broaden your horizons. Also as a bonus everything revolves around computers hence it’s placement in our restrictive list.

Ender’s Game was made a movie and received overall very good criticism with around 6.6/10 point on IMDB. If you like movies based on books then it might be a must-watch for you. You can check out the movie here.

7- The Phoenix Project (An IT Novel)

7- The Phoenix Project

Would you believe it if we told you there is a novel about IT operations in a company? It’s The Phoenix Project.

Although it might disappoint from the literary perspective The Phoenix Project is a brilliant book for IT crowd.

Delivery, deadlines, pressure, innovation, automation, software development, IT leadership and it’s not even non-fiction. Wow.

In this day and age it’s probably something everyone should read, IT or non-IT. But as a coder it’s definitely very appealing since some of the topics such as automation, software development and IT management are great topics to discover for most programmers.

The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

The Phoenix Project

The Phoenix Project IT Book

8- Microserfs (Irony, reality, humor, tech, programming)

Microserfs is a sarcastic fiction work about coder lifestyle. It doesn’t necessarily apply to every experience or person however, there are so many brilliant tech world references that you might feel you were left out before reading Microserfs.

Coding is a consuming field and we really get so absorbed in the computer world. This book points out these realities in genius ways. It probably won’t make you change your mind or put you off the coding track so enjoy the original Silicon Valley lifestyle that’s portrayed with excellent humor.

Microserfs

9- The Design of the UNIX OS (Operating System Fever)

A masterpiece if you’re into operating systems or you might get into them after reading this book.

It’s a well written tech oriented book that really makes one appreciate what’s going on in the computers we use for hours every single day. It will give you an opportunity to get your foot in the door of operating systems from so many interesting aspects such as design, structure, user, etc.

With a philosophical twist, this UNIX system break down offers a very interesting read for the right audience.

The Design of the UNIX OS

10- Hackers and Painters (Big Ideas From the Computer Age)

In this book, Paul Graham touches very interesting subjects in coding.

How to make wealth through coding, why coders should think and act more like painters, good and bad attitudes regarding coding are surely very interesting and thought provoking dimensions in such a technical profession.

I think coders (and scientists and engineers alike) too often face the risks of becoming way too mechanical during the process of technical formation that takes years. So, a book like this is extremely welcome to excite a coder’s thoughts.

With that being said, there are some obselete/irrelevant views of point that you can and probably should navigate around while reading this book. So, like a productive bee feel free to suck the nectar parts of this book and hop onto the next flower.

Paul Graham's Hackers and Painters

11- The Emperor's New Mind (Computers, minds and physic laws)

Wow! So, do you fantasize about AI at human intelligence level one day? Something that’s self aware and relates to its environment the way we humans do.

Then my friend, this book might be highly interesting to you. Written by famous modern day mathematician Roger Penrose who by the way worked alongside with Stephen Hawking it’s not necessarily an easy read for everyone.

However, substance in this book is the frontier knowledge about understanding intelligence and will surely help any aspiring AI engineer/coder acquire sophisticated perspectives on the matter.

Penrose interestingly suggests we need laws deeper than quantum mechanics to understand the way mind works. From the book’s description:

He is among a growing number of physicists who think Einstein wasn’t being stubborn when he said his “little finger” told him that quantum mechanics is incomplete, and he concludes that laws even deeper than quantum mechanics are essential for the operation of a mind. To support this contention, Penrose takes the reader on a dazzling tour that covers such topics as complex numbers, Turing machines, complexity theory, quantum mechanics, formal systems, Godel undecidability, phase spaces, Hilbert spaces, black holes, white holes, Hawking radiation, entropy, quasicrystals, the structure of the brain, and scores of other subjects.

It’s crazy to think about how little we understand what we carry between our ears, brain, and how it works. Maybe we should talk more about this parallel to the AI aspirations in tech society today.

The Emperor's New Mind

12- Computer Networks (Bible for Networks)

12- Computer Networks

As the name suggests this book is about computer networks. The thing is it does what it does best. If you’d like to understand computer networks and/or acquire deep level knowledge in this topic, this book is almost a must.

Author Andrew S. Tanenbaum is a Physics Phd yet he manages to write in super clear language while elaborating a highly technical topic to a very complete level.

13- The Manga Guide to Databases (Princesses, fruits and databases)

As soon as you start to understand Programming in a deeper sense you start to realize the importance of databases and knowing how to use them.

Wheter it’s finance, sports, medicine, science, research, game development or social media, there is always data involved. Database is where you keep them in an insanely efficient manner. Databases have their own syntax but luckily you don’t have to learn a whole lot, it’s pretty straightforward and repetitive. Design of databases is where you need expertise which comes with some database practice.

Anyway if you’re interested in databases, this cute book by Mana Takahashi does a great job teaching them with the assistance of Anime characters. Who said databases have to be colorless and boring.

It’s a genius approach not only in a programming and computer science sense but also from the pedagogy perspective.

The Manga Guide to Databases

The Manga Guide to Databases

14- Clean Code (A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship)

If you get into corporate level software development you might want to check out this bestseller in software testing. This will be a smart move for people who are looking to be employed at tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Uber, Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, Amazon etc. as well since high quality coding has a crucial impact in the running and continuous development of these companies on a daily basis.

15- Quantum Computing Since Democritus (Edge-cutting & Thought-provoking)

So, here is something seriously intellectual. Author Scott Aaronson is a Quantum Computing Theorist. In this book he discusses and elaborates topics like complexity, logic, quantum computing, quantum states, cryptography and time travel.

This book should be a treat to anyone looking for some serious knowledge that might inspire big futuristic ideas. You might need a STEM background either by education or practice to be able to fully grasp the concepts discussed here although author is known to employ an entertaining and informal language.

Well, we hope you enjoyed the list and discovered something new. Books inspire and literally change people’s lives. Almost every self-made and highly accomplished person turns out to be a heavy book reader. So, there is definitely a message there.

Happy reading!

We have a similarly well-crafted coding music list if you’d like to discover interesting music ideas as well.

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Music Ideas for Programming / Coding (Timeless Music)

As programming becomes more and more mainstream, I’m sure there will be a need for more lifestyle ideas in this space. You can consider this article as one of them.

I’d like to share some of the music ideas that I was able to gather for anyone who wants to explore music for coding. I can almost promise you, you will never run out of music ideas when coding after reading this extensive article. 

I say coding but I can imagine a broad range of professionals benefiting from these ideas such as financiers, quants, doctors, research analysts, scientists, business developers, accountants, entrepreneurs, IB analysts, designers, engineers. etc.

Obviously, music taste can be personal. But here are some tracks that will likely inspire most tech oriented people. You can also use some of the other tracks for relaxation or uplifting your mood as well as just plain vanilla concentration. Music really does help and is known to have an effect on the brain.

The list will be as diversified as possible but it’s impossible to cover everything. I think it’s really distracting to listen to music with lyrics while doing creative or technical work which coding usually is both of those.

Synthwave and Cyberpunk (Space & AI Vibes)

Ex Machina Film Poster

These incredible futuristic tracks are guaranteed to wake up the deadest coder spirit inside you.

Carbon Based Lifeforms – Derelicts Incredible for programming

Bunsen Burner – Ex Machina (2015) Wow.. Just wow.

Illum Sphere – Sleeprunner (2013) Legend.

Solar Fields – Insum (2005)

Rob Dougan – Clubbed To Death – Oh yeah. Give me some Matrix.

Mega Drive – Converter

Moby – Extreme Ways

Lost Years – Converter

Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow – Ava

Deadmau5 – Alone With You

The Midnight – Nocturnal

FatboySlim – Right Here Right Now

Lorn – Acid Rain

Mega Drive – Dataline

The Martian OST – Work The Problem

Cliff Martinez – First Sleep

Dying Light – Horizon

Germind – Consciousness

Mr. Robot – Soundtracks

The Social Network – Soundtrack OST

Blade Runner 2049 – Soundtracks OST

Inception – Soundtracks

Altered Carbon – Soundtracks

Dystopia – A Synthwave Mix – Another Masterpiece

Gone Girl – Ambient Mix

Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch – Sea Wall Extended (Long)

Drive – Soundtrack OST – Hella Cool

Ad Astra – Soundtracks

System Shock 2 – Engineering

TimeCop1983 – It was only a dream

Deus Ex – Highland Park Ambient

Mirror’s Edge – Kate

Game Soundtracks (Best kind of nostalgia ever)

Look, if you’re a 90s kid or a millenial or a Gen-Z, chances are high that you’ve played with fantastic soundtracks. 

Furthermore, game music is usually specifically oriented to make you concentrate on missions, so they are perfect for flow state, they have that hypnotic quality.

If you’re looking for game soundtrack from 70s or 80s, that’s a pretty premature era for game music and I’m not sure if anyone would like to listen to 8-bit Super Mario music for hours. However, even for that there might be some options 😉

Here is a fabulous list to lift your spirit up without distracting you. Subconscious and uplifting designed for concentration. Best combination ever so you can focus on creative work.

Cyberpunk 2077 – Trailer Soundtrack – Really great.

Fifa 98 – Blur

France 98 – Tubthumping

Fifa 2002 – Gorillaz

Fifa 2010 – Wavin’ Flag

Half Life 2 – CP Violation

Need for Speed 1 – Get Low

Need for Speed 2- Riders On the Storm

Rollcage – Soundtrack OST

Simcity Soundtrack OST – Perfect tunes to exist to.

Hotline Miami – Soundtrack Playlist: Really nice. I mean mad cool!

Assassin’s Creed Revelations – Soundtrack OST: This has really really cool medieval vibes.

