Category Archives: PyDevOfTheWeek

PyDev of the Week: Qumisha Goss

This week we welcome Qumisha Goss (@QatalystGoss) as our PyDev of the Week. Q is a librarian from Detroit who gave one of the best keynotes I’ve ever seen at PyCon US this year. For some reason, the people who uploaded the Keynotes from that morning didn’t separate the keynotes from each other or from the morning’s lightning talks, so you have to seek about 2/3’s of the way through the official video to find Q’s keynote here: Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Qumisha Goss

PyDev of the Week: Naomi Ceder

This week we welcome Naomi Ceder (@NaomiCeder) as our PyDev of the Week. Naomi has been a long-time member of the Python community and is the author of The Quick Python Book. Naomi is the current chair of the board of directors for the Python Software Foundation and is a regular speaker at programming conferences. Let’s take a few moments to get to know Naomi better!

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

Well, a lot of people know that I’m currently chair of the PSF, and many have heard me speak about my journey involving gender.

People seem to be surprised to find out that I have a PhD in Classics (from the U of Wisconsin, Madison) – Ancient Greek, Latin, and historical Linguistics, with some Sanskrit and Egyptian Hieroglyphs thrown in. So I’ve been interested in different human languages and how they work for a long time and I think that’s helped me learn and think about computer languages. It certainly helps me read languages like Portuguese, Spanish, and French. Sadly, it doesn’t do much to help me speak those languages so I end up understanding a fair bit of what I read or hear, but then being tongue tied and looking like a dolt when I try to have a conversation.

My other odd claim to fame is that I was a competitive dog obedience trainer and judge (I even wrote a humor column for the national obedience training magazine) for several years, taking my first dog through all the levels of AKC and UKC obedience. That’s a pretty time-consuming hobby, and I retired from it a few years ago. Our current dog knows some obedience stuff, but she also knows that I’m no longer the stickler that I was when we were competing, and she takes advantage of that. But she’s cute and she knows how to work that, so who am I to nitpick? All of our dogs so far have been Australian shepherds – smart, reasonably athletic and energetic, but usually with a bit more of a sense of humor than you’d find in border collies. Anyone who knows the breed will understand what I mean.

Finally, since I started my current job leading a team for Dick Blick Art Materials, I’ve started drawing, something I’d always wanted to do. Like a lot of people, I think, I’d always wanted to capture some of the scenes around me, but I just felt it was beyond me. I guess the lure of using my employee discount, combined with thinking and talking about the tools and materials every day, overcame my reluctance and I started studying/practicing about a year and a half ago. In particular, I’m interested in what’s called “urban sketching”, quick sketches capturing city scenes, since I’ve always been fascinated by the scenes and shapes of cities. After PyCon I shared a sketch I did of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Twitter, which was the first time I’ve done that. I don’t claim to be good, but I am getting better, and I do enjoy it.

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PyDev of the Week: Maria Camila Remolina Gutiérrez

This week we welcome Maria Camila Remolina Gutiérrez (@holamariacamila) as our PyDev of the Week! Maria recently gave a talk at PyCon USA in their new PyCon Charlas track last month. You can learn more about Maria on her website or you can check out her Github profile to see what she has been doing in the open source world. Let’s take a few minutes to get to know her better!

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

My name is Maria Camila. I am a 23 year old colombian. I am a Physicist and soon to be Systems and Computing Engineer (I will graduate in June 2018). I am studying at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. My main area of research so far is computational astrophysics, especially simulations. I am very interested in the topics of infrastructure, high performance computing and security. Regarding my hobbies, I love pottery and ceramics, I have been doing it for 1.5 years so far. Also, I’ve been trying to learn bongo drums in my spare time. Finally, I love learning new languages, especially because it is binded to the culture of the countries that speak them, so it allows you to discover the world in a different way. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Maria Camila Remolina Gutiérrez

PyDev of the Week: Moshe Zadka

This week we welcome Moshe Zadka (@moshezadka) as our PyDev of the Week! Moshe is a core developer of the Twisted project and he is also a co-author of Expert Twisted from Apress Publishing. He is also the author of a self-published book, from python import better. You can find additional information about Moshe here where he includes links to his Github, Instagram and blog.

Let’s take a few moments to hear what he was to say.

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

I am originally from Israel, and I currently live in the Bay area with my wife and my two kids (5yo and 3yo). Until I got married and life got too busy, I used to perform as Dr. Scott in a Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast. I intend to get back into performance once the kids are older!

