Python the snake
I have never before had to use python so my first experiences with it were a little rocky. Navigating my way through Python aside, what i found most difficult was trying to do it on my own. I missed the week in class that we learned all about Python and coding so performing the tasks at home did not make anything easier. I found the Programming Historian site very hard to follow as I am not used to the type of vocabulary the site’s creator used. I want to give a brief story before I continue with my post. I was never good at math. In grade school I was constantly being sent down to the Special Education help rooms to help me understand math better. No matter how much help I received I didn’t improve in math. So eventually I just learned to shut down my brain whenever math was involved. For some reason or another, coding resembles math to me and so for the most part, my brain shuts down.
That being said I think it is highly valuable for most historians to learn about coding. It’s important to be able to be in control of your own content. The ability to code is the ability to have creative freedom with your own website and not have to rely on explaining to others what you hope to achieve with it. Coding has become a necessity for historians who want to work online and I am just starting to realize that if I want to be able to work online as a Historian, then I better get coding.