Civilization – Soundtrack OST

The Witcher 3 – Soundtrack OST: kindda emotional

Portal – Self Esteem Fund

GTA V – Soundtrack Playlist: West Coast Heist Vibes. Good thing you chose a legal hustle in real life.

Way Older Games: Chiptune Music (8-bit, 16-bit music, Retro Samples): If you really insist in listening to this we won’t stop you either. You do you.

Attention: Some of these tunes are entering the lyrical music territory so that sort of conflicts with the logic we previously presented. However, most of them still have no or very little lyrics and, few of them are extremely uplifting and nostalgic despite the lyrics. So we decided to include a couple like that anyway.

Jazz Cafe (Easy, modern tunes)

Jazz and subgenres such as Cafe Jazz can be incredible companion while coding Python and give you that cafe/bar feeling in case you’re stuck home or somewhere without those kind of vibes.
Serious jazz music can be tiring and especially if it has lyrics it will likely get in your head if you’re like me! But Jazz Cafe is a fantastic laid back alternative that won’t distract much and still make you concentrate and feel happy.
Luckily there is an active channel on Youtube that streams live Jazz Cafe on the daily. Cafe Music BGM Channel. Check it out. They even got multiple live streams going on at the same time such as Chill Jazz, Work Jazz, Friday Jazz variations. We really are living in abundance in modern days.

Chill Hop & Lo-fi (Cool kid music)

If you’re a hip hop fan you might crave for a nice track and it’s great but before you know it you might be checking out lyrics and background stories and then binge watching Tupac – Biggie documentaries on Netflix and coding progress will take a hit. (no pun intended)

Star Trek Meme for Programming Crowd

But there is Chill hop. This genre has crazy cool hiphop vibes and they might take you to a New York park while you’re coding, again without distraction!

Here are a couple of fantastic channels that stream a lot. But feel free to do your own Youtube search.

Hillhop Music Channel

Fantastic Music Channel

Note: If you’re new to Chillhop and Lofi, the mood can vary a lot in these genres so if it’s a sleepy tune make sure to mix things up and find an upbeat track or stream just in case you have a hard time staying awake.

Darkwave, Dark Synth, Postpunk, Goth, Coldwave (Dark Music)

Dark Tunes can be inspiring too depending on the mood/timing. It’s good to mix things up anyway. There are different genres with subtle or big differences. Here are some very original alternatives, get ready for some bizarre stuff:

World Music with lyrics (Oh, but wait!)

Here is another creative idea.

If the lyrics are in a language you find cool but don’t understand well or at all then it will just blend in with the music yet you will still feel the presence of another human being.

Coding can be lonely. Which is why you might prefer music with lyrics which can be distracting in your native tongue. Listening in a language you like but don’t really understand can give you comfort and help you focus at the same time!

So just discover some artists in a language other than your native tongue. Here are some ideas but feel free to explore there are so many original options.

For English speakers: (in no order, shout-out to all of our visitors from every single country in the world).

Also, excuse us if we made a cheesy selection for your country this is merely just to give people some ideas.

Latin Music: Buenos Vista Social Club

Indian Music: Old Hindi Collection (Super cool Himalaya vibes)

French Music: Noir Desir

Israel: Ishay Ribo

Bollywood: Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik (They seem in love, lol)

German: CRO

Algerian: Cheb Mami

Swedish: Laleh

Danish: TopGunn

Turkish: AYA

Japanese: Aimer

Korean: JYP Entertainment

Arabic: Amr Diab

African Vibes: Zamina (catchiest song ever!)

Netherlands: Maan

Brazil: Kaoma

Mongolia: Traditional Throat Singing

Note: If you’re reading this page through translation you may also wanna opt in for music with English lyrics and not find it distracting.

Ambient - Lounge (Elevator Music)

You wouldn’t listen elevator music in a concert but it turns out to be pretty zen in certain occasions, such as, riding the elevator and maybe through concentrated work like coding. It brings hours of bliss and not a single vocal.

Elon Musk Elevator Music Tweet

There are so many options but Ben Pfeifer has a pretty cool Channel that’s worthy to check out. His footage are insane.

Ben Pfeifer – Lounge Music

Chill 2 Chill – Summer Mix 2019

Paris Cafe Ambience – Cafe de Paris – Voulez vous un cafe?

Parisian Patisserie Ambiance with Croissant

If you still run out of ideas after this list, you can always refer to

  • Classical,
  • Contemporary Classical,
  • Dubstep,
  • Tribal Tunes etc.

Alright. That’s it! We hope you liked the list and took away some new ideas. Focused work is exponentially fruitful. And well chosen music can increase your stamina and focus. Just because something’s labeled study music or coding music doesn’t mean it’s necessarily good for that purpose for everyone. So this list should help you decide for your own coding, studying or work music.

Enjoy yourself! While coding. 🙂

24 Movies That Inspire Coding

You know the memes about how Hollywood sees coding vs reality? I think these jokes are becoming sort of obsolete because everybody is starting to have a pretty good idea about coding. This is great.

Nevertheless, you can still enjoy numerous Hollywood classics with amazing acting or visual effects.

We prepared a pretty complete list that consist of many cool films.

Primary list includes films directly related to coding with scenes, plot, background, main characters etc.

Majority of them are also very inspirational movies. While some has incredible Hollywoodesque scenes that impress others are based on true stories that really inspire.

Here goes the list with no specific order:

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Primary List (Directly Coding Related)

1- Swordfish (2001) – Great Hollywood action flick

Director Dominic Sena, also being a cinematographer did a pretty good job directing this famous Hollywood flick. Besides an iconic hacking scene, it has a cast which consists of major stars like John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry who are all doing a phenomenal job playing their characters. If you’re looking for an action movie with a hacker main character this is your movie.

2- The Social Network (2010) – Entrepreneurship and Ivy Ways

This is a great movie trying to paint a picture of Facebook’s early stage development process. Although Mark Zuckerberg low key mentioned his discontent with the main character scripted after Mark’s real life experiences with Facebook, Jesse Eisenberg is absolutely slaying it with his performance in this movie. Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake are delivering their supportive roles quite well as well and overall we have a moving and inspirational movie with lots of references to coding, algorithms, a major, high-growth tech startup, Ivy League environment and Venture Capital experience of the founder(s). Inspirational? Yes!

Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and John Travolta are absolutely killing it in this successful Hollywood production: Swordfish

3- The Internet’s Own Boy : The Story of Aaron Swart (2014) – Coding, tech and cyber-activism

A young Brooklynite Aaron Swartz lived a phenomenally accomplished life as a programmer who also co-founded Reddit. But, before everything he was a heavyweight cyber-activist first. He co-developed technologies like Creative Commons, RSS and web.py for Python.

In this high quality documentary you can expect a breathtaking story that involves lots of coding lingo and unfortunately a tragic end.

The Internet’s Own Boy also is a reminder on the importance of taking care of ourselves mentally and physically and also maybe the importance of having a good support system through meaningful, loving human connections. These can be common struggles in many high performance professions including coding and tech.

4- Who Am I : No System is Safe (2014)From Germany with Love

Original name: Who Am I – Kein System ist sicher is probably as Hollywood as a European movie gets. Having said that it’s still different and preserves its European vibes.

It involves lots of IoT, city infrastructure and computer interaction with city structures that surround us everyday and does a great job raising one’s awareness in that sense.

Baran bo Odar did a great job directing the movie with nice cinematography and cast, consisting of Tom Schilling, Elyas M’Barek, Wotan Wilke Möhring, delivers a very strong performance as well. It’s an action flick about hacking and coding so don’t expect a true story or a highly realistic documentary.

5- Hackers (1995) – 90s Throwback computer-action flick

Anyone who knows a thing or two about computers today will cringe to the computer scenes of this movie with fake GUI. However, Hackers manages to do a great job at the movie side of things. It has a great plot, characters build nicely and acting is pretty good.

Hackers also feels a bit like traveling in time especially when computer geeks in the movie are overly excited about 28.8Kbps Macs. Additionally, Hackers has nice Retro undertones from time to time and if you’re an Angelina Jolie fan it’s probably a must-watch as she delivers a fine performance at the early stages of her acting career.

You’re guaranteed to enjoy the film and experience great nostalgia if and only if you don’t over-analyze the computer scenes.

6- The Imitation Game (2014) – A true-story about the first modern computers

Wow! A realistic and dramatic true-story based film about the Turing Machine which is usually referred as the first modern computer design? Yes, please.

It doesn’t hurt anybody that Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a superb acting performance playing Alan Turing.

Only in a couple of years, Alan Turing’s work was followed by the invention of electro-mechanical computers which employed light-bulb-like vacuum tubes instead of modern-day transistors and were eventually replaced by fully electric computers as mechanical limitations were quickly recognized.

You can see a lot about this tremendous progress in human history that led us to the tech eco-system we’re living in today. 

7- Tron Legacy (2010)Gaming & Sci-Fi Legendary

Tron is kind of a cult movie. The Big Lebowski star Jeff Bridges really shows off his acting skills in this movie. In the end we have a computer fantasy that involves so much production dedication that it actually feels like a real story. This is an amazing product of imagination, film and good execution.

Do we need to mention that it’s very retro too?

For the first piece of the sequel you can check out the 1982 production where Jeff Bridges plays a computer programmer who then movies into the virtual world. And we’re happy to announce that a pretty sound Tron 3 is in the making as a Disney production and it will also star Oscar winning actor Jared Leto. There is no official announcement about the expected debut for this film yet.

8- Antitrust (2011)A Very Entertaining Programmer / Cryber-Scandal Movie

In this movie, a successful computer programmer’s life experience with a troubling employer is brought to the screen. A very entertaining movie with programmer main characters.

