Category Archives: PyDevOfTheWeek

PyDev of the Week: Daniel Roseman

This week we welcome Daniel Roseman as our PyDev of the Week. I stumbled across Daniel on StackOverflow via some of the Python answers he has given. He is in the top 0.01% overall on StackOverflow, which is pretty impressive. He also has an old blog with a few interesting Python related articles in it. You can see what he’s been up to lately over on Github. Let’s take a few moments to get to know Daniel better!

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

I’m a self-taught programmer – my degree is actually in French – and I spent ten years working as a journalist and sub-editor before finally making the move into professional web development.

Since then I’ve worked at Global Radio, Glasses Direct, Google, and now the UK’s Government Digital Service, where I’m currently a technical architect on the publishing platform for the GOV.UK website.

Outside of work I’m a singer in various amateur choirs. I’ve also been running a Code Club at a local primary school for several years, helping ten and eleven year olds with their first introduction to programming using Scratch and later Python itself. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Daniel Roseman

PyDev of the Week: Jeff Forcier

This week we welcome Jeff Forcier (@bitprophet) as our PyDev of the Week. Jeff is the current maintainer of the popular Fabric and Paramiko packages. He is also the creator of the Invoke package. You can check out other projects that Jeff contributes to on Github. He also has a blog that you might find interesting. Let’s take some time to get to know Jeff better!

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

My overall bio can be found at http://bitprophet.org/bio, but here’s some basics!

  • I’ve a bachelor’s degree in computer science (though I don’t hold with those who think one is required for a career in this field.)
  • Most of my hobbies involve a computer or TV screen – for example, I’m a devout video game addict, spend more time than I should just surfing the Web, and enjoy watching video (anime, movies, TV; no Twitch habit yet!)
  • When not glued to a display, I read a lot (mostly scifi & fantasy); take day trips around the beautiful, if disturbingly expensive, San Francisco Bay Area; and annoy my cats.
  • Sometimes I combine these things – such as when my wife and I go on long walks playing Pokémon Go 🙂

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PyDev of the Week: Matthias Bussonnier

This week we welcome Matthias Bussonnier (@Mbussonn) as our PyDev of the Week. Matthias is a core developer of the Jupyter Notebook and IPython. You may want to check out his Github profile to see what projects he is interested in and working on. Let’s spend some time getting to know Matthias better!

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

I have a pretty eclectic background. As you might not hear while reading me I’m French, and I still have a relatively strong French accent. I was trained as a Physicist – started with quantum mechanics /particle physics and decided that it was probably not for me, so I did fluid mechanics and condensed matter, and I ended up with a PhD in Biophysics which according to my advisor was often more applied mathematics than BioPhysics. As for computer programming I’m mostly self taught – I stated with C/C++ when I was about 13 and moved between languages every now and then. I’m pretty monomaniac an my hobbies come and go. I used to program to distract me from my PhD – which lead me where I am now. I like to play guitar, do nothing and enjoy nature, sleep, contradict people and making puns. I also love to understand why and how in general which takes most of my time – I try to write it up on my blog but it often take me weeks to write anything and I’m not happy with it. I also enjoy teaching to others mostly because by teaching you understand better.
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PyDev of the Week: Shannon Turner

This week we welcome Shannon Turner as our PyDev of the Week! Shannon is the founder of Hear Me Code, a free, beginner-friendly coding class for women in the Washington DC area. She has several interesting projects over on Github that you might find worthy of checking out. Let’s take some time to get to know Shannon better!

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

I have my grandma to thank for my career path — she loved playing video games. As a kid, I would watch her play, and sketch out the game on paper and show her. I’d say “Wouldn’t this be cool if it were part of the game?” and she loved that – but told me that I had to get very good at computers if I wanted to make that happen! Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Shannon Turner

PyDev of the Week: Katherine Scott

This week we welcome Katherine Scott (@kscottz) as our PyDev of the Week! Katherine was was the lead developer of the SimpleCV computer vision library and co-author of the SimpleCV O’Reilly Book. You can check out Katherine’s open source projects over on Github. Let’s take a few moments to get to know her better!

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

A quick summary about me:

I am currently the image analytics team lead at Planet Labs. Planet is one of the largest satellite imaging companies in the world and my team helps take Planet’s daily satellite imagery and turn into actionable information. We currently image the entire planet every day at ~3m resolution and not only do I get to see that data, but I also have the resources to apply my computer vision skills to our whole data set. On top of this I get to work stuff in space! It goes without saying that I absolutely love my job. I am also on the board of the Open Source Hardware Association and I help put together the Open Hardware Summit.

Prior to working at Planet i co-founded two success start-up Tempo Automation and SightMachine. Prior to founding those two start-ups I worked at really awesome research and development company called Cybernet Systems. While I was at Cybernet I did computer vision, augmented reality, and robotics research.

Education:
I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2005 with dual degrees in computer engineering and electrical engineering. To put myself through school I worked as a research assistant with a couple of really awesome labs where I did research on MEMS neural prosthetics and the RHex Robot (a cousin to the Big Dog robot you may be familiar with). In 2010 I decided to go back to school to get my masters degree at Columbia University. I majored in computer science with a focus on computer vision and robotics. It was at the tail end of grad school that I got bit by the start-up bug and helped start Sight Machine.

