Subscriber Success Stories
Re-engaging with Python Through Mapt
Mapt: First off, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Dave: I am a database administrator that has done intensive software development in the past. I have also written articles about Python in the 2000s for O’Reilly and IBM’s Developerworks. I am re-engaging with Python after almost a decade working almost exclusively with database technologies (Oracle, SQL Server, Big Data).
M: Do you have any tips for staying relevant in tech?
D: I began in software development in the 1980s, working in multiple languages and technologies, from DBase II to HBase, from Turbo Pascal to C#. It’s the fundamentals that matter. Acquisition of new technology is made easier when you understand the underlying concepts and approaches.
M: What led you to start using Mapt?
D: I’m re-engaging with Python after almost a decade devoted to database administration. I appreciate the guidance and structure that Mapt gives me.
M: Have you set up a Skill Plan to help guide your learning journey?
D: Yes, I am currently working my way through the Python developer skill plan.
M: What’s the coolest thing you’ve done with the skills you’ve gained?
D: I have a provisioning application that allows users to access Hadoop resources. The application, written in Python, uses the Apache Ambari custom service framework.
M: If you could give one piece of advice to Mapt users, what would it be?
D: Set aside at least three to five hours a week to devote to working your skill plan.