Again, you’ll need to be able to look beyond the fake GUI and not cringe. That’s the punishment of a coder that actually understands how computers work and you should be happy for that! And maybe one day, directors will nail computer programming and GUI scenes.

The Net is full of scenes with computers and GUI and it's actually not that bad. Very cool Hollywood cast including Sandra Bullock make it pretty enjoyable too.

9- Blackhat (2015)Cybercrime action flick

Pretty cool action movie starring Chris Hemsworth. Adventure extends through various cool locations in the world from LA to Chicago to Far Asia. It seems entertaining to say the least.

10- Pirates of Silicon Valley (2001) How Microsoft and Apple Started

This is a very entertaining movie based on true stories of Microsoft and Apple and their founders: Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Ridley Scott and Bill Gates.

It’s fun, it’s relatable, it’s real and it’s biographical.

11- War Games (1983) – Young programmer messes up, will WW3 break out?

This is a cool and entertaining movie and if you like old movies and if you are into coding you might really enjoy this 80s throwback.

12-Startup.com (2001) – A very realistic startup journey

This is a tremendously valuable documentary for everyone but especially those who don’t have serious life and business experience under their belt.

According to some surveys 80%+ new businesses fail. And that includes mainly traditional business ideas. When you isolate startups and innovative ideas the number goes even higher.

A tech startup entrepreneurship hype can be observed in real time from its ground zero point to the end in this movie and there is so much to learn from attitude to lack of wisdom and maturity.

We hear and see so much about success stories but I believe humans actually truly learn from failure and that’s something we usually fail to observe and study.

Especially, if you’re a business major, MBA, Finance student, tech student with lots of hype or even a seasoned business person that’s considering to try something new, you might really benefit from watching this production.

Having said that, film making aspect of this film is pretty catastrophic. So, you win some you lose some, but it’s to be watched for other reasons than cinematography. 

Revolution OS is very inspirational from the open source coding perspective. Plenty of interviews with experts of CS community help you pick up their intelligent minds.

13- Revolution OS (2001) Operating System and Philosophy

This documentary has a really cool story with lots of entertaining elements. It offers lots of knowledge about Open Source movement and really broadens one’s horizons about software and computers.

If you’re into Operating Systems or Open Source it really is a must-watch production.

14- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)Coolest hacker ever?

This is a very successful and high-quality movie from director David Fincher. Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara truly excels in their acting as well and what we have in the end is a classic movie that’s very watchable.

It’s not very educative or realistic but it’s very cool to watch. 

Rooney Mara plays the tatted up (hence the name) punk computer hacker tremendously well.

Finally The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is based on the book with the same name which was adapter from the original Swedish novel.

You can stream it for free on TUBI’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo here.

15- TPB AFK (2013)Documentary About the Internet and The Pirate Bay

This documentary about The Pirate Bay and main characters behind it is absolutely awesome. There is so much to learn about the internet and so many new perspectives not just about the internet’s development in time but also tech and personal triumphs and defeats.

Definitely recommended to every techy person.

16- The Net (1995) – Beautiful and Naive Programmer

Alright, we’re in the Hollywood territory again. First let me say this is a fantastic Hollywood thriller that’s aging well just like its main star Sandra Bullock.

Sandra Bullock does a great job playing the young, beautiful and highly talented computer scientist. It’s also really cool to see somewhat realistic scenes in such a main-stream production in the 90s and social naivete and awkwardness of the computer nerd played by Sandra Bullock is probably something lots of individuals from our audience can relate with.

Very fun and exciting. Still watchable as a 90s throwback.

The Net is full of scenes with computers and GUI and it's actually not that bad. Very cool Hollywood cast including Sandra Bullock make it pretty enjoyable too.

17- Jobs (2013) – Life Story of Steve Jobs

Ashton Kutcher delivers an outstanding performance from emotional range to mannerism to looks. Some say its his career’s highlight as far as acting goes. This unforgettable performance makes the movie watching-worthy although most people will agree that there is more intellectual juice in the Pirates of Silicon Valley in this list, despite its age.

Also, again there is lots of pain, failure and sacrifice very successfully portrayed in this film. Lots of people don’t like to see that but for the wise and trained mind there is a lot to learn and appreciate in hardship and struggle.

From major league entrepreneurship perspective this is a pretty noteworthy movie though it might be too honest and maybe dull for some.

Also the film ends in 1996. That’s how they decided to do it and that’s why it’s so much more about a young entrepreneur’s struggles leading up to the Ipod’s launch which re-vitalized Apple big time and was ensued by groundbreaking products Iphone and Ipad.

18- Steve Jobs (2015) – Behind the scenes of 3 iconic Steve Jobs product launches

A great biography production where Steve Jobs is again very successfully played by Michael Fassbender and directed by Oscar winning director Danny Boyle who also directed Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting and 28 Days Later.

It’s also interesting to see that the man who wrote The Social Network and The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin wrote Steve Jobs. Aaron Sorking was also friends with Steve Jobs and this movie focuses on Steve Jobs backstage preparation and mannerism before the launch of products like IMac, NeXT Cube and Mac.

Also if you like Seth Rogen, you will enjoy his Steve Wozniak performance.

So, Steve Jobs focuses on a very short period of time unlike Jobs which focuses on 

19- Indie Game: The Movie (2012)Video Game Industry

Very cool documentary about the journey of indie game developers. You get to see many aspects of game development and if you’re interested in this field this is probably a must-watch. Luckily, this production also delivers from the film perspective. Lots of great shots and fantastic story-telling combined it makes a very pleasant watch in the game development niche.

20- Operator (2016)A very original take on a programmer’s social struggles

A very unique Indie flick that touches a very sad and dramatic side of humans and particularly programmers under the comedy genre.

This film modern and so unique and plays with the Artificial Intelligence topic brilliantly. Main characters are played by Martin Starr, Mae Whitman, Nat Faxon who really aced their performances too.

Overall a must watch for anyone who understands programming and who is wishing to watch a very original drama.

You can watch Operator for free on the free TV and movies platform TUBI’s Operator page here.

Playing character Emily, Mae Whitman absolutely slayed it in the Indie movie Operator (2016)

21- Enigma (2001)Great Cryptography Drama

Enigma is a hybrid movie between fiction and true story of WWII code decryption aspect of German Enigma codes. There are lots of intellectually satisfying scenes about the inner workings of the Enigma Machine (which is used to crack the enigma code).

It’s truly inspiring to observe the story of these first generation computers in history.

Also the film succeeds in maintaining a war tension through intellectual work without all the bombs and guns. One can’t help but realize war takes place at all levels of civil society and not only in the field.

22- Takedown (2000) – Story of hacker Kevin Mitnick

This very interesting movie about successful computer hacker Kevin Mitnick and the story of his capturing is very entertaining to watch. However there are more interesting things about it. Kevin Mitnick sues the production based on inaccuracy and false portrayal and ends up settling the lawsuit with the production company who never got to launch the film in the USA.

It’s a very enjoyable and realistic movie but yes, inaccuracy is almost inevitable when weeks and months and sometimes even years and decades of tedious computer work is involved.

A shot of the famous Hollywood Hills sign, Mount Lee, Hollywood

23- Codegirl (2015)Change coming with technology

This documentary about young girls bringing change and improvement to their communities through coding, tech and app development is very real and inspirational.

It’s also culturally rich as the stories of young entrepreneurs span from New England towns of the USA all the way to East Europe and Brazil.

You can also watch it for free on TUBI TV at this link.

24- Appiness (2018) – App development related Canadian startup comedy

This is another cool movie with Indie Vibes from Canada. Protagonist of the movie decides to develop an app and claim riches with his startup after losing his job. And a series of events starts developing as the film is rolling. Watch Eric’s tech adventure with his cool friends here on TUBI TV for free if you like.

It’s a very enjoyable and realistic movie but yes, inaccuracy is almost inevitable when weeks and months and sometimes even years and decades of tedious computer work is involved.

TV Series (Directly Coding Related)

1- Mr Robot

2- Silicon Valley

3- IT Crowd

4- Code Monkeys

Code Monkeys is an interesting and creative concept of TV Series.

AI and Singularity (Special Edition)

1- Ex Machina

2- Her

3- Moon

4- Demon seed

5- Archive

Developments in the contemporary and secluded house of Ex-Machina CS genius

Honorary Mentions (Masterpieces w/ various themes)

There are also masterpieces that deal with data or computer programming in different ways. But, they usually revolve around a larger theme that’s dramatic or philosophical. So, coding or computers are not the first thing that comes to mind yet they were too cool to pass:

  • Cypher
  • Matrix
  • Terminator
  • Chappie
  • Sneakers
  • I-Robot
  • Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
Matrix Animation

Matrix influenced so many people and movies to come after it. But what was Matrix inspired by? The answer is mostly by an amazing book named Neuromancer. You can check out this article to find out more about it: Top 15 Books That Inspire Coding.

Notable Loop Movies

Infinity Direction Signs

Loops have a huge place in computer programming. Although these films don’t involve computers or coding, it’s still interesting to ponder about loop events and as it’s usually the case: infinite loops. 

It’s almost impossible to imagine loops without some kind of coding logic being involved even if it’s a biological or philosophical phenomenon. So, if you like loops these will be interesting to you for sure:

  • Triangle
  • Time Travelers
  • Source Code
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Predestination
  • Premature
  • The Road
  • 12 Dates of Christmas
  • Palm Springs
  • Horse Girl
  • Happy Death Day 2U
  • Game Over
  • Naked
  • Looper
  • Primer
  • Deja Vu
  • Arq
  • Before I Fall
  • Project Almanac
  • The Endless
  • Repeaters
  • Mine Games
  • Inception
Inception has an infamous ending scene regarding the possibility of another loop

Technically not a traditional infinite loop like some other cool films in the list but Inception does dabble with the concept of infinity if the characters fail to follow certain procedure and actually there is the idea of nested loop with the dreams, really cool movie indeed.

