For a long time I have heard that The Pragmatic Programmer is considered required reading as a developer. For whatever reason I finally decided it was time to read it so I bought a copy. The publisher is Addison-Wesley, who also publishes another classic called The Mythical Man Month. That review will come at another time.
Learn how to install and setup espeak text-to-speech to speak Russian in Python. Instructions are written for Ubuntu users.
Learn how to generate binaural beats using Java. A binaural beat is an auditory illusion perceived when two different pure-tone sine waves are heard dichotically, that is one through each ear. For example, if you wear a pair of headphones and one side is playing a 440Hz tone and the other side is playing a 450Hz tone you will actually hear a third tone that is the difference of the two frequencies. Your brain will interpret the difference between 440Hz and 450Hz and you will hear a third tone of 10Hz.
Learn how to program GUI applications using the Tkinter module that comes with Python.
Paramiko is a great Python library for SSH but it can be a hassle to install in Windows. In this situation, I am using Windows 10 64-bit and Python 3.4.3. Paramiko is available on Pip which helps but it is not the smoothest installation.
First, I run in to an issue with the PyCrypto dependency that it tries to install:
Sometimes when installing a Python module with pip it returns an error like this:
Learn to work with binary data in Python 3.
These practical examples will demonstrate how to work with files including: reading, writing, changing permissions and timestamps, archiving(zipping), compressing, checksum hashing, downloading files over HTTP, buffers, scanners, and links. All examples here use the standard library.
Libnotify is part of the Gnome project and built on top of the Gnome library. Python has bindings to Gnome and we will take advantage of them to create desktop notifications. We can set the text, images, urgency, and create custom buttons in our notifications. Libnotify is a small and simple library and is a good place to start if you have never done any Gnome/Gtk programming. These examples will walk through all the options available.
Using freegeoip.net we can get location information about hostnames or IP addresses. The service returns information like country name, latitude, and longitude. This example will use Go and its Unmarshal() function to decode the response in to a usable struct.