Hobbies:
My hobbies are currently constrained by my tiny apartment in San Francisco, but I like to build and make stuff (art, hardware, software, etc) in my spare time. I am also really into music so I go to a lot of live shows. As I’ve gotten older I’ve found that I need to exercise if I want to stay in front of a screen so I like to walk, bike, and do pilates. I am also the owner of three pet rats. I started keeping rats after working with them in the lab during college.
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PyDev of the Week: Brian E. Granger

This week we welcome Brian E. Granger (@ellisonbg) as our PyDev of the Week! Brian is an early core contributor of the IPython Notebook and now leads the Project Jupyter Notebook team. He is also an Associate Professor of Physics and Data Science at California Polytechnic State University. You can also check out what projects he is working on over at Github. Let’s take a few moments to get to know Brian better!

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

I am going to start with the fun stuff. Since high school I have been playing the guitar, swimming and meditating. It is hard to be disciplined, but I couldn’t survive without a regular practice of these things. Doing intellectual work, such as coding, for long periods of time (decades) is really taxing on the mind, and that spills over to the body. I truly love coding, but these other things are the biggest reason I am still coding productively at 45.

In some ways, I look like a pretty traditional academic, with a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, followed by a postdoc and now a tenured faculty position in the Physics Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Along the way, I started building open-source software and that has slowly overtaken my entire professional life. Fernando Pérez (IPython’s creator) and I were classmates in graduate school; I began working on IPython around 2005. Fernando remains a dear friend and the best collaborator I could ever ask for. The vision for the IPython/Jupyter notebook came out of a late night discussion over ice cream with him in 2004. It took us until 2011 to ship the original IPython Notebook. Since then my main research focus has been on Project Jupyter and other open-source tools for data science and scientific computing. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Brian E. Granger

PyDev of the Week: Dave Forgac

This week we welcome Dave Forgac as our PyDev of the Week! Dave is an organizer of PyOhio, ClePy, and the Cleveland API Meetup. He also gave a presentation about sharing your code at PyCon 2017 that you can watch below:

Dave also has a website that lists his other talks. You might also find his Github profile interesting. Let’s take a few moments to get to know Dave better!

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

I work as a Sr. Software Engineer at American Greetings in the greater Cleveland, OH area. There I focus mainly on API design and development, application deployment, and internal developer experience.

I grew up in Cleveland and took a few semesters of college classes before losing a scholarship and taking some time off. I moved to Wilmington, DE in ‘03 and eventually went back to school and finished a degree in Information Systems eight years later than planned (it’s never too late!) I moved back to the Cleveland area with my wife in 2011. We now have a 3.5 year old and a newborn keeping us busy.

I enjoy playing with my kids, walking around town with my family, cooking, brewing, hiking, and tabletop gaming. I’ve really been enjoying 5th edition D&D lately. I also have a bunch of “toy” programming projects that I work on when I find time.

Lately I’ve spent a lot more of my own time doing community organizing than I have coding. I help organize a couple local meetups and and PyOhio. I’m the PyOhio 2017 Program Chair and just finalized the schedule. You should check out PyOhio some time! Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Dave Forgac

PyDev of the Week on Hiatus

I don’t know if anyone noticed something amiss this week, but the PyDev of the Week series is currently on hiatus. I have been having trouble getting interviewees to get the interviews done in a timely manner the last month or so and actually ended up running out.

While I have a bunch of new interviewees lined up, none of them have actually finished the interview. So I am suspending the series for the month of July 2017. Hopefully I can get several lined up for August and get the series kicked back into gear. If not, then it will be suspended until I have a decent number of interviews done.

If you happen to have any suggestions for Pythonistas that you would like to see featured here in the PyDev of the Week series, feel free to leave a comment or contact me.

PyDev of the Week: David Wolever

This week we welcome David Wolever (@wolever) as our PyDev of the Week. David is the co-founder of PyCon Canada and Akindi.com – a small company that’s making multiple-choice bubble sheet tests a little bit less terrible. He is also the author of the nose-parameterized project and the pprint++ project. You can also check out what other projects he contributes to on Github. Let’s take a few moments to get to know David!

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

I’m a long-time Python fan and startup founder from Toronto, Canada. I dropped out of software engineering at the University of Toronto when I realized that I was interested in building software, not proving runtime bounds of graph search algorithms (although I’m incredibly grateful to the people who do enjoy that), and I’ve been working with small startups ever since.

I’m the CTO of my company, Akindi, makes Scantron-style multiple choice bubbles sheets a little bit less terrible.

In 2012 some friends and I started PyCon Canada, and I’m incredibly excited that it’s going to be held in Montréal this year (get your tickets now, because they’re going to sell out: https://pycon.ca)

Outside of computers, I’m really into knots (top three: alpine butterfly, jug sling hitch, chain sinnet) and motorcycling.

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PyDev of the Week: Aileen Nielsen

This week we welcome Aileen Nielsen as our PyDev of the Week. Aileen has been using Python in the data science field for a while now. She recently gave a tutorial on Time Series Analysis at PyCon 2017 and she also did a talk on NoSQL Python at PyData Amsterdam 2016. Let’s take a few moments to learn more about our fellow developer!

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

I’m a software engineer at One Drop, a diabetes management platform. We’re trying to help people better understand and manage their chronic conditions with the use of technology, data analysis, and expert coaching.

I spent a lot of time in school (law school, ABD in physics grad school), so I consider myself an eclectic person as far as academic interests, and I like to read non-fiction in lots of area. Right now I’m most interested in non-fiction books about spying and organized crime. My hobbies are traveling and hiking. When I’m not working, I try