Mathematics Focused Films

Finally, there are some fantastic movies with a strong mathematics concept. Yes, coding goes hand in hand with different levels of math however, pure math involved in these films are hard to pass as a coding themed movie to our audience, hence the exclusion from the primary list.

Nevertheless, they usually relate to coding in a theoretical sense and some of these will certainly appeal to our audience:

  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Moneyball
  • Exam
  • Hidden Figures
  • The Man Who Knew Infinity

Also, If you wanna see something funny, someone created an emulator for creating Hollywood-like console animations and it’s hilarious. Check it out.

The software seems to be only working with Ubuntu (Github repo here) but you can still check out the demonstration video.

That’s the end of the list. We hope you found something to enjoy from the list.

Please share if you thought this list was cool.

Also some of these movies have amazing soundtracks that works great while coding. You can check out this article about “Music Ideas for Coding“.

How to learn Python during Coronavirus pandemic and Why Python?

In this article we will try to argue why learning Python makes so much sense during Covid19 pandemic, how to learn Python and if you already know Python you can skip to the bottom to see some interesting Python projects going on related to the Coronavirus.

Rather than a very quick tutorial, this article will aim to elaborate solid strategies for learning Python that can be customized for people from all walks of life.

Make the most out of Quarantine times with learning Python programming language

Are you bored or out of your mind during self-mandated confinement, feeling foggy, anxious, and hopeless due to the current health crisis? You’re not alone, lots of people are uncomfortable with increased worries, anxiety, a longing for open air and outdoors as well as loved ones. 

Although computer programming can’t replace things like exercise, nature or relationship with loved ones, it can stimulate your intellectual mind and empower you like no other. So, stop worrying and take your destiny in your own hands; you can acquire wealth and prosperity with Python. Homo Sapiens survived way worse hardship and difficult periods in history and we’ll get through Covid19 as well.

Python is widely used in large organizations due to its multiple programming models. Software developers prefer Python because of its amazing features and applications in software development companies, such as frameworks, web applications, gaming, language development, models and graphic design applications, etc. Python is also matchless when it comes to Machine Learning and AI.

This is the era of Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning is based on well-written and improved languages for heavy tasks. Python provides high-level abstractions that allow you to treat everything as an object. You do not have to worry about memory management and CUDA programming privileges.

Scroll down to read this article about learning Python (especially for beginners) and some very interesting projects that are going on regarding the recent pandemic.

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How to learn Python?

Strategies to learn Python can differ depending on the person who is doing the learning. Let’s look at how it may differ in background categories:

Based on coding level

Are you considering those “teach you Python in 1 day” schemes that pop up here and there? Well maybe think again. For a new coder there are lots of concepts to digest and master. So, don’t overwhelm yourself, give yourself time you need to come up with meaningful sustainable results whether it’s 1 week or 1 month or 1 year. What’s important is to stay persistent and motivated and be your own mentor and judge.

Absolute beginner: This is a populated group of people when it comes to learning Python probably because Python is the first choice of many people who are learning coding for the first time due to its intuitive no non-sense syntax

In this case it can be easy to get overwhelmed so just knowing where you stand might be super helpful for the long-term progress.

  • You will be learning lots of programming jargon, logic, terminology, programming history
  • you will also be exposed to lots of syntax specific lingo such as:
    • methods,
    • parameters,
    • instances,
    • classes,
    • functions,
    • objects,
    • arguments,
    • attributes,
    • libraries,
    • modules, packages
    • keywords etc.

(Some of these terms can be used interchangeably which can be quite confusing for a beginner. So, doing some glossary reading and a little bit of online research can help you avoid so much confusion and help you focus on what really matters.)

  • coding software
    • IDEs,
    • Notebooks,
    • Text Editors,
    • Frameworks
    • Libraries
    • Distribution Platforms (like Anaconda)
    • Python Package Installers (like pip)
    • Consoles etc.
  • how to think like a programmer,
  • algorithms
  • recursion
  • problem solving skills
  • understanding errors,
  • debugging skills,
  • difference between languages (high level, low level, interpreted etc.)
  • possibly basic math (algebra)
  • Python operators
  • and more
etc. etc. So what does this incomplete list tell us? As someone totally new to programming and possibly computer science, you have some catching up to do. If you directly jump on the coding wagon you may get overwhelmed quick but if you spend a few days on researching relevant topics and polishing your programming vocabulary, this may save you lots and lots of headache and frustration down the road.
 
Programmer coming from another language: In this case situation will be a little different, you’ll likely already have a lot of knowledge about computers and programming languages so, it will be quite easy to pick up speed on topics like what IDE to use, how to debug or which structures to learn (think: if statements, loops, functions, methods, operators etc.).

Based on age

Depending on the age levels there are different approaches to learning programming and specifically Python. Basically some of the likely age brackets (with some overlap) will be:

  • Pre-schoolers
  • Elementary and middle schoolers (equivalent of primary and secondary in Europe)
  • Teens
  • Young adults & college students
  • Experienced professionals, researchers entrepreneurs, business developers, business owners, tech people, IT people etc.
  • Senior citizens.

As the interest in programming surges, there are more and more seniors who’d like to learn and practice this amazing concept. Especially Python allowed people to step in a very welcoming and convenient way, we can say it almost enabled global coding literacy and you gotta love Python at least for that. But so, a senior citizen might have more experience and resources in some ways and less experience and resources in others which can be optimized when a programming concept is being learned.

There are lots of different programming services to teach young children coding and their numbers and quality are growing everyday. Also an older adult might have domain specific (finance, logistics, data science, medical, banking, trading etc.) expectations from Python programming language while a younger adult might be exploring the technology with a higher appetite for discovering different options and techniques. 

Of course it could also be the other way around but this just shows the possibility of the need for different Python learning approaches.

Based on expertise and/or aspirations

Whether you’re a computer vision enthusiast, and option trader, a hobbyist analyzing ancient scripts or someone who’s developing an international e-commerce business, your approach to Python can be different. You will probably want the same basic syntax, structures and functions no matter what you do. But, immediately after that stage you will want to focus on specific Python skills whether it’s specific internal or external libraries, math skills, visualization skills, other supplementary programs or other languages (i.e: SQL, Javascript, TensorFlow, Keras, React, Seaborn, Tableau, )

  • Website development
  • Web applications
  • Computer vision
  • Data science
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Trading
  • Banking
  • Science
  • Research
  • Robotics
  • Autonomous driving
  • Game development
  • Art
  • Cancer Research
  • Space Travel and Technology
  • Education
  • Data Visualization
  • Web Scraping
  • Operating Systems
  • Business Development
  • E-commerce
  • Sports and Athletics
  • Genetics
  • Evolution studies
Basically most things you can come up with in our lives could make use of programming and particularly Python.

Why Learn Python?

If you are wondering why to learn python here are five good reasons to learn and practice python online.

  1. Portability

Python can open so many doors. You can run the same code on any device, and this makes Python a portable language. Suppose you have written the Python code for Windows. Now, if you want to run it on Mac, you don’t need to modify it. However, all system-dependent functionality should be avoided in this case.

  1. Large standard library

Python is a versatile, high-level, dynamic and interpreted programming language that focuses on the readability of code. Python is downloaded with a large standard library that you can use, so you don’t have to type your code every time. There are standard libraries for web browsers, regular expressions, databases, threading, CGI, image manipulation, email, and many other functions.

  1. Productivity

Python is intellectually highly satisfying, and coding is good for brain activity. With robust process integration features, a unit testing framework, and improved control capabilities, it helps increase the speed of most applications and application productivity. It is an excellent option for creating scalable multi-protocol network applications.

  1. Ease of learning

Learning Python online is more convenient than ever. Python offers easy-to-learn syntax that helps the beginners use this programming language. The guidelines provide a set of rules to facilitate code formatting. Also, a large base of active users and developers has led to a good Internet resource bank to boost the continued development and adoption of the language.

  1. Demanding skill

Perhaps the best thing about Python is its seemingly unlimited applicability. There is a big shortage of Python coders and Machine Learning engineers making python a demanding skill. Turn difficult times to a positive and transform your crisis to beneficial future outcomes.

Make the most out of quarantine times with learning python programming languages. You do not have to worry about how to learn Python as you can find many good python tutorials online. Remember that practicing with Python exercises is one of the best ways to learn Python

 

Bonus reason: Fantastic Community

So, what does fantastic community mean for the user? It means lots of healthy discussion, many enthusiasts at your service when you might have a question, abundance of amazing people and projects to follow and be inspired of, great support in every aspect, sustained growth of user base and something you can really feel when you decide to create tools, programs or scripts with your code that will be actually used in a functional way: mind blowing selection of external libraries to choose from and work with.

Python Covid19 related Projects

1. This is rather a fashion type development but it’s related to tech. Someone invented masks with partial customized faces on it. This also allows you to continue unlocking your Apple or Android mobile phone if it has face unlock or facial recognition function.

Here is a news article on Danielle Baskin’s Resting Risk Face initiative.

2. Another interesting news was when France started using mask recognition software to analyze the usage of face masks in Paris subway stations.

You can read about this interesting tech implementation by France government here.

 

3. Then the problem was that software couldn’t analyze people with masks on. Given the increasingly widespread use of face recognition technology in public places as well as personal gadgets this is a new problem as the whole world adapts to wearing face masks during Covid19 pandemic.

