About the Book
If you are reading this book you may be interested in programming for the first time. Maybe it isn't your first time trying to learn to program either? This book is very different than other books that claim to teach you programming. It eliminates a large part of Python that you simply don't need.
Even books that have "learn" in the title introduce readers to hopelessly complex topics like object-oriented programming or concurrency. It turns out YAGNI (You Ain't Gonna Need It). Why teach students topics they won't use either ever, or not for a few years?
Don't worry if you failed before, you may have read a book written by an expert for an expert. Let's fix that and teach you just what you need to get started in a career in Data Science, Data Engineering, Software Engineering or Cloud Computing.
About the Authors
Noah Gift lectures at MSDS, at Northwestern, Duke MIDS Graduate Data Science Program, and the Graduate Data Science program at UC Berkeley and the UC Davis Graduate School of Management MSBA program, and UNC Charlotte Data Science Initiative. He is teaching and designing graduate machine learning, A.I., Data Science courses, and consulting on Machine Learning and Cloud Architecture for students and faculty. These responsibilities include leading a multi-cloud certification initiative for students.
Noah is a Python Software Foundation Fellow. He currently holds the following industry certifications for AWS: AWS Subject Matter Expert (SME) on Machine Learning, AWS Certified Solutions Architect, and AWS Certified Machine Learning Specialist, AWS Certified Big Data Specialist, AWS Academy Accredited Instructor, AWS Faculty Ambassador. He also is certified on both the Google and Azure platform: Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect, Certified Microsoft MTA on Python. He has published over 100 technical publications including multiple books on subjects ranging from Cloud Machine Learning to DevOps. Publications appear in Forbes, IBM, Red Hat, Microsoft, O'Reilly, Pearson, Udacity, Coursera, datascience.com, and DataCamp. Workshops and Talks around the world for organizations including NASA, PayPal, PyCon, Strata, O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference, and FooCamp. As an SME on Machine Learning for AWS, he helped created the AWS Machine Learning certification.
He has worked in roles ranging from CTO, General Manager, Consulting CTO, Consulting Chief Data Scientist, and Cloud Architect. This experience has been with a wide variety of companies: ABC, Caltech, Sony Imageworks, Disney Feature Animation, Weta Digital, AT&T, Turner Studios, and Linden Lab, and industries: Television, Film, Games, SaaS, Sports, Telecommunications. He has film credits in many major motion pictures for technical work, including Avatar, Spider-Man 3, and Superman Returns.
He has been responsible for shipping many new products at multiple companies that generated millions of dollars of revenue and had a global scale. Currently, he is consulting startups and other companies, on Machine Learning, Cloud Architecture, and CTO level consulting as the founder of Pragmatic A.I. Labs.
His most recent books are:
- Pragmatic A.I.: An introduction to Cloud-Based Machine Learning (Pearson, 2018)
- Python for DevOps (O'Reilly, 2020).
His most recent video courses are:
- Essential Machine Learning and A.I. with Python and Jupyter Notebook LiveLessons (Pearson, 2018)
- AWS Certified Machine Learning-Specialty (ML-S) (Pearson, 2019)
- Python for Data Science Complete Video Course Video Training (Pearson, 2019)
- AWS Certified Big Data - Specialty Complete Video Course and Practice Test Video Training (Pearson, 2019)
- Building A.I. Applications on Google Cloud Platform (Pearson, 2019)
- Pragmatic AI and Machine Learning Core Principles (Pearson, 2019)
- Data Engineering with Python and AWS Lambda (Pearson, 2019)
His most recent online courses are:
- Microservices with this Udacity DevOps Nanodegree (Udacity, 2019)
- Command Line Automation in Python (DataCamp, 2019)
- AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner 2020-Real World & Pragmatic
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Alfredo Deza is a passionate software engineer, avid open source developer, Vim plugin author, photographer, and former Olympic athlete. He has given several lectures around the world about Open Source Software, personal development, and professional sports. He has rebuilt company infrastructure, designed shared storage, and replaced complex build systems, always in search of efficient and resilient environments. With a strong belief in testing and documentation, he continues to drive robust development practices wherever he is.
As a spirited knowledge-craving developer Alfredo can be found giving presentations in local groups about Python, file systems and storage, system administration, and professional sports.