Good Introductory Books on Machine and Deep Learning

Without a doubt my beloved Python is the Lingua Franca for machine learning these days. Tons of create tools by Google, Facebook and other big players make it easy to learn about machine learning. All offer a great Python API. At Amazon you find 200+ books teaching you stuff about machine learning using Python. A lot of material to choose from. And from my point of view, also a lot of material to fail with. Let me recommend two books I find particularly helpful, when you want to learn something about these fascinating fields and start to dive into one of the hottest topics in tech at the moment.

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cookiecutter-flask-lambda

After my first steps with Lambda, Zappa and Flask I created some small applications to try various Zappa configuration options and play with some AWS services. Setting up the project got pretty boring after the second or third toy project. But for python developers there is a solution to automate these tasks – cookiecutter.

I created a cookiecutter template to easily and quickly create a new project, that can be deployed on AWS Lambda and uses Flask along with some other goodies. Checkout the README and the Pipfile.

Here is a short video that demostrates how to use cookiecutter-flask-lambda and create, deploy and undeploy a new project. It won’t get any easier to deploy your Flask based web application.

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Zappa and Flask-S3 take care of all the heavy lifting of deploying to AWS Lambda. We can focus on creating the web application.

Enjoy!


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First Steps with AWS Lambda, Zappa, Flask and Python 3

Update: After receiving some feedback, that it is not obvious if you need to use Python 2 or 3 for this article, I decided, that I want to update it all the way for Python 3. AWS Lambda supports it, Zappa supports it and we all want Python 3!

I wanted to try out AWS Lambda for a while now. But it took some time to find a reasonable development task that fits this infrastructure. Serverless deployment is very intriguing, escpecially for someone like me that doesn’t enjoy to fiddle with servers, operating systems and stuff.

No, I won’t reveal any detals about my project yet. But I want to share my experiences building a simple webapp – the good old hello world example – and deploy it on AWS Lambda.

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Sticky Note #1: Python 3.6 is awesome

Python 3.6 has been released just before Christmas. A great new release of my favorite programming language!

It includes some nice additions to the language: f-strings, asynchronous generators, asynchronous comprehensions, asyncio has been stabilized and a lot more.

Here are some handy links to get up to date with this new release.

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