Category Archives: PyDevOfTheWeek

PyDev of the Week: Juan Luis Cano

This week we welcome Juan Luis Cano (@astrojuanlu) as our PyDev of the Week! He is the chair of the Python Spain non-profit and the author of the poliastro project. If you can read Spanish, then you might want to check out his website. Otherwise you can definitely take a look at his Github profile to see what he’s been working on or is interested in. Let’s take some time to learn more about Juan!

Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):

I’m an Aerospace engineer with a passion for space, programming and open source. I really enjoy solving Physics or Math problems using computers, and the more my job requires me reading scientific papers and derive mathematical equations, the happier I am. I am an open culture advocate and also chair of the Python Spain non-profit, which organizes the PyCon in our country (I have been involved one way or another since the first edition, in 2013). When I am not in front of the computer, I love to listen to all kinds of music (electronic, ’70s rock, opera, blues), go everywhere with my bicycle and travel.

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PyDev of the Week: Emily Morehouse-Valcarcel

This week we welcome Emily Morehouse-Valcarcel (@emilyemorehouse) as our PyDev of the Week. Emily is the co-founder and Director of Engineering of Cuttlesoft. She recently spoke at PyCascades about Python’s AST. You can get a feel for what projects she is interested in over on her Github profile. Let’s take a few moments to get to know her!

Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):

I’m currently the Cofounder and Director of Engineering at a Cuttlesoft, a digital product development company. Before that, I studied Theatre, Criminology and Computer Science at the Florida State University. I didn’t actually discover programming until my junior year when I took an intro course and built an Enigma machine simulator. I fell in love! I really enjoy problem-solving and there’s always a new challenge to face and different things to learn or improve. I believe that if you ever get bored in the tech world, you’re doing it wrong. In my spare time, I enjoy playing video games, hiking with our dog (Colorado mountains are just incredible), photography, gardening, attending concerts, and indulging in Colorado’s amazing craft beer and food scene. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Emily Morehouse-Valcarcel

Pre-Order Python Interviews

I am happy to announce another book that I have been working on called Python Interviews from Packt Publishing. Here is the blurb from their website:

Python Interviews contains a series of one-to-one interviews between Mike Driscoll and a variety of leading figures in the Python community. Mike is a life-long member of the Python community and has been running ‘PyDev of the Week’ interviews with the cream of the Python community for many years from his blog, Mouse vs. Python.

In this book, Mike talks Python with core members of the Python community, such as Steve Holden (former chair of the Python Software Foundation), Mike Bayer (creator of SQLAlchemy), Brett Cannon (core Python developer), Glyph Lefkowitz (creator of Twisted), Massimo DiPierro (creator of web2py), Oliver Schoenborn (creator of PyPubSub), and many, many more. The interviews are full of insights into the minds of successful programmers, the inner workings of the Python language, the history of Python, and humorous anecdotes from the thriving Python community.

Python Interviews is currently available for pre-order and should be published in late February 2018 or March 2018.

Note: These are brand new interviews and are not taken from my “PyDev of the Week” series. However there is some cross-over in this book to those interviews since some of the same topics were covered.

PyDev of the Week: Robert Cimrman

This week we welcome Robert Cimrman as our PyDev of the Week! Robert is the project leader of Sfepy: Simple Finite Elements in Python package. He is also a contributor to NumPy and SciPy. You can see some the projects he works on over on Github. Let’s take a few moments to get to know him better!

Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):

I studied applied math (numerical methods and parallel processes) for my master’s degree and then switched to biomechanics for my PhD (topic: mathematical modeling of biological tissues). Besides working with computers, I like music (the harder the better), reading various stuff (from physics/science to science-fiction to fantasy) and skiing/hiking in mountains. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Robert Cimrman

PyDev of the Week: Joseph Howse

This week we welcome Joseph Howse (@CatsAndMonkeys) as our PyDev of the Week. Joseph is the author (or co-author) of several books on OpenCV:

  • OpenCV for Secret Agents
  • OpenCV 3 Blueprints
  • iOS Application Development with OpenCV 3
  • Android Application Programming with OpenCV 3
  • Learning OpenCV 3 Computer Vision with Python
  • Python Game Programming by Example

You can learn a bit more about Joseph from his company’s website or his author page. Let’s take a few moments to get to know him better!

Joseph Howse (left) and Eiffel Einstein Rocket (right)

Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):

I live in a fishing village called Terence Bay and I also have a home office in the nearby city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. With my mother Jan and my father Bob, I run a consulting company called Nummist Media Corporation Limited, specializing in computer vision. We have four cats named Sanibel, Lambda, Josephine or “Little Jo”, and Eiffel.

Readers of my computer vision books will know the first three of these cats. They’ll also know Plasma, a virtuous leader of cats, who sadly succumbed to lymphoma this past August. Eiffel is our new arrival. They are all great cats who are really dedicated to their experimental work in computer vision and to their cat-centric religion called Nummism.

I love photography and writing. I collect cameras and lenses. This set of interests has had a big influence on my life, including my specialization in computer vision.

