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Monthly Newsletter

Hello, <<First Name>>! Here's your monthly share of the latest The Renegade Coder content. To keep with the spirit of The Renegade Coder, here's a table of contents to help you navigate.
Otherwise, keep scrolling!

Articles

As a part of every monthly update, I like to list off the articles from the past month. Naturally, this list is dynamically generated from my RSS feed, so you can expect to see at least 8 articles a month. To see more, head on over to the articles section of The Renegade Coder

It's Nearly Impossible to Carry in Overwatch Featured ImageAs it turns out, team games like Overwatch are hard to carry through individual effort. Who knew?

What If Python Only Had Functions Featured ImageThe goal of this article is to show you that a lot can be accomplished using Python's standard library without ever learning control flow.

A List of Common Operators in Python Featured ImageNow that we're comfortable with data types, I figured it was time to discuss one aspect of Python syntax: operators.

The Sample Programs Repos Are Ready for Hacktoberfest 2020 Featured ImageAs my Sample Programs project moves into its third year, I figured it's time prepare it for Hacktoberfest 2020.

My University Course Tier List Featured ImageAs someone who has taken a lot of college courses over the years, I felt like we could all learn a lot by creating a university course tier list.

The Renegade Coder Has a Discord Server Featured ImageCome be a part of The Renegade Coder community by joining my new Discord server. Let's chat!

Google Isn't Even Trying to Rank Decent Computer Science Content Featured ImageHere's 6,500 words on why I can't stand Google's search algorithm as a small content creator.

Who Gets to Decide What Is and Isn't a Programming Language? Featured ImageOh, you know, it's just me ranting about the culture of the tech industry once again. Maybe I'll stop someday.

Videos

In my free time, I try to supplement my articles with YouTube videos. Unfortunately, this section isn't dynamically generated, and I haven't been as active lately. That said, I like to keep this section around for the new folks! If you'd like to see more videos like this, check out my YouTube channel
In this video, we tackle 3 unique ways to comment code in Python.
In this video, we take a look at how math operators can be used to compare strings.

Software

While writing is obviously a passion of mine, I couldn't call myself The Renegade Coder if I didn't write code from time to time. Here's a curated list of project updates. If you're interested to see what we're working on in real time, check out the GitHub organization.
As many of you know, The Renegade Coder community maintains a massive repository of code snippets. Currently, the project has 250+ stars and 300+ forks. In addition, the project features 450+ code snippets and 100+ programming languages.

In our latest round of updates, we've moved all the articles out into their own repository. This changed was made in preparation of Hacktoberfest 2020. If you'd like to be a part of this project, run over to GitHub and make a pull request. 
Recently, I kicked off a project with a friend of mine to develop a tool to generate color palettes for the North American debut of Phantasy Star Online 2. That said, with the announcement of PSO2: New Genesis, this tool might not be needed. Of course, that doesn't stop me from bragging about it!

Currently, when you run the tool, you'll get a nice preview of where to click on the palette to get the color you want. For instance, here's The Renegade Coder color palette:



Overall, I'm quite pleased with the software, and I hop some folks will get some use out of it!
Many of you are familiar with my ongoing How to Python series which I kicked off in late 2017, but did you know that you can find bonus content on GitHub? For example, you can find a table of all the articles with links to source code, challenges, and videos. 

Speaking of challenges, did you know that many of the articles in the series include a social media challenge. If you head over to Twitter right now, you can post your own solutions to these challenges using #RenegadePython. If I see yours, I'll give it a share!

Finally, if you have any ideas for articles, feel free to reply to this email or create an issue on GitHub. 
Isn't this image sharp? Recently, the The Renegade Coder Image Titler tool was updated to version 2.3.3. Here are the latest of changes:
  • Image files are now tagged with version metadata (1.9.0)
  • GUI support added where settings can be preloaded (2.0.0/2.2.0)
  • Title bars now derive their color from the logo (1.8.0)
  • Images can now be loaded in batches (1.7.0)
  • Title font can be changed (2.1.0)
  • Image size can be changed (2.3.0)
In addition to these features, users can also specify an output folder, add a custom title, and even provide a border. To use this tool, run `pip install image-titler` on your machine today.

Statistics

Did you know that The Renegade Coder recently switched to Plausible for website analytics? Now, all website stats are public! Here's a rough summary for September 2020:
  • 11.4k unique visitors (+1.1k)
  • 15.3k unique page views (-0.4k)
Here are some of the most popular articles of the last month: Also, here are some quick lifetime stats for folks who support me on Patreon:
  • 6 patrons
  • $25/month
  • 23 exclusive posts ($5+ tiers)
Here's to hoping for another successful month!

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