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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

What Is a Dictionary in Python? Featured ImageIn the world of Python, there are a lot of fun and interesting data structures. The one we'll cover today is the dictionary.

How to Check if a Key Exists in a Dictionary in Python Featured ImageOne of my favorite Python data structures is the dictionary. Of course, I don't love getting an error when my key doesn't exist. Luckily, there's a way to check.

Yet Another Rant About Teaching College Students Featured ImageGuess who had the displeasure of dealing with yet another entitled student? This guy. Ugh.

Image Titler 2.1.1 Features Custom Fonts Featured ImageNow that the GUI is up and running, it seemed like the write time to start expanding the core functionality. For instance, I just added custom font support.

Using Python to Visualize the Potential Effects of COVID-19 on Course Evaluations Featured ImageNow that a portion of a semester of online learning is in the books, I was curious to see how COVID-19 might have affected my course evaluations using some data visualization.

How to Loop Over a Dictionary in Python Featured ImageLooping over data structures in Python is always an interesting challenge. That's why we're going to look at dictionaries today.

Lessons Learned From Two Years of College Teaching Featured ImageNow that I'm finished teaching for a bit, I figured I'd put together a short list of lessons learned for my future self.

Image Titler 2.0.1 Features a Graphical User Interface Featured ImageAt long last, the image-titler tool now features a graphical user interface. Now, users can edit images in real-time before saving them.

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 take a look at how math operators can be used to compare strings.
In this video, we tackle 6 unique ways to format strings in Python including concatenation and f-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.
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 2.3.2. 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.
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 started testing all of our code using Glotter, a Docker-based workflow for executing code in nearly every programming language. If you'd like to be a part of this project, run over to GitHub and make a pull request. 

Statistics

Did you know that The Renegade Coder recently switched to Plausible for website analytics? Now, all website stats are public! Here's a summary for June 2020:
  • 10.2k unique visitors
  • 13.7k unique page views
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
  • 21 exclusive posts ($5+ tiers)
Here's to hoping for another successful month!

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