Category Archives: PyDevOfTheWeek

PyDev of the Week: Stacy Morse

This week we welcome Stacy Morse (@geekgirlbeta) as our PyDev of the Week! Stacy loves Python and has been writing about it on her blog as well as giving talks at various user groups and conferences. You can catch her at PyCon 2018 in Ohio this year where she will be talking about code reviews. Let’s take a few moments to get to know her better!

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

I have a degree in Art, concentration in Photography and design. I like to spend as much time as I can hiking and taking macro photographs of moss and the natural life cycle of the forest.

I also like to build. Anything from projects using micro-controllers to elaborate sewing projects. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Stacy Morse

PyDev of the Week: Andrew Knight

This week we welcome Andrew Knight (@automationpanda) as our PyDev of the Week! Andrew is an entrepreneur who co-founded Reformed Menswear and the site was created using Python and Django. If you have a moment, check out his Github profile to find out what Andrew has been contributing to. Andrew also has programming blog that you might want to see. Let’s take a few moments to get to know him better!

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

Professionally, I’m a software engineer who focuses on testing, automation, and CI/CD. My specialty is building test automation frameworks. I’ve worked at major software companies around Raleigh, NC, I run a software blog at automationpanda.com, and I also do independent consulting.

I’m originally from Baltimore, Maryland, USA. I first got into software in 9th grade, when I learned how to program math formulas into my TI-83 Plus graphing calculator. Coding was addictive! I went on to earn a combined BS/MS in Computer Science at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2010, and I have worked in the software industry ever since.

I’m a pretty busy guy, but I enjoy cooking, craft beer, and playing Nintendo games. Right now, I’m deep into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I’m very active in my local church: I once served as an usher, and I’m currently teaching a class in systematic theology. My wife and I like to travel, too. We’ve been all over the USA, China, and even Thailand, with plans for more fun trips to come. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Andrew Knight

PyDev of the Week: Edward Ream

This week we welcome Edward Ream as our PyDev of the Week! Edward is the creator of the Leo (Leonine Editor with Outlines) text editor / outliner. He has been using Python since 2001. You can see what Edward has been working on over on Github. Let’s spend some time getting to know him better!

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

Ream: ​Piano, walking, science, literature, history. I read Science and Nature every week. I encourage your readers to do the same. Start with reading the summary articles and the abstract for each article. They are written for non-specialists. All scientists are lay people outside their immediate area!

I have taken piano and theory lessons for many years Michael Butkus-Bormier. He knows approximately everything about music. He’s a great jazz and classical performer. And a close friend.

I regularly do laughter yoga. It’s easily the most transformation thing I done, including the Hoffman Process and the Landmark Education Forum. I find that laughter helps me to connect with people and eases anxiety in social situations.

Laughter is a huge help to creativity.  I vividly remember a video of “Ham & Clyde” laughing while discussing their work with J. Craig Venter.  Alas, I can’t find the link.  Oh btw, Ham is a Nobelist.

I walk regularly to solve problems.  The trick is to daydream. When any relevant thought appears I write it down in a 89 cent notebook.  The idea is to forget what I have just written down so new thoughts appear.  Trying to remember things kills further daydreaming.

Rebecca is my muse.  She’s a gardener and weaver, but she asks great questions when I talk to her about Leo, even especially technical questions.  Think about how great that is!

The idea that I could use the MORE outliner as a prototype for (what became) Leo arose in conversation with her.  Very likely none of this would have happened without her.

Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Edward Ream

PyDev of the Week: Eric Snow

This week we welcome Eric Snow (@ericsnowcrntly) as our PyDev of the Week! Eric is a core developer of the Python language. You can check out his blog where he post sporadically of his Github profile where you can see what he’s currently up to. Let’s spend some time getting to know Eric better!

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

The western United States has been my home for nearly my entire life, with the exception being 2 years in Argentina before I went to college. I have a BS degree from Brigham Young University in Computer Science. I live in the mountains and enjoy spending times in the outdoors with my family. Around my home I have 17 apple tree that I take care of (and enjoy). Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Eric Snow

PyDev of the Week: Yusuke Tsutsumi

This week we welcome Yusuke Tsutsumi as our PyDev of the Week! Yusuke is a web developer for Zillow and has been working on open source projects for several years. He has a blog where you can learn more about him as well as various programming languages. You can also check out what projects he’s been contributing to over on Github. Let’s take some time to get to know him better!

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

I grew up in Seattle, and love the pacific northwest. After a bit of dabbling in music in high school, I landed on electrical engineering in college. I studied analog and biomedical systems (EKGs are still one of the coolest devices I’ve ever learned about). I also ended up learning about embedding systems, which, paired with some experience in college helping improve a content management system, helped me land a position at Zillow where I work today.

