### The Value of Certification

Very early on in high school I remember my father sitting me down and saying, “When you get to college nobody is ever going to ask you what your GPA was in high school.  And after graduating from college nobody is ever going to ask you what your grades were.  All they are going to…

### Wrapped In Python – Edition 4 – Primitive Root Finder

Mostly because of their importance in some types of  asymmetric cryptography (Diffie-Hellman, RSA) I have a fascination with prime numbers.  I enjoy occasionally checking on the latest discovery of ever larger prime numbers.  As I write the largest known prime has more than 17, 425, 170 digits in it.  That’s a big-ass number!   Many…

### Wrapped In Python – Edition 3 – Prime Number Verifier

In my last post I offered two different examples for generating prime numbers using python.  The first script in that post generated every prime (except 2) from 1 to 9,999,999 and the second script generated every prime in a user-supplied range. It’s neat to be able to generate a bunch of prime numbers but what…

### Wrapped In Python – Edition 2 – Prime Number Generator

Perhaps just a step up from writing your first “Hello World” script.  I wrote [yet another] prime number generator.  I’m sure this can be done in a variety of ways but I used what I currently know to figure out how to determine if a number is prime. Here’s the code: #!/usr/bin/env python print “2…

### Wrapped In Python – Edition 1 – The Beginning …Again

I have been teaching myself Python for more than a few years. To be clear, that means that I think about python for about a week, do a lot of reading, stay up late trying some real basic code, get distracted by other shiny things, allow weeks or months to go by, and forget almost…