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Every Pro Coder Must Know These 5 Technologies to Earn More $$$

What are the most important skills you can have as a freelance developer? You may ask this question because you need to know where to focus and concentrate your learning effort. While I focus on the most important technologies in this article, I believe that the ultimate driver of your success is your knowledge of the basics because this helps …

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Coding: Why You Can Have Average Intelligence and Still Outsmart Everybody Else

What is more important for your success as a coder: intelligence or persistence? In my opinion, there’s a clear winner. You may know the Marshmallow test where kids participate in the following experiment. Every kid gets one Marshmallow as a gift. The kid then can either eat the Marshmallow immediately or wait for an agreed-upon time and get another Marshmallow …

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The Ultimate Guide to NumPy Reshape() in Python

Most of the function names in Python can be intuitively connected to the meaning of the function. The NumPy reshape() function is not an exception. The reshape() function brings an array into another shape while keeping all the original data. The Shape Property of a NumPy Array Before focusing on the reshape() function, we need to understand some basic NumPy …

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Low Risk High Gain? How to Create a Coding Side Business

Do you dream of becoming self-employed? More than 50% of people in America want to become self-employed and becoming their own boss. But many people have limiting beliefs regarding becoming self-employed. They fear to be forced to file for bankruptcy because of a lack of cash coming in. They fear of creating something new in their life, being dependent on …

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What is Short Circuit Evaluation in Python?

Short circuit evaluation in any programming language is the act of not executing unnecessary parts of a Boolean expression. Say, you want to calculate the result of the expression “A and B” but you already know that “A=False”. Because of your knowledge of the first part of the expression, you already know that the result to the overall expression (it …

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How to Escape 9 to 5 as a Python Freelancer?

Why do YOU want to improve your coding skills? I vividly remember my first semester studying computer science more than 10 years ago. I knew almost nothing about coding. My uncle, a professional software developer, had quickly shown me the programming language “Visual Basic” and told me something which you may find helpful in your own career: “Learning a programming …

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How to Earn Passive Income as a (Python) Coder?

Finxter is at the intersection of programming, business, and productivity so we get this question a lot. In this article, I want to share three ideas on how you can invest one or two weeks coding which will then produce passive income for years to come. Definition: You create a software product or website once and earn passive income for …

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One Line of Code Every Day: A Powerful Habit

Today I want to propose a new habit for you which will ensure that you are on the path of continuous improvement in Python — on the path to mastery. Maybe you have read the book “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg (wiki). The Pulitzer-Price winning author talks about forming keystone habits that will change each and every area …

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Why Most Coders Fail Riding the Curve of Continuous Improvement

In this article, I want to discuss an important topic for me because it’s at the heart of what we are doing at Finxter. At the heart of Finxter is continuous improvement in computer science. For example, in my email series “Coffee Break Python” I deliver one piece of knowledge regarding Python, coding productivity and business, and computer science every …

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Why You Are Stuck in Coding

Today I want to address a very controversial topic. I know why you feel stuck and you don’t improve as a coder anymore. You are stuck in coding because you don’t produce enough — you are consuming way too much. It’s an ugly truth and I’m sorry if you feel offended. But it’s nonetheless the reason why you feel stuck. …