This Chinese company developed an algorithm claiming to identify people with masks on with 95% accuracy. Not a bad start!

4. Covid Patient Diagnostic based on CT scan and X-ray analysis with Python and deep learning tools.

Check out Andrew Ng’s tweet about the progress regarding how pneumonia was accurately diagnosed by Machine Learning as explained in this Stanford paper.

Although deep learning focuses on X-ray data currently due to availability as well as computation resources and memory restrictions, it is almost guaranteed to evolve to CT Scan analysis as hardware tech becomes stronger in the upcoming years.

4. You can also develop your own epidemic model in Python to forecast the spread. This is usually done by following a model named SIR that dates back to 1927 based on Kermack and McKendrick’s work. You are more familiar with SIR than you probably know if you follow the reports about Covid. The name comes from S(susceptible), I(infected) and R(recovered).

Here is a very interesting paper on this subject. Unfortunately it’s not free.

Conclusion

Covid19 or not, learning Python has never made more sense than now. With the magnitude of community support, freely available material and extraordinarily interesting projects humanity is advancing. Hopefully we can build beautiful solutions and tools with this tech that empower people all over the world.

Code Comes to Arxiv

Open Knowledge for the People

We are very familiar with the open source movement as coders and its phenomenal success has been entirely transforming our planet.

In the last decade we have seen open source software activity skyrocket and even at commercial level open source alternatives have been replacing proprietary products with a close development environment. This is obviously the direction to go for computer science but we are now seeing more synergies than computer science.

Open Science works with the same philosophy and dynamics as Open Source, but it covers all things science. Another term Open Research or Open Scholarship are more common in social and human sciences as well as art domains.

Papers with Code

If you are interested in Machine Learning and AI, you might already know Papers with Code, an Open Machine Learning platform that hosts Machine Learning papers with code and evaluation tables, about page here.

This might seem as a no brainer to share Open Computer Science Research with a convenient showcase platform but as we are still de-learning our old ways of hoarding knowledge it took some time for more traditional domains and entities to follow suit.

If you are active or interested in Machine Learning definitely check out the papers shared on Papers with Code.

Papers With Code is an Existing Platform that Supports Open Machine Learning and Hosts ML Papers with Code

Arxiv.org

Arxiv on the other hand is a an open-access archive and free distribution service for scholarly articles and research results founded by Cornell University.

Common domains of edge-cutting papers that it hosts are:

  • physics,
  • mathematics,
  • computer science,
  • quantitative biology,
  • quantitative finance,
  • statistics,
  • electrical engineering
  • economics

If you check out Arxiv.org each field has very interesting sub-categories and specializations. For instance, these are the sub-topics of Computer Science:

  • Artificial Intelligence; 
  • Computation and Language; 
  • Computational Complexity; 
  • Computational Engineering, 
  • Finance and Science; 
  • Computational Geometry; 
  • Computer Science and Game Theory; 
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition; 
  • Computers and Society; 
  • Cryptography and Security; 
  • Data Structures and Algorithms; 
  • Databases; 
  • Digital Libraries; 
  • Discrete Mathematics; 
  • Distributed, Parallel, and Cluster Computing; 
  • Emerging Technologies; 
  • Formal Languages and Automata Theory; 
  • General Literature; 
  • Graphics; 
  • Hardware Architecture; 
  • Human-Computer Interaction; 
  • Information Retrieval; 
  • Information Theory; 
  • Logic in Computer Science; 
  • Machine Learning; 
  • Mathematical Software; 
  • Multiagent Systems; 
  • Multimedia; 
  • Networking and Internet Architecture; 
  • Neural and Evolutionary Computing; 
  • Numerical Analysis; 
  • Operating Systems; 
  • Other Computer Science; 
  • Performance; 
  • Programming Languages; 
  • Robotics; 
  • Social and Information Networks; 
  • Software Engineering; 
  • Sound; 
  • Symbolic Computation; 
  • Systems and Control

Papers on Arxiv do go through some moderation and you have to be endorsed by an Arxiv publisher to be able to publish on Arxiv at first place. However, Arxiv papers are not peer-reviewed. This has some implications, which are not necessarily positive or negative:

  • Arxiv papers can be faster than traditional research papers since there isn’t the same amount of rigorous reviewing steps.
  • This also means they can have more mistakes than traditional papers
  • Arxiv papers are open to public for free. This means knowledge is shared freely without the paywalls people hit via traditional academia resources.
  • Arxiv papers get lots of public recognition and people can quickly start improving them, working on them or building on them.
  • Arxiv can be considered as a preliminary route before publishing through the traditional channels. Arxiv doesn’t cancel the opportunity for publishing a more complete research paper later but it rather enables a fast and quick feedback and free usage.

Arxiv with Code

Now, the news is that as of early October 2020, Arxiv implemented a code section in collaboration with “Papers with Code”. This means scientists and researchers can conveniently add the code involved in their paper directly on a Code Tab that’s added in the paper’s page.

This step might seem trivial to some people but it’s actually very big deal as it enables and encourages more and open sharing in terms of code.

This kind of practical innovation boosts overall activity and the quality of results in long term. We have been seeing it happen with open source work. Today, open source software reached a mind-blowing level.

For example, if you go to this qualifying paper: Encoding in Style: a StyleGAN Encoder for Image-to-Image Translation, you can see that under the code tab its code is published and can be directly accessible through its Github link.

ample Paper Showing Official Code Repository Under New Arxiv Code Tab

This is incredible not only for CS or AI papers but papers in all fields and branches since coding is becoming a major enabler and amplifier of intellectual work. As more and more research is expected to include some form of code work in it this is a wise move from Cornell’s non-profit organization.

Conclusion

Arxiv’s move will not only make it easier to share research code but it will also make it easier to re-apply the work, experiment the same results, contribute to the existing work and come up with improvements in a more efficient fashion that hasn’t existed before.

Also, authors of papers could have been less reluctant to share the full code work due to restrictions before especially if the domain is not directly related to computer science or software development. This new feature can encourage all the code involved in a paper to be shared conveniently.

Let’s hope that Open Source philosophy will continue to influence more Open Science work and research from all aspects.

How to make money with Python

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How to make money with Python

Python is a clear and object-oriented programming language that is in demand because it is widely used to automate Data Science functions and statistics.

Python is compared to Java, PearlRuby, and Scheme, as it helps many programming tasks, making it perfect for prototype development without jeopardizing maintainability.

Most of the programmers know how to write elegant syntax on Python but do not know how to transact their skills to make money.

So, this tutorial is going to help you on How to Make Money with Python through various tactics mentioned below.

In this article, you can find inspiration and some good ideas to get you more efficient with Python and start manifesting smart ideas about how to make a living with Python as well.

You can also check out our Exercises section to advance in Python rapidly.

Best practices to become proficient with Python

Python Exercises

Before you start focusing on making money, you should focus on becoming as proficient as possible with Python.

Python is a dynamic programming language that empowers programmers with syntax to represent ideas or concepts in fewer code lines than any other language like Java or C++.

Python assists numerous programming models, which is object-oriented. And it has an extensive library with automatic memory management, which helps in different systems.

To get a solid grasp on Python, we recommend the following exercises, which can help you understand and learn the language simultaneously, thereby improving your Python skills.

Beginner Exercises

Intermediate Exercises

Python Tutorials

Practice will make you a great Python programmer and it will equip you to perform complex tasks on diverse projects that you do in the future.

Ways to Make Money with Python

  • Here are all the methods recommended by us which can help you start earning money with Python:

Freelancing

The first way we recommend starting is Freelancing as you can be self-employed and make a living.

You can get many projects from various Freelancing websites like Freelancer, Upwork, Fiverr, and many more.

All you need is to set-up a winning Profile and apply for jobs on various platforms.

Or it can be the other way around as you can also be employed by many companies or entrepreneurs looking for capable individuals to finish their programming work.

An attractive or winning profile can get you many projects. You can also mention your per hour rate for completing the work or a fixed amount to do a particular task.

If you guys want to know more about freelancing from your coding, then here is a YouTube channel that we recommend: Clever Programmer

This YouTube channel is all about Freelancing with your Programming skills.

 

Be a Python Developer

Python developers make upwards of $100k per year as it is one of the most leading paying jobs in the business right now.

You can help businesses in optimizing statistics algorithms, executing data security systems, testing new codes, and more.

Many high paying companies are always on the look-out of a proficient Python Developer, and it always helps if you have done some projects as it raises your chances of getting the job.

 

Teach & Create Online Courses on Python

You can teach coding or create courses online on Python if getting a job as a developer is difficult for you, or you lack experience in the field.

You can create simple or advanced courses on Python and upload them on platforms like Udemy, Coursera, Code Academy, and many more from where you can get many sales, as many budding entrepreneurs and students are always on the outlook for learning how to code.

Also, if you have extensive knowledge of computer science and know many programming languages, you can become an online tutor for a Business or at a University, which can also help you make money with Python.

 

Start your Python Blog or Website

You can start your Website or Blog on Python and all things related to Python with helpful articles or posts, which will help you build your online audience, which in turn can become your paid students.

Your website must exhibit your skills as a Python programmer as it is a way to brand your expertise in the field. Also, share your Portfolio on your website, which progressively develops trust with your audience.

You can code your website or can host it on a platform like WordPress to create your blog. Lots of themes and plugins are going to make your life convenient in the process of building your website.

You can put Adsense or advertise affiliate products on your blog once you build a significant audience to make money with Python. You can also sell your online courses on the website to your readers.

 

Develop Apps & Games using Python

Take advantage of your knowledge of Python to develop apps and games to make money with Python.

