Here's a strategic plan I've been following to help improve my automation programming skills, primarily focusing on Python but also [trying] incorporating some Go.
The efficiency of this plan, similar to many others, hinges on two primary pilars: Deliberate Practice and Consistency
Python Basics and Advanced Concepts: Start by revisiting the Python basics (variables, data types, functions, loops, conditional statements). * Gradually move to more advanced topics (OOP concepts, file handling, exception handling, generators, decorators).
Dive Deeper into Python: Understand Python's standard library. It's broad and powerful, and a lot of what you might want to do for automation might already be covered. * Learn about working with databases, APIs, and web scraping as they are common in automation tasks.
Automation Specific Python Libraries: Learn libraries that are frequently used in automation tasks, like Selenium for web automation, or Pyautogui for GUI automation.
Practice, Practice, Practice: Regular practice is key to mastering any programming language. Try to automate simple tasks that you do daily. It could be anything from organizing your files to web scraping news articles. * Websites like Codewars, LeetCode, and HackerRank provide Python problems that you can practice on.
Go Programming: Once you're confident with Python, start exploring Go. Go is known for its simplicity and efficiency, which can be particularly useful for certain automation tasks. * Begin with the basics (variables, data types, control structures, functions) and move on to more complex topics (pointers, structures, interfaces, concurrency). * Start writing small scripts, then slowly move onto more complex tasks.
Projects: The most effective way to learn is by doing. Apply your skills to real-world projects. These could be work-related or personal projects. * GitHub is a great place to find open-source projects where you could contribute, or get inspiration for your own projects.
Continuous Learning: The tech world is always evolving, so it's crucial to stay up-to-date. Follow relevant blogs, forums, or influencers who can provide insights into the latest trends and best practices.
Remember, it's perfectly okay to feel overwhelmed when learning something new. Be patient with yourself and celebrate your progress, no matter how small it might seem. The key to becoming proficient in any programming language is consistency and practice. Happy coding!