The point of this thread is pretty obvious! Let's get to know eachother a little better. A lot of the people in these forums are amazingly friendly, so why not chat and get to know a bit more about our community (and not just the awesome programs they design?)
What do you do for a living? What do you do for fun? Is your dog named Fido? If you're an artist, feel free to post some art. Or if you're an author, send us your book title! If you're a pornographer ... well ... Never mind that.
I'll break the ice, since I'm the one asking all the difficult questions (do u liek mudkips?). My name's AAron, with two capital A's like a boss, and professionally I do artwork and faux finishes for a living. Sadly, a lot of my work ends up being basic paint jobs or simple faux finishes, but there are some really interesting jobs that pop up regularily. Thanks to my father's expertise, I am able to get into the field and that's pretty much how the bills are paid. In my free time, I really enjoy graphic art, and have a deviantart page where you can see my shoddy experiments: eliskan.deviantart.com
I also love writing, and I play in a chat based 'Free-Form Role Playing Game' (FFRPG for short) where I will spam other players with enormous walls of text. I am hoping to develop the skill into something I can make money on because my true heart lies in writing.
And that inevitably leads to my programming interests! I started programming when I wanted to modify Age of Mythology and make my own maps and AI, which was possible in their game engine to share and play online. After making some awesome maps and bots, I went on to other games and other challenges - usually with solving how to automate a game or how to create addons. Discovered Python about five years back and I have loved it ever since. Now I write pretty much anything that catches my fancy, from fiction to programs.
Wow quite a variety of people we have here :)
@Cubbarooney - sad to hear you will lose your iPad soon.. Hopefully you will be able to find a workaround! If you have a desktop PC, there's no reason to stop learning Python. In fact it's just as powerful on a desktop as it is in iPad and almost everything is interchangeable. The only things that Pythonista has that normal Python doesn't are the scene and console modules.
@Dalorbi - Haha sounds like you're learning every programming language man has created!
@Eliskan Yeah, but it is only for the 2013 Summer. Who knows when i get to the summer of 2014. Not looking that far ahead, but odds are I won't get it back after that. Maybe I'll buy my own. And I should use the PC more, but I'm too stubborn to give up on the scene module :P
Hello all. I'm Colin and I'm 51 - makes me a bit of a grandad here, but hey ho! I studied software engineering at uni and was a programmer/analyst for about 10 years, but then moved fairly randomly into marketing, finishing up as Marketing Director for a consumer electronics brand in the UK.
I recently decided to give all of that up to become a maths teacher (I leave my marketing job in 2 weeks), and the spare time that has given me got me looking at old interests including programming. So I looked around, decided Python looked like the right language, did the course on codeacademy, bought a couple of reference books, then Pythonista and here I am!
Very much enjoying Python in general, Pythonista in particular (the drawing modules are simply awesome), and like the look of this forum.
My name is Ian and I'm 29 years old. When I was 14, I was adopted and my adoptive father was a programmer who took it upon himself to teach me the basics of programming with a little language known as Perl (not really a "little" language, just a figure of speech). I was hooked from the start and I have been programming ever since (fifteen years now, holy mother of god does time move fast!)
I have a Bachelor's degree in New Media, and I'm working on my Master's at the moment. The main languages I typically work with are all C-based (C, C++, Java, C#, PHP), and just a few days ago I decided to teach myself Python. I'm really impressed with this language and I bought the Pythonista app for my iPad (I can write programs on my iPad now, how cool is that?!). Before I started learning Python, I had always just assumed that Python was more for small projects, not for large-scale projects, but now I know that it can be used for quite a large variety of applications. I wish I would have started earlier, but I'm still young, and I learn fast. My goal is to learn every programming language ever made (or at least the vast majority of them).
I'm also a musician and web/graphic designer. I also like writing (short stories, novels, essays, etc). That's me in a nutshell.
Good to meet everyone!