Did you know that Sims 4 was developed on Python?

We are not telling you to create a video game just like Sims 4, but you can create a simple game or a fantastic app with Python on Android, iOS, or Windows.

If you need help creating games with Python, then we recommend the following tutorial:

Build Games with Python

Create Your Own Startup With Python

These tutorials are going to help you get a glance as to what is possible with Python.

 

Participate in Coding Contests

By joining or participating in coding contests, you can earn a significant amount of money if you win as many contests offer a generous amount of cash or prizes to the winners.

The various popular coding contests websites are TopCoder, Coderbyte, Project EulerHackerRankCodeChefCodeWars, and many more.

Solve the coding problems of many global customers by competing in single-rounds with many programmers.

You also have the opportunity to get hired from top developing companies if you win multiple contests as recruiters from many corporations are scouting for talented coders.

If you do not win, it can be a good learning process for you as you get to see the code of other programmers as well, which will help you learn and grow at the same time.

So, we recommend you participate in Coding Competitions.

Ways to make money with Python

Conclusion

We have mentioned here some ways you can Make Money with Python online as a programmer. And you can make a full-time income if you follow our recommended methods to earn from Python.

In the end, it all depends on your skill and determination to be successful as a programmer.

And if you follow our tips, then please share it with us which one you liked the most in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you.

Also please note that, there can actually be infinite ways to make money with a programming language like Python. We tried to provide some of the general ideas out there regarding how one can make money with Python. 

Programming languages are similar to spoken languages but they are used to communicate with computers and machines. With this ability you can come up with endless creative solutions that can make you earn money as a byproduct of your solution and service.

Women’s Coding Organizations

Did you know women make great coders and scientists? Although it should be obvious, sometimes we need a reminder about women’s contribution to our industrious modern society. Especially in a world where most developed countries have about 10-15% women occupying tech and computation related seats.

The curated list of organizations we’ve prepared in this post have a very noble common mission: bringing more females to tech and programming world by supporting and empowering young girls and women of all ages.

Did you know coding can enable unbelievable powers and dream-like, meaningful life paths?

  • Find a meaningful purpose
  • Change the world literally
  • Improve your standards
  • Open doors to infinite opportunities
  • Meet people like you and make friends
  • Build and invent new things
  • Have a career at tech moguls like Google,
  • Apple, Netflix, FB, LinkedIN, Instagram,Alibaba, Tencent, Tesla, Amazon etc.
  • Work independently
  • Work on location-independent projects.
Here is our list of most significant organizations that support females who code or want to learn coding.

1- Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

Area

Global

Age Range

All

Grants / Awards

Yes

Online Activity

Yes

Ranking

5/5

Are you a bit frustrated that many organizations serve girls below 18 years old or girls in college? This organization serves girls and women of all ages whether you are 15 years old or 75 years old.

Anitab.org honors the memory of Anita Borg who pioneered not only tech innovation but also women involvement in computation in general. They also have a vast local representation and events across the world. Some examples are India, London, Dublin, California, Florida, Austin and many other cities and regions.

2- Black Girls Code

Area

the U.S.

Age Range

7-17

Grants / Awards

Yes

Online Activity

No

Ranking

5/5

With the noble mission of training 1 million African-American youth by 2040. BlackGirlsCode already is on track to achieve its goal with some very serious activities under

Already partnered with industry giants such as Google, Oracle, Capital One and Verizon BlackGirlsCode has a strong momentum. So, go get involved with BlackGirlsCode through their cool events and hackathons and give them some support if you can.

Image: Black Girls Code

3- Codess

Area

Global

Age Range

All

Grants / Awards

Yes

Online Activity

No

Ranking

4/5

A Microsoft initiation Codess is another global organization that supports female coders. Codess holds high quality workshops and events all around the world that won’t disappoint you.
They have online events as well if variety of locations they have don’t suit you. (Atlanta, Bangalore, Beijing, Bucharest, Dublin, Herzeliya, Hyderabad, India, London, Los Angeles, New York, Prague, Romania, San Francisco, Seattle, Stockholm, Sweden, Tallinn, Vancouver, Boston, Austin, Ghana, Kenya, Singapore)

4- Code to Inspire

Area

Herat, Afghanistan

Age Range

15-25

Grants / Awards

No

Online Activity

No

Ranking

4/5

From humble beginnings to an unstoppable movement causing global excitement, a truly inspiring story itself codetoinspire empowers young ladies in Herat, Afghanistan to learn coding and develop serious projects for the community.

This makes us feel like love and coding has infinitely more power than wars in terms of doing good and transforming our world to a better place for everyone.

From the organization’s website beautiful inspirations in their philosophy pop up everywhere. For instance, check out this quote from Rumi: “Where there is ruin, there is hope for great treasure.”

It will be very nice to see such computational organizations popping up throughout Afghanistan and rest of the developing world.

5- Code Jam IO

Area

Global

Age Range

18+

Grants / Awards

Yes

Online Activity

No

Ranking

4/5

Code Jam to I/O for Women 2020 was a very exciting event that facilitated coding competition for women with awards.

Code Jam to I/O for Women brought women from around the globe together, working to solve tough algorithmic challenges in a 2.5 hour, single-round coding competition.

The top 150 on the scoreboard receives a ticket and reimbursement to offset travel expenses to Google I/O, exciting!

Although it’s an event rather than an organization we’re including it here since it will be repeated every year and you might wanna save the dates in your calendar.

6- Coding Girls Club

Area

China

Age Range

All

Grants / Awards

No

Online Activity

Yes

Ranking

4/5

If you are a girl in China don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to reach out to a cool coding organization. They are expecting you and they want to support you so, if you contact them it’s going to make this organization happy! They have hundreds of volunteers and already served more than a thousand girls and the number is growing. (site might not be accessible from the U.S.) 

Beijing University, Communication University of China, Hainan University, Zhejiang University, Xiamen, Chengdu Information Engineering University, Chongqing Club, Sichuan Foreign Studies University, Huazhong Normal University, Nanjing University, Minjiang College, Renmin University of China Suzhou Campus, Renmin University of China, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou Club, Hong Kong Baptist University, Xi’an Club, Dalian Club, Nanjing Club, Coding Girls, Coding in Nanjing, Shenzhen Club, Chengdu Club, Guangzhou Club, Hangzhou Club, Wuhan Club, Shanghai Club

7- Apple Entrepreneur Camp

Area

Cupertino, California

Age Range

18+

Grants / Awards

Yes

Online Activity

No

Ranking

3/5

Apple Entrepreneur Camp
For organizations founded and led by women.

If you’re a woman 18+ years old, committed to developing for Apple platforms you can consider applying for Apple’s very cool Entrepreneur Camp with a unique and innovative app.

On the move with a fantastic slogan, Apple says they believe apps for everyone should be made by everyone. What a powerful motto.

During this hands-on technology lab, you’ll receive one-on-one code-level guidance on your app from Apple experts and engineers, as well as mentorship, inspiration, and insights from top Apple leaders. Up to three members of your company may attend, but at least one must be a woman developer, and one must be the woman founder, co-founder, or CEO. The third member of your team may be any gender. After the lab concludes, you’ll get ongoing support and become part of a growing community of other exceptional alumni who can help you build your business.

One Year of Free Membership
Membership in the Apple Developer Program allows you to submit your apps to the App Store and includes access to beta software, advanced app capabilities, extensive beta testing tools, and app analytics. It also includes the opportunity to get code-level support from Apple engineers during the membership year.

Exceptional Community
You’ll have a network of world-class senior leaders and advocates you can ask for help in building your business and personal network. You’ll also get exclusive access to Apple Entrepreneur Camp Alumni Forum for sharing thoughts, posting questions, and providing peer-to-peer mentoring for your cohort as well as your extended network of Apple Entrepreneur Camp alumni in a secure environment.

Ongoing Support
You’ll establish an ongoing relationship with an Apple Developer representative who is an expert in your field and will guide you through app development, as well as act as a connection to Apple support for at least one year after your time at the lab.

Tickets to the Next WWDC
The woman founder, co-founder, or CEO and woman developer will receive tickets to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) directly following lab attendance to stay connected with peers, meet other women in technology, and attend a special Apple Entrepreneur Camp alumni event at the conference.

8- Django Girls

Area

Global

Age Range

All

Grants / Awards

Yes

Online Activity

Yes

Ranking

5/5

Django Girls is a very serious organization holding events globally. They had about 2000 volunteers, 1000 events across nearly 100 countries and 526 cities.
Django is a web development framework and if you’re a girl particularly interested in web development with Django, Django Girls is an incredible resource. Aside of the great Django tutorials they offer in many languages they also have mentorship programs and real world events to get together and meet.

9- Female Coders

Area

Linz, North Austria

Age Range

12+

Grants / Awards

No

Online Activity

No

Ranking

4/5

Female Coders is a great organization that runs exciting Hackathon events, presentations, lunches and dinners. They seem to be situated in North Austria near Czechia border in a small city called Linz.
They have project tracks in AI, Web, IoT and Free Track.

10- Girl Coders

Area

USA, Canada, UK

Age Range

5-18

Grants / Awards

No

Online Activity

Yes

Ranking

4/5

Another coding organization that serves girls in the USA and Canada. Girl Coders have very interesting and diversified Workshop programs in many different programming languages. Just contact and learn the suitability of their programs near you.

11- Girls Coding

Area

Switzerland

Age Range

9-16

Grants / Awards

No

Online Activity

No

Ranking

3/5

You can become a mentor or if you are a girl between 9 and 16 years old you can reach out to get support. If you are interested you can also reach out to support them. They hold events in a specific area in Switzerland.

