Welcome to the Pythonista Planet Resources page.
My goal on this page is to recommend the best resources and tools I can put together. Most of these are stuff that I use. Some of the links given below are affiliate links.
These are some of the technical and career-related books I’ve used to advance my skills in software development.
- Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn and Tensorflow
- Learn Python The Hard Way
- Soft Skills- The Software Developer’s Life Manual (by John Sonmez)
- The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide (by John Sonmez)
- The Clean Coder (by Robert C. Martin aka “Uncle Bob”)
You can also download the free eBooks that I have created on various programming languages and topics. Click here to download them.
A Programming Story Book for Kids & Beginners
For most of us, learning a programming language from a technical book is boring. But what if we have a book that teaches programming in the form of a story? “A Day in Code” by Shari Eskenas is a book that teaches Python programming through an illustrated story. The book contains a lot of pictures and simple Python programs related to the storyline.
It is a great book for kids and absolute beginners to learn Python programming. If you’re interested, check it out on Amazon.
Software Development Tools
These are some of the code editors and tools that I use for coding.
- Visual Studio Code (currently I use this IDE for coding)
- Repl.it (Online editor for coding)
- Oracle Live SQL (for running SQL queries online)
- Python IDLE
- Jupyter Notebook (For coding related to data science)
- XAMPP (to build PHP websites on the local server)
- Eclipse Neon (for Java projects)
- Apache Tomcat (to build Java websites on the local server)
- Git (for version control)
- Heroku (to deploy websites and web apps for free)
- Software Development Desk Accessories
- Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit
- Dell Latitude 3400 i5 (The laptop that I’m using currently)
I’ve done some research to find out the best courses available online for learning various technologies. Here are my recommendations:
- Python (Udemy)
- Programming (Udemy)
- Data Science (Coursera)
- Machine Learning
- Web Development (Udemy)
- Front-End Web Development (Udemy)
- Java (Udemy)
- Team TreeHouse
Python One-To-One Sessions
If you’re looking for learning Python directly from someone who knows the language well, then I would suggest you check out PlusOneTuition. This website provides one-to-one Python sessions starting from scratch to advanced-level programming. If you’re interested, give it a try and schedule a demo session. See if it works for you and then you can decide whether to go for paid sessions or not.
While you sign up, use the code “Pythonista Planet” (in the input field that asks “Where did you find this website?”) to get a 10% discount on the price. Click on this link and sign up for a free Python demo class.
Python Course In Malayalam
If you’re from Kerala (which is where I’m from), I want you to know about a great Python course in Malayalam. “The Python Programming Masterclass” is a fantastic course to learn Python in your native language itself. This course was created by Mishel, who is my friend and the founder of Geekinsta. Click here to check it out if you’re interested.
These are the platforms I recommend for doing freelance work.
These are some of the tools that I use for blogging.
- Cloudways (For WordPress hosting)
- Grammarly (For checking grammar and other mistakes while writing)
- Canva (for creating graphics and images)
- Ezoic (Ad Network)
- Payoneer or PayPal (for receiving international payments)
Even though I’m not an avid reader at the moment, I try to read non-technical books, especially self-development books when I get time. I only buy books that are having high-rating and good reviews. Most of these books are suggested to me by some YouTubers or someone I trust regarding that corresponding topic. In short, these books are absolute gems!
- The Millionaire FastLane by MJ Demarco (Personal Finance)
- Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (Personal Finance)
- Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari (Human History)
- Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins (Self Development/Mindset)
- As A Man Thinketh by James Allen
- The E-myth Revisited by Michael E.Gerber (Business)
- Work Energy by Jim Harmer (Internet Marketing/Business)
- The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris (Business/Finance)
I have a bucket list of more than 100 books and I don’t think I’ll ever read all of them. But, I’ll try to buy the paperback versions one by one or use Audible to listen to the audiobook version or go through the book summary using podcasts/YouTube channels like 2000 Books, One Percent Better, etc.
Audible for Audiobooks
Amazon Audible is a great platform for listening to amazing audiobooks. You’ll be able to find almost all books in audio format on Audible. Click here to sign up for a free trial, and you’ll get two audiobooks for free if you sign up before the offer ends.
You can choose any of the books that I’ve mentioned above to start with. I think you’ll listening t audiobooks or podcasts is a great habit that will benefit you.
Kindle for eBooks
If physical books or eBooks are not your things, you can try out Amazon Kindle where you can get digital copies of all books. Click here to try a 30-day free trial of Amazon Kindle.
And Finally, Some Random Pictures…
Here are a few pictures of the resources that I use.