My name is Nate. I am starting my emergency medicine residency. I have no formal computer training, but I'm having fun picking up the basics of AppleScript, shell scripting, and Python. I've had a few months to get a head start, but now that residency is starting, I anticipate having much less time to tinker around; luckily, apps like Pythonista allow me to write little scripts even when I'm away from the computer.
Many thanks to @omz and the others of you that share your incredible experience and expertise to help the rest of us learn. I wouldn't have started learning Python without Pythonista, and it's been great so far.
Hi, my name is Raf. I'm 27 y/0, application developer by trade, doing mostly back-end stuff for web apps. I have my roots in C back in college, then spent a couple of years doing Mainframe-related stuff before I landed in my current job where I use mainly PHP, Perl, and as of late, Python. Loving how Python stands as an excellent middle ground between C and PHP/Perl.
On a side note, I love Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, and Usher. I'm also an avid horror game fan, but I don't think I've ever finished one. I dabble in Unity3D and iOS development too.
Nice to meet you all!
hey guys. my name is Randy and I've coded with Python for about 9 years. I actually got into python because I use GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS and the vendor embedded python as it's scritpting language and I've been hooked ever since! I'm into AUTOCAD (LISP programming) and currently work in the power engineering sector. nice little program, pythonista rocks!!
Hi everyone - really cool idea for a thread!
My name is Reed. I was a software engineer on the Xcode team at Apple (and the Visual Studio team at Microsoft before that - yes, I know that is weird). :)
After about a gazillion years spent writing C/C++/x86 assembler I decided to start looking at Python about a month ago. I LOVE it!
Pythonista is a fantastic app - blown away by how great the editor itself is.
Wondering if the the new API announced by Dropbox today will allow Pythonista to get around Apple's source file restrictions?
Forty-something and living in New York City.
I got my start writing BASIC code on a 2K computer and have spent most of my career in the software industry on the business side. So, not a professional programmer. I have co-written a few tech books and have had articles published in everything from local magazines to peer-reviewed journals.
Pythonista is probably the most fun I have had coding since my 8-bit days.
I'm Dave - I work as a software engineer based in UK, primarily iOS development. I have a background in audio and music so particularly interested in DSP, audio processing and effects etc. I've been programming for many years off and on but only recently started doing it professionally.
I'm new to Python - I became interested in Python as a fast prototyping environment and for web things; mainly to supplement my iOS work, learn a different language and to offer a programming environment that i can have fun with, rather than getting bogged down with the complexities of other languages.
Pythonista is excellent. I downloaded the App so that I could learn Python - it's perfect for this. I'm getting to grips with things pretty quickly and enjoying the progress.
Hi, My name is Peter and also a granddad 54 years old ;-)
My profession is wind turbine construction as an independent construction engineer. 30 years and counting
Allways liked coding, and interest is growing since I started developing panel software for flight simulation purposes. X-Plane is the only simulator of (my) interest these days and communication out of the box is udp protocol.
iPad is excellent for panel purposes and Pythonista is, for now, the only system talking through that protocol.
So this is the main reason I joined here, but beginning to like Python more and more even if it is quite a struggle coming from coding environments that is not object orientated.
Hope later to return the help I get as a starter when others have unanswered questions.
Hi, I am R.D. (I go by my initials.) I am the granddad of granddads at 80 years old.
I first learned FORTRAN in a Statistics Department before there was a computer science department. I taught physics for 36 years and taught BASIC in Computational Methods in Physics class. I also learned a little assembly language for the 6504 chip.
I am learning PYTHON and some LISP to keep my mind active in retirement.
I just learned about PYTHONISTA and look forwarded to using it.
Forty-something living in Johannesburg.
Creative Director, designer and copywriter hitting the restart button. I have long realised that the ad business was morphing post 9-11, and kept talking about how it should change and where it should go. Trouble is finding the tech-savvy people to help bash out the ideas. So I decided to become the tech-savvy guy I was looking for. I fumble and stumble my way through the process, and with the great courses through Coursera, Udacity etc. I have managed to cobble together some Python code. Long way to go. You'll find me sucking up free wi-fi and bottomless coffee at the local coffee shops while trying to make code do stuff on pythonista.