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Episode 53: Improving the Learning Experience on Real Python

The Real Python Podcast

Mar 26, 2021 1h 10m

If you haven’t visited the website lately, then you’re missing out on the updates to! The site features a completely refreshed layout with multiple sections to help you take advantage of even more great educational Python content. This week on the show, we have Dan Bader, the person behind Real Python, and all these architectural changes.

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Among the features changed are a new bookmarking system, a section to keep track of what you’ve been learning lately, and a much more advanced way to search the site. A new tile system makes it easier to explore learning paths, quizzes, office hours, and other sections of the site.

Dan shares details about the website technology stack and why he started using Python for the core content management system. He also talks about the struggle of being the sole maintainer and feature architect.


  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:01:44 – Welcome to the show Dan!
  • 00:03:12 – What updates are happening on the website?
  • 00:04:40 – The “Continue Learning” section
  • 00:16:02 – Updating how search works
  • 00:21:41 – Sponsor: PyCharm
  • 00:22:22 – Implementing bookmarking of articles
  • 00:26:39 – A development team of one
  • 00:28:16 – Surfacing features with explore
  • 00:35:39 – How to take advantage of the new features?
  • 00:39:26 – Spotlight: Python Basics in paper back available now!
  • 00:41:12 – What did it take to implement progress system?
  • 00:47:27 – Closed captions and transcripts complete across all courses
  • 00:48:47 – Python Basics and CPython Internals books
  • 00:53:38 – What are you excited about in the world of Python?
  • 00:58:40 – What do you want to learn next?
  • 01:02:21 – What is something you thought you knew about Real Python but were wrong about it?
  • 01:06:00 – Request for reviews, feedback, and questions
  • 01:09:06 – Thanks and goodbye

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