12- Girls Who Code

Area

USA, Canada, UK, India

Age Range

9-18

Grants / Awards

No

Online Activity

Yes

Ranking

4/5

With only 1-2 hours per week after school, on weekends or during summer, you can get involved in this awesome movement. They have free clubs for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls.

Are you already in college? No worries. They have College Loops for 18+ years old university-level support and activity. This option seems to be available only in the US so far but this movement is growing fast and you never know how many countries it will expand to.

They also have summer immersion and super cool Code at Home programs (all free activities).
Are you a female looking for coding activities or do you know someone who might benefit from these programs? Go discover GirlsWhoCode! Or share this awesome website with girls you know. Also are you someone who can afford to support such an impactful movement? Consider making a one-time or monthly donation to GirlsWhoCode.
The USA
Canada
The UK
India
But you can also start a club!
Summer Immersion Program, Clubs, and College Loops. 300K girls served in-person so far and 300M people reached in total. You can also run Virtual clubs.

Image: GIrls Who Code

13- Mygames4girls

Area

Global

Age Range

All

Grants / Awards

No

Online Activity

No

Ranking

4/5

Are you into games? Mygames4girls offers a bunch of cool coding games at different difficulty levels that can really help you get your feet wet and take some baby steps towards programming.

Games can take a lot of time, but you know what they say, everything in moderation.

14- NGC Project

Area

USA

Age Range

5-18

Grants / Awards

Yes

Online Activity

Yes

Ranking

4/5

Tons of resources, search engine to find Collabs in your area and connect with many resources and partners.

This USA focused organization is very strong and offers grants, mini grants and all kinds of other supports. As of mid-2020 they have already served 20M+ girls in 41 US states across 30K+ organizations.

15- Programmer Girls School

Area

Pakistan

Age Range

5-18

Grants / Awards

No

Online Activity

No

Ranking

4/5

Another heartwarming organization is from Pakistan. Emerging markets definitely have a strong momentum in tech and business and this synergy can be felt in other areas such as education or non-profit.

ProgrammerGirlsSchool has very interesting programs for Pre-school, primary and secondary levels (elementary school, middle school and high school in the US).

Unfortunately, it’s not a non-profit organization and there are fees for the school involvement which they have to use to cover school costs as well. Nevertheless it’s fantastic to see advancements all over the world and Pakistan is just warming up!

16- Pyladies

Area

Global

Age Range

All

Grants / Awards

No

Online Activity

Yes

Ranking

4.5/5

There are infinite benefits of learning coding and we are all for it. But many people have favorite languages as well and it’s not hard to guess HolyPython’s favorite. On that note, Pyladies is a fantastic program for helping women of all ages become more active in Python community.
Luckily, they are also international meaning you can be involved from anywhere in the world. It’s an amazing community to uplift each other, answer connections, synergize, empower and support women programmers particularly interested in Python programming language.
They have one request only: Developers and aspiring developers only, please! So, if you’re interested in some other tech subject other than coding they ask you to kindly find a more suitable group on Meetup or somewhere else online.
Besides, personally I really enjoy seeing truly global movements as they enable truly inclusive support systems without any borders which tend to sort of discriminate based on geographical location. So, go ahead and reach out to Pyladies and become a respectful member of their code of conducts.

17- TechGirlz

Area

USA

Age Range

10-18

Grants / Awards

No

Online Activity

No

Ranking

3.5/5

Techgirlz support your tech events and offers lots of plans, camps and other support for girls. Particularly focusing on middle school girls, techgirlz works hard to support their ambitions in exploring and pursuing future tech careers. What a resource to discover, embrace and support!

18- Technovation Challenge

Area

Global

Age Range

10-18

Grants / Awards

No

Online Activity

No

Ranking

4/5

A global program Technovationchallenge supports girls grow in tech and empower them through learning crucial skills, collaborating and solving real world problems making strategic impact on our world. 

This is yet another impressive organization who supports tech oriented and ambitious girls. Have you been contemplating your future tech career or gaining coding skills? Well, you have no excuse now!

Age limit is from 10 to 18.

If you’re older you will have other opportunities to contribute to this movement by becoming a regional ambassador or mentor.

Ps: If you have a young boy no worries, they have an adorable family program for tech orientation.

Also, unlike some of the other organization TechnovationChallenge goes well beyond borders serving all regions in the world. All you have to do this reach out and get involved. Use this momentum and go make it happen!

19- Woman Who Code

Area

Global

Age Range

All

Grants / Awards

Yes

Online Activity

Yes

Ranking

5/5

WomenWhoCode is a very impressive organization with fantastic systems to not just help women learn coding but also make bridges between companies and coders through job placements.

1M+ USD annually up for grabs in terms of global scholarships, event reimbursements and tickets.

They are also truly global from Costa Rica to Beijing and Delhi to Guatemala.

They also have multiple events almost everyday all over the world for which you can register through their website.

If you are interested in coding you should definitely consider contacting WomenWhoCode and enjoy lots of benefits and support, they offer and make the community stronger.

Also, they have a very nice curation of coding resources regarding almost any language.

20- Women Techmakers

Area

Global

Age Range

18+

Grants / Awards

Yes

Online Activity

No

Ranking

4.5/5

Obviously, Google is pretty big on tech programs and scholarships. If you’re a female enrolled in a university academic year or at least intend to you can pursue Google’s Womentechmakers formerly known as Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program.

Young women involvement in tech and particularly programming field hovers around 15% in many statistics available. Whether it’s % of developers in Google, Apple, Twitter, FB, Linkedin, Yahoo and alikes or % of IT specialists in developed countries or % of students enrolled in Computer Science programs we see around 15% involvement which is quite low in modern society and even in historical terms.

21- Meetup Women Programmer Groups

Area

Global

Age Range

18+

Grants / Awards

No

Online Activity

No

Ranking

4.5/5

Finally, if you’re struggling to find your organization, how about finding your own group of people on Meetup? As you can see on Meetup’s map, you can find women programmer groups literally all over the world.

I can’t think of a more amazing opportunity to join and get support from like minded people near you and empower them and help grow a strong and high quality local community.
We all know there are tons of opportunities in some of the major global cities like New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Chicago, Sydney, Toronto, Montreal, London, Manchester City etc. But how about joining communities in Skopje, Eskisehir, Rio De Janerio, Oldenburg, Tucson, Utrecht and Rzeszow? Meetup can be very cool indeed.

Keep in mind it might take some hours or even days before someone answers your question correctly. So you don’t want to wait way too much anyway. Be proactive.

I’ve been learning coding. What’s next? (Python Edition)

Journey of Programming

At this stage you might be wondering What’s Next? 

It’s a very common and fair question. I’ve been learning programming and internalized all the fundamental topics so far, what do I do now?

As coding opens the doors to an endlessly creative and productive universe, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed or sometimes lost. Good news is, there are so many exciting things you can start doing.

At Holypython.com we call this bridging the gaps:

  • Bridging the knowledge gaps. and,
  • Bridging the gaps between knowledge and expertise
As you start to walk on the way, the way appears. Quote by philosopher Rumi

First of all, if you haven’t got familiar with a local Anaconda installation yet, and an IDE like Spyder or Jupyter Notebook (both come with Anaconda), that’s obviously highly recommended, it’s fast and easy. 

That’s where you will be creating cool stuff, think of it as your R&D workshop (or as the French say: “atelier“; also “werkstatt” in German and “zuofang” in Chinese).

If you must have an alternative, you can explore about Microsoft Visual Studio, another very common development software.

Robots are getting better and smarter at an unprecedented speed

The usual path to becoming proficient in coding (or computer programming) is usually something like this:

  1.  Understand and get familiar with coding concepts: (may differ slightly depending on the programming language you chose). For Python we have some good coding lessons.
  2. Programming Exercises: to make sure you are comfortable with coding concepts in point 1. We have some really good coding exercises for Python.
  3. Programming Tutorials: to observe and understand how to use those skills learned so far. We have those as well –> Python Tutorials
  4. Specialization: You might want to focus on a few topics that really interest you at this point.
    Some good questions are: What will you do with your programming skills? Who will you help? What will you solve? What subject do you love? What do you love doing?

    Some good options are
    : Machine Learning, Robotics, Computer Vision, Finance, Medicine, Computational Art, Image manipulation, game development, web development, app development, Scripting, Cyber Security, Database Applications, Data Science, Space Exploration. Technically there is no limit… And it’s okay to subject-hop in the beginning until you figure it out.
  5. Stepping in the wild: Whether it’s creating open source software or a library, reading other people’s source codes, checking out open software licenses, developing a website, app or a game, competing in machine learning

    At this point you don’t wanna be overthinking too much you wanna be really creating as much as possible. Just identify topics/projects you really like and it’s time to show off what you’ve learned a bit.

Game development is another hot coding topic

What's Next? More Ideas

More specifically, here are: “10 Next Level programming engagements you can get busy with now”:
  1. You can start exploring useful programming topics like scripting, visualization, gui and sentiment analysis.
  2. You can start building scripting tools like: alarm clocks, task scheduler or email sender.
  3. You can familiarize yourself with Data Science and Machine Learning Algorithms. If you’re keen on it try signing up to competitions at Kaggle.
  4. You can explore a very interesting topic like: Image Processing with Python
  5. You can continue with the Advanced Python Lessons with very interesting topics like:
  6. You can also start your own repository at Github and initiate an open source project.
  7. You can find a course to specialize in a Python related topic here at Google Digital Garage.
  8. You can step up your Python skills with 100 Python Tips.
  9. You can decide in which Monetization Strategies with Python will be most suitable for you to make a living with coding. You know what they say, do something you love and you won’t work a day in your life. Couldn’t be more true.
  10. If you’re still unsure, you can always indulge yourself in an inspiring programming or IT book.
Fully autonomous driving is becoming a reality and improving our lives.

