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Is it possible to become Python expert by reading series of Python books?

Is it possible to become expert in Python by reading series of books and solving all programming problems in the books?  If yes, I have read and understood "Learn Python in One day and Learn it well".  What is the next python book in sequence?


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Jazz Marie Kaur

8/22/2022 - Mon
Jazz Marie Kaur

Books/reading text alone are often not enough unless there are real-world applications, practice activities in them, and hands-on labs, you may want to check out this post me and other Experts participated on linked below. Everyone has their own learning preferences to grasp different technical concepts of programming languages e.g. videos, books. Look at Code Academy or platforms that offer hands-on labs and skill development paths/interactive lessons.

Test what you have learned out on the activities or skill paths offered through e.g. Code Academy to see whether the book truly helped to grasp the concepts and that you can apply them, they beginner paths, intermediate etc,
Gertone (Geert Bormans)

I even disagree with the "unless"
Can you learn French by reading French grammatical books? NO
Can you become a Chef by reading a few cookbooks? NO
Can you become a math expert by viewing some exercises and their solution? NO

Some things take practice, a lot of practice.
Your question is... "Is it possible to become Python expert"
A Python expert understands why something works and why not, what the best approach is, understands the performance impact of what they are doing, why something breaks when ported to a different version, different platform, why some solution is more robust that another... even expert books only touch the surface of that.

You don't even get that from lab exercises. Good exercises are manufactured to a single goal, teach a certain technique. Real life projects combine many challenges. "Suffering" teaches you to become an expert

You become a python expert after writing thousands of lines of codes and learning from your own mistakes. That takes time. There is no other way. When doing hiring job interviews for any programming language, I never ask "did you read any books?". I always ask things like "tell me what was challenging about your last big project and how did you fix it" That is how one spots an "expert"

I hope this helps. And now... keep your books to get started and then get your hands dirty as soon as possible

Gertone (Geert Bormans)

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