I took a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and English literature, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Arts in International Development, and lastly a Master of Computer Science. My interest in computer science was fostered by my older brother Sam, who specialized in functional and provable programming. He died of bile duct cancer ten years ago this January. But he taught us many things and he still makes us laugh and, for the cats, you know, he helped to codify Nummism. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Joseph Howse

PyDev of the Week: Christopher Truncer

This week we welcome Christopher Truncer (@ChrisTruncer) as our PyDev of the Week! He is a co-founder and current developer of the Veil-Framework. Christopher basically develops pen-testing utilities in Python. You can see some of what he’s up to over on Github or his website. Let’s take a few moments to get to know him better!

Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):

I grew up as a kid loving video games and playing with computers. For some reason I never thought I would have the chance to take that passion and translate it into a career, so I started off going to school for criminal justice. Soon after, I switched to major in Information Technology once I realized I could actually make a career out of playing with computers (to my happy realization). I always wanted to work in computer security, and I was hooked the very first time my roommate let me hack his computer.

After graduating, I started in a Systems Administrator role, and have since moved into computer security where I conduct Penetration Tests and Red Team assessments. I’ve (unfortunately) never had any formal development training. Everything I’ve learned from a development perspective has been self-taught or mentored through others willing to help.

I also love to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I enjoy video games, and really enjoy developing tools which help aid the computer security/hacking work I do. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Christopher Truncer

PyDev of the Week: Christy Heaton

This week we welcome Christy Heaton (@christytoes) as our PyDev of the Week! Christy is a blogger for the Python Software Foundation. You can see what she’s up to via her Github page or by checking out her website. Let’s take some time to get to know her better!

Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):

I studied Anthropology and later Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS was the perfect field for me because it brought together my interest in people, technology, and mapping. I now work as a GIS project manager and am a GIS and Python instructor at the University of Washington. In terms of hobbies, I love bringing people together with common interests which is why I help to organize PyLadies Seattle and Maptime Seattle. I’m also a blogger for the Python Software Foundation. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Christy Heaton

PyDev of the Week: Nicholas Hunt-Walker

This week we welcome Nicholas Hunt-Walker (@nhuntwalker) as our PyDev of the Week! Nicholas studied to be an astrophysicist and then decided to switch to teaching programming and software development. You can find out more about what Nicholas is up to over on his website, Rational Whimsey or possibly see him at a Python conference. He is currently booked to speak at PyCascades later this month and PyCaribbean in February. Let’s take a few moments to get to know him better!

Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):

My name is Nick and I’m currently a lead instructor of web and software development at the Seattle-area coding school, Code Fellows. I hail from Elmont, New York where I spent most of my life before I left for grad school in Seattle in 2010. Before leaving NY I obtained a bachelor’s in Physics and Mathematics from the City University of New York at York College and participated in Columbia University’s Bridge to the Ph.D. program. It was during that latter stint that I gained my first real hobby besides video games, the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. I’ve been practicing it off and on ever since, and it remains one of my truest loves. I also like stealing things as a rogue in Dungeons and Dragons, bouldering, casual rowing, and a bit of hiking here in the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Nicholas Hunt-Walker

PyDev of the Week: Brian Ray

This week we welcome Brian Ray as our PyDev of the Week! Brian is the author / speaker for Python From Scratch Life Lessons from Pearson. He is the founders and the former chair of ChiPy, the Chicago Python users group. Let’s take a few moments to get to know Brian better!

Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):

While pursuing a Liberal Art education I started consulting in computers. Prior to that, I could be found hacking away on my IBM PC JR at home and on the Apple Macintosh computers donated to Culver Military Academy boarding school in the early 90s. I took that knowledge for profit while enjoying a fruitful career in programming for the past 22 years. As a hobby, I have enjoyed the Arts, Culinary delights, home life in Chicago, and travel.

I have eaten my way across the globe especially in US and Asia. Any given day I may be found lugging my laptop across borders and always seem to find myself back in Chicago for the monthly Chicago Python User Group (ChiPy) meetings. I enjoy stopping in to other Python related meetups like to visit Don Sheu (and PuPPy – Seattle User Group) or to hear Python folks talk around the globe. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Brian Ray

PyDev of the Week: Lynn Root

This week we welcome Lynn Root (@roguelynn) as our PyDev of the Week! Lynn is an organizer for PyLadies and PyCon 2017. She was doing some of the master of ceremonies duties when I was attending PyCon this year.  She is also a speaker at various Python Conferences including Pycon, EuroPython, and DjangoCon, among others. You can see what she’s up to over on her website. Let’s take some time getting to know her better!

Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):

I have a bachelors degree in business, focusing on economics and finance. But I got sick of Excel spreadsheets and learned to code instead.

I work at Spotify in New York as a Site Reliability Engineer, which basically means I either break our entire service, or get paged to fix it when others do. In actuality, an SRE at Spotify means backend development for infrastructure, writing & maintaining services that others use daily. I also evangelize Free and Open Source Software internally and help fellow engineers release their projects.

Work and programming in general is a big part of my life, but outside of that, I dabble in watercolor painting, knitting, and swimming. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Lynn Root