Sorry I’ve been quiet for a bit. Had a lot going on – a lot more than I realized.
I announced about a week and half ago about the Model Builder and Python Class. I’ve been working on that and working on centralizing my repository of documents. Data management will eat your lunch and I’ve let my data get out of hand. Standardization is the word of the day from here on out.
Chapter 1 of the class was a breeze. Chapter 2 is forming up nicely. I became sidetracked by Chapter 6. Python. Yes – I skipped from 2 to 6. It’s an interesting proposition on teaching a little about python. I can’t cover much – but I think I can cover enough to make you at least knowledgeable about what you need to know to move forward. That’s always been key for me in a class – yes I get through the materials but how do I continue to go in a forward motion when the class ends.
It made me think on how much I’ve done until now. I’ve been having these reflective moments as I develop a new business plan to account for changes I’ve been slowly making to life. When I first started out I was sitting in front of a Sparc 2 learning the in’s and out’s of Arc/INFO Workstation. At some point I ended up learning Avenue. At some point that faded in to an extreme love hate relationship with Visual Basic. I got so fed up I diverted into PERL and almost became a System Administrator. Here I sit 6 years into a small business extolling the virtues of Python. Out of everything I’ve enjoyed python the most as a programming language. Not that I’m all that good – I actually suck at it as it takes me a day to ramp back up and start building a script that works. I can fix things – I’m a little bit dangerous.
So anyway – chapters are coming together. The QGIS class is getting a format change and more notes added. I was told today I work too cheap and I agreed but as I explained there’s a reason for that also. I had a talk with a very good friend – twice. My dad came over and helped me paint my house. I watch a hurricane roll into the gulf. Interesting times.