Python with Datacamp

My free trial subscription on Datacamp is terminated. I could learn a little bit about Python applied to data analysis and obtain this certification:


There were 11 lessons which gave an overview of variables, their types, lists, functions, methods, packages, how to use numpy and its array objects for easy data computation and analysis.

I then started the next course (intermediate level) and could follow 3 more lessons about matplotlib (data visualisation, basic plots such as scatter plots or histograms, and chart customisation). But I had to stop, for my free trial subscription was terminated and the next lessons required a premium account.

It was a pleasure and quite entertaining to learn on Datacamp. The lessons are not boring, with a little bit of theory (a video of around 5min), followed by exercises and live programming with an integrated, web-based interface, with automated checks. Points are granted with an official certification when a full course is completed. However, a premium account at around 30$/month was needed which is not cheap. There are probably more details to be learned in more comprehensive reference books and manuals, but this web-based training offers the same advantages as class or instructor-led training with the advantage that you can follow it at your own pace.

Aarschot – Lier – Mechelen

After clouds and showers, back to the beautiful weather with sunshine ! For this last part of unvisited area around Leuven, I took the N19 starting from the ring of Leuven to Wilsele, Putkapel, Wezemaal, reaching the outskirts of Aarschot, then turned right to take the circular road and the left to enter the N10, heading to Lier via Begijnendijk, Pijpelheide, Goor, Heikant and Koningshooikt. Near Lier, I took the circular road on the left, took another left for the N14 to Mechelen via Duffel and Elzenstraat. At Mechelen, I reached the circular road and took the N26 back to Leuven.

loop Leuven-Aarschot-Lier-Mechelen ; 85km, 2 hours

Tienen

Nice weather, this Sunday morning, I could enjoy the ride starting from Leuven, and driving to Korbeek-Lo, Boutersem, and Roosbeek on the N3. Near Tienen, I took the N29, crossed Bumbeek, Glabbeek, Kapellen, Molenbeek-Werksbeck. Just before the E314, 2 times on the left and I switched to the N2, going back to Leuven through Bekkevoort, Sint-Joris-Winge, Sint-Bernard, Linden and finally Kessel-Lo.

This beautiful triangle has a perimeter of 81km ! Around 60min