Bonus: Package and Publish a Library.

It can be intimidating to put your work out there for grabs and comments. But that doesn’t have to be the perspective.

Despite the overly judgmental nature of most things online, coding and software development usually have an amazing vibe and great community with good intentions.

It’s true some people take things too seriously because they had to deal with something they didn’t want to before or they have an idealistic take on everything but even then they usually mean well.

Most expert coders understand what you’re going through as a beginner coder or someone trying to advance their coding skills because they have been in your shoes before. As the saying goes every expert programmer was a beginner programmer at some point.

Since, programming is often an independent, creative, intellectual phenomenon, don’t worry about being judged or things like that too much. Just stay on the grind and amazing things will start happening at some point (tipping point).

Recommended series of Python tutorials on packaging libraries and uploading them to PyPI:

  1. PYTHON PACKAGING: QUICK TUTORIAL & CHECKLIST
  2. PYTHON PACKAGING: SOFTWARE LICENSES (OPEN SOURCE LICENSING AND MORE)
  3. PYTHON PACKAGING: UPLOADING A PYTHON LIBRARY TO PYPI

Tangible benefits of packaging for Python programmers:

  • Helps master Python classes quickly
  • Hard to find a better debugging exercise which makes you a better programmer.
  • Encourages interaction with community, other cool coders and an end-user audience
  • Helps gain new coding perspectives regarding software development and how to code in a way that it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb after publishing publicly.
  • You can discover open source software philosophy, key people and open software licenses.
  • Makes you more confident about reading other libraries’ source codes and you can learn so much that way. This also means engaging closer and deeper with libraries in more specialized fields such as:
    • machine learning + AI
    • computer vision
    • finance applications (trading, financial modeling, valuation, backtesting, risk management, derivatives, macroeconomy etc.)
    • security
    • image manipulation
    • database applications
    • GUI applications
    • API applications
    • Web scraping
    • Visualization etc.
  • Helps gain a very serious attitude about all the computer programming concepts since it will be used and judged by an audience. This can be very helpful for advanced learning and gaining new skills.
  • Makes you feel accomplished, dopamine yay!
  • Prepares you for going big via programming in case you have a really cool idea some day. Opens doors to public audiences.
  • Makes great portfolio milestones as well in case you are going through recruitment or freelancing route.

6 Things Coding is and 6 Things It’s Not

6 Things Coding Is

6 Things Coding is and 6 Things It’s Not

1. Road to Riches. I think this is true. Computer programming is still a unique industry where supply (of competent coders) is nowhere near the demand in workforce and technology constantly evolving and advancing. 

As entities who adapt to the leverage offered by programming and tech opportunities reap massive benefits and ensure profitability, companies who can’t adapt and offer value are dying. This is a natural life cycle and nothing new, it’s just coding happens to be the new edge-cutting wisdom.

Another good news is that this trend is seemingly here to stay. So, enjoy and ride the wave. Consider yourself lucky to be interested in such a high-value, intellectual and in-demand occupation.

Mansion, palms, boat and swimming pool

2. Multi-disciplinary: You don’t always have to understand everything about every other field out there and it’s probably technically impossible. But, over the years you may realize that it really helps to accumulate an intellectual knowledge about other related fields. In fact many people seem to study non-cs fields and then really get into coding and develop necessary skills.

If you’ve only studied computer science, don’t worry either, you can always educate yourself about other fields you’re interested in like biology or finance.

If you’ve mastered in some lesser-known field that’s cool too. See nobody is going to pay you solely because of your diploma. You have to put your love and passion and create value consistently. That value can be created in an infinite amount of topics using the vehicle of computer programming.

3. Equal-opportunity. Code doesn’t care about your race, ethnicity, religion, background, gender, sexual orientation, social class, marital status, nationality, color etc. etc. It’s all about you as a human being, creative process and creating value.

Friends having fun in snow

4. Location Independent. Computers also don’t discriminate cities (or forests or oceans). If you have a computer and internet connection you’re all set (you’ll probably need a flat surface too like a desk maybe). Especially with Starlink’s satellite internet technology even the unlikely places might become suitable for coding jobs.

  • Some may say it’s difficult to synchronize with remote employees and sometimes coders might take advantage of the situation. But, I’d like to disagree. There are many successful implementations of remote coding teams (Gumroad is a great example) and it’s more of a question of maturity than feasibility. Coding is inherently location-independent and most people love it that way. Code-away in your ski chalet if you want!
Chalet on the mountain under snow

5. Meditative: Flow state of mind has been popularized by Daniel Kahneman’s masterpiece Thinking Fast and Slow and there has been many books about flow since. Almost everybody consciously or subconsciously seeks flow. It’s the state when you forget about time and your immediate surroundings and you lose yourself in the occupation in hand. To achieve flow state your task should have the perfect difficulty, it can’t be harder than you can handle but it should require you to concentrate and engage. Next thing you know is dopamine gates will open and you’ll be flooded with motivation, pleasure and inspiration.When you enjoy the puzzle solving, creating and building aspects of computer programming it can be a quite meditative and Zen occupation.

Meditative Beach View

6. Life Changing: This is a big one. Coding can change not only your life but the lives of people you help through it.Just think about Google. That minimalist page with a search box in the middle that changed our lives. If you’re young enough to not remember the search engine era before Google, it really sucked. You’d have to go to 18th search result page to see something relevant to your search query and sometimes you’d still not find what you were looking for. How much one learns through Google every single day is mind blowing and it’s only one website example. Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, Twitter, Quora, Stack Overflow… there are endless examples.

But it can also change the coder’s life directly. There aren’t many professions where expertise is shared so openly, you can be location independent and you can find so much support no matter where you are.

Coding is still one profession where you can create the next global conglomerate from your parents’ garage or dorm room, such as Google or Facebook. Good luck doing that in traditional finance or real estate.

So, long story short, you can truly change your life and other’s lives through coding

6 Things Coding Is Not

1. Something very new. Not quite. Coding has been around for many decades now and first computer programming languages are likely older than your grandpa if he’s still alive.
Modern movement of main stream coding is however a relatively new trend which started taking place in early 2000s and gets stronger every year. There has been many influential events that contributed to the momentum we have today in the programming world. (such as the book Master’s of Doom, companies like Google, new languages like Python and the accomplishments of many inspirational individuals in business and science from the tech aspect.)

To be more specific, first high level coding languages date to early 1940s. And at the low level Ada Lovelace’s work on Bernoulli numbers in mid-19th century is considered to be the first computer program in history.

43 Years Old Commodore 2001 Series Computer from (Approx. Retail Price was $3300 in today's money.)

2. Quick Money. It can be but it really isn’t! It might appear as quick money when someone comes up with a genius idea that can be implemented using Python overnight. But leading to that event usually is a long journey of coding, building, long days and long nights, weekends and Fridays, books, websites, tutorials, forums, exchanging ideas. So if you think you can always hit it big with coding, in a very short time. This is not very realistic. Therefore, enjoying coding with Python and embracing the journey will deliver those epiphany moments that makes it look like quick money.If you align your expectations you will have a happier relation with coding and specifically Python.

3. Healthiest job in the world. Look if you’re a coder and stay sharp through your old ages even, you’re probably less likely to have Alzheimer. But, coding comes with a whole lot of physical discomfort and potential injuries if you’re not mindful of that aspect. You sit, sit and sit and even with standing desks, you stand, stand and stand. This is not what human body evolved for for millions or billions of years leading up to homo-sapiens.So, watch out for your physical health, don’t forget to take frequent breaks, rest well, stretch and maybe pick up something like swimming. You might not be a coal miner or mason but still, sedentary lifestyle can have tremendous health impacts both long and short term. It can also take a toll on your mental health if you never rest your mind, not respect your pre-sleep, post-sleep states etc. etc.

Some general advises are, when things get rough slow everything down, rest the mind and move the body often. Long term, learn to have a comfortable, sustainable and joyful relationship with your craft.

4. Coding is always creative. It’s not, at least not in all cases and definitely not always. Unfortunately, many coders have day jobs that take endless hours of debugging, checking other’s code and some tedious tasks like that. This is part of the job. But if that’s all you’re doing you might wanna reconsider your coding situation.  If you’re after corporate jobs, they usually tend to follow a structure and a company spirit and no matter how hard the organization tries they are known to get pretty routine over time, not always but in a lot of cases.Usually though coding does involve some level of creativity which inspires more creativity. In the end creative process is something that you strive for and shouldn’t be taken for granted no matter what position you have.

Vintage bicycle with creative watermelon wheels

5. Coding is a white man’s trade. Definitely not. Coding shatters all stereotypes and offers paths to extraordinary level of creative possibilities to all humans and coding robots are probably on the way too! You can realize so many dreams through coding regardless of your social constructs.Since the earlier eras of Silicon Valley such as 60s, 70s and 80s things became more decentralized, computers became more affordable and computer science philosophy became more open. However, there still nations without widespread internet or ability to afford computers.

Recommended Reading:
-> Article about Nvidias Machine Learning Technology and Internet Stats in the World.

6. Solo – Dolo. Not really. Programming doesn’t require the same kind of team work that’s required to build skyscrapers or automobiles but it still takes a lot of collaboration. Especially if you’re building an advanced and innovative software it takes so much collaboration, idea exchanging, mentoring, getting help in some way. Don’t worry you can still avoid corporate meetings and geographic restrictions more than most professions.