At work I contribute to the tooling and infrastructure used for continuous delivery, testing and monitoring, which is certainly my passion. At home, I love to read, hike, and bicycle around the city. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Yusuke Tsutsumi

PyDev of the Week: Elias Dorneles

This week we welcome Elias Dorneles as our PyDev of the Week! Elias works on the tooling of the Beeware Suite and contributes to several other projects too, all of which you can see on Github. He also has a programming blog that you can check out. Let’s take some time to learn more about Elias!

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

So, I was born and raised in the South of Brazil, and didn’t really have much access to computers until I was about 15 years old. I got into computers initially for writing music scores and making simple animations, spending several hours in the house of friends who owned a computer and shared similar interests. 🙂 Then, when I had the opportunity to go to the university I opted for Computer Science. In there I learned programming, started using Linux, got acquainted with the free and open source software culture and became more and more involved with it, little by little. My hobbies change from time to time, I like trying new things. Most consistently I play the guitar and make fingerstyle arrangements to pop songs that I can’t play myself. But you may also find me drawing cartoonish stuff, pair-programming with a friend over the internet, reading some book or just getting lost somewhere. I’ve recently moved to Paris, and since then I’ve been doing some traveling around too. Last year I took a sabbatical and attended the Recurse Center, which was a bit of a dream come true for me! There I met some wonderful people, worked a bit on the Android tooling of the BeeWare suite and practiced a lot of pair programming, it was a blast! Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Elias Dorneles

PyDev of the Week: Jason Myers

This week we welcome Jason Myers as our PyDev of the Week! Jason is the co-author of Essential SQLAlchemy: Mapping Python to Databases, 2nd Edition and is also an instructor at DataCamp. If you have some free time, check out which Python packages he contributes too over on Github or visit his website. Let’s take some time to get to know Jason!

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

I’m a software engineer, author, and instructor working for Juice Analytics, a data visualization company. I also started the PyTennessee and Nodevember conferences with my good friend Will Golden. This year, I’m serving as the program committee chair with Lorena Mesa and Jackie Kazil.

I was an infrastructure architect and consultant for the majority my computing career. When the cloud took over and stole all the beautiful blinking lights, I returned to programming full-time although I had always been writing code to solve infrastructure issues, configuration and monitoring.

For hobbies, I have three Lhasa Apso dogs and I grow corals in saltwater reef tanks. I find staring into the reef tanks very relaxing, and the chemistry involved satisfies my first love of analytical chemistry. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Jason Myers

PyDev of the Week: Alan Vezina

This week we welcome Alan Vezina (@fancysandwiches) as our PyDev of the Week! He is one of the co-founders of PuPPy (Puget Sound Programming Python), a Python user’s group in Seattle, WA. He is also one of the organizers of PyCascades, a Python conference in Vancouver, BC.  While Alan has a blog, it doesn’t appear to be updated regularly so you might want to check out his Github profile instead to find out what he’s been up to. Now let’s take a few moments to get to know him better!

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

Born and raised in the midwest, but have been living in Seattle for the past 6 years. I have a Bachelors in Computer Science from University of Michigan. I am an avid cyclist, I commute to work by bike year round (Seattle makes that easy), and I don’t own a car. I’ve been experimenting a lot with homebrewing fruit wines and mead lately. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Alan Vezina

PyDev of the Week: David Litvak

This week we welcome David Litvak (@dlitvakb) as our PyDev of the Week! He has presented at PyCon Argentina and PyCaribbean. Feel free to check out his website or Github to see what he’s been up to. Now let’s take some time to learn more about David!

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

My name is David Litvak Bruno, a Software Developer and Systems Analyst from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and now living in Berlin, Germany. I’m currently working as an Ecosystem Developer and Python and Ruby Software Evangelist at Contentful in Berlin, Germany.

I’ve been working as a Software Engineer since 2007, just before I started my studies at UTN (National Technological University) for Systems Engineering, which after a few years of dealing between a full time job and lack of enthusiasm with the university, I ended up leaving. Though during those years I started my teaching career in Advanced Programming Techniques and Team Leadership Methodologies, which I still continue to contribute at remotely.

I eventually finished my degree as a Systems Analyst in UP (Palermo University), in February 2017.

My hobbies are very varied, from listening and ocasionally performing with some jazz bands, to combat sports such as MMA and HEMA. I also love teaching and playing Tabletop Role Playing Games.

On October, I moved from Buenos Aires to Berlin, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

Just a few weeks ago I became a father, Julián is now the receiver of my full attention. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: David Litvak

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.

Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Juan Luis Cano