The always cheerful Radek has only been with Applifting for two years, yet he’s already managed to try out several different positions. That’s because he likes taking on new challenges and pushing himself. While Python remains a matter of the heart for him, he is now embarking on a career as a technical writer. What motivation does he have, and why does he like Python so much?
Radek, you’ve held several positions within the company. What were they, and what are you doing now?
How did you first stumble across Python?
It was all the way back in elementary school when I bought the book Python in Černá labuť (a traditional bookstore in Prague), and I didn't understand anything whatsoever :-D After that, I studied Java in college, so it was put on the back burner. But then, during my master’s, I got the opportunity to study other languages too, and I worked my way through it. I started submitting term papers in Python whenever possible. Then I had the opportunity to work with Python at a company called Red Hat in Brno, where I went specifically for this reason.
What is so interesting about Python that it made you move to Brno?
I have to say that I don't see that many differences between languages. Python is close to my heart because it's pure, there’s no fluff. If I were to write a language, that’s what it would look like. I also like the community around it. I like the fact that it isn’t backed by a commercial entity, it's universal, and I can do whatever comes to mind with it. And then there’s the syntax and the way the authors keep developing it, I like that too.
What would you recommend to anyone considering giving Python a try?
Go for it! :-) Don't get stuck trying to learn everything, start working with it. Hands-on experience is the best teacher. And be sure to visit PyCon (a conference) too--lots of great people there. I also recommend junior.guru, a website dedicated to beginners not only in Python. It'll guide you through the language and teach you to program and how to find a job. And they’ve also got a nice group on Facebook, where they’ll help you out if you’re at a loss.