I can totally relate to that since I was at an inflection point in my career when I decided to learn Python. The exercises keep you engaged, give you extra practice where you're shaky, and prepare you for each next step. One of the questions I get is who I use for web hosting. Would you like to report poor quality or formatting in this book? I have seven websites deployed with them and will be adding more soon. I was smart enough to earn an honors degree in philosophy from Harvard, but an aptitude test told me to avoid computer programming. The second problem is comprehension. Myers correctly pointed out that after each lesson and associated exercise, you need a break.
I got it a few hours ago and I'm already approaching chapter 20 : It's like with each book release the writing gets better, the examples more enjoyable—surprising because his first books are already amazing and well written, the coding exercises really encouraging, fun, and progressive—and with the exercises relating to Mark's newest release, I'm thoroughly enjoying myself to a point where I don't want to stop learning and practicing. But technology offers an even better way to make information stick. With each book release the coding exercises have gotten cleaner and more elegant in my opinion. If you remember all of Chapter 1 through Chapter 10, you'll understand Chapter 11. But my system does flashcards one better.
That's why people use flashcards. Face it, fellow authors, it is the plague. You can click Instructions at the top of the right-hand panel to see the correct code. His style is designed to keep you on track. But all the little steps add up to real knowledge—knowledge that you retain. I'm sure it was right.
That's why the Dummies books sell so well. Only by constantly being asked to play everything back. To become fluent in a computer language, you have to retain pretty much everything. Every lesson is built on top of a solid foundation that you and I have carefully constructed. You just need to be smart about how you learn it. I know this is confusing but we have a complete section on Container Objects that will answer all your questions! But it all started with Mark Myers first book.