I started my life as a mathematician, published a paper (“Orbifolds as Diffeologies”), but then got into the software development world, and ended up as a DevOps Engineer. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Moshe Zadka

PyDev of the Week: Kai Willadsen

This week we welcome Kai Willadsen (@kywe) as our PyDev of the Week! He is the maintainer of the Meld project, a cross-platform visual diff and merge tool written in Python. You can catch up with Kai on his blog or see what else he is working on via Github. Let’s take a few moments to get to know Kai better.

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

I did undergrad in computer science + cognitive science, a PhD in complex systems modeling, and a variety of post-doc work before bailing on the academic life. None of the above is even remotely relevant to my current work though!

My non-computer hobbies are basically gardening & chicken keeping. For people in the position to do so: if you’ve never kept chickens, think about it! They are the best. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Kai Willadsen

PyDev of the Week: Anthony Shaw

This week we welcome Anthony Shaw (@anthonypjshaw) as our PyDev of the Week! Anthony is involved in several open source projects. You can read up on all of them over on his website. He also has a blog on Medium. Let’s take a few moments to get to know Anthony better!

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

I started programming from an early age and got into tech at school, studied Cybernetics at University in the UK and ended up working at a Cloud company for my first job. I’ve had all sort of roles, tech support, development, product management and my latest role I’m doing “skills transformation”, which is really about helping people learn new things, encouraging people to develop their tech skills and mentoring. I don’t code day to day for work anymore since I manage a team and have a lot of travel so I typically contribute to open-source projects in spare time and in between flights.

I like to build things with my hands to switch off from work and IT, so I’m normally building something around the house, walls, landscaping or other big DIY projects. I live on the beach on the east coast of Australia so 9 months of the year I’m making any excuse to get in the water to swim. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Anthony Shaw

PyDev of the Week: Elizabeth Sander

This week we welcome Elizabeth Sander as our PyDev of the Week! Elizabeth is a data scientist at Civis Analytics. She has her own website where you can learn a lot of interesting background information about her. If you are more interested in her open source projects, then her Github profile may be what you really want to check out. Let’s take a few moments to get to know Elizabeth better!

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

My background is actually in computational biology, basically looking at how food webs are structured, and how to predict network structure from other kinds of data. I was bitten by the software bug in grad school. I tried to turn all of my research into software packages, or at least a series of scripts that could reproduce my work. This is surprisingly uncommon in academia, at least in ecology! I finished my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution last year, and now I’m a R&D data scientist at Civis Analytics. Now I get to work on software to help other data scientists do their job, which is a fun balance of programming and analysis.

I have lots of hobbies outside of software, maybe a few too many. I do a lot of circus arts, especially trapeze and contact staff, and I have a lot of crafty hobbies like sewing and knitting. I’m also a big gamer, whether it’s board games, role playing games, or video games.

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PyDev of the Week: John Reese

This week we welcome John Reese (@n7cmdr) as our PyDev of the Week. John works for Facebook and has been using Python for many years. He has a blog, but it hasn’t been updated in a while. If you’d like to see what he’s up to in open source land, then check out his Github profile. Let’s spend a few moments getting to know him better!

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

I like to describe myself as a Software Engineer, video game enthusiast, and virtual astronaut man_astronaut. I enjoy dabbling in photography, astronomy, and music, but I’m most passionate about technology and games. My favorite game series is Mass Effect, but I’ve spent more hours in Kerbal Space Program than any other title.

I’ve been writing software for the large majority of my life. It started when I was six, using a 286 with MS-DOS, writing batch scripts to create simple menus or boot disks for PC games of the era (640KB was never enough weary). In grade school, I started writing my own “games” in BASIC for the PC, and by early high school, I was using PHP to build my own websites and toying with C++ to write basic mods for games.

I went to university at the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York, and graduated with a Software Engineering degree. Since then, I’ve worked in open source software, telecommunications, network security, and game development, mostly writing backend services or automation systems in Python.

I now live in the San Francisco bay area with my amazing wife👩🏻‍🎤 and two cats, and I work as a Production Engineer for Facebook. I’m a member of a storage team responsible for maintaining and replicating arbitrary binary data, including photos and videos for Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, as well as games for the Oculus VR headsets. I’ve built a large variety of monitoring and automation systems in Python to audit the health of our service, as well as to coordinate data migrations to ensure durability and availability of data in the face of hardware failures and network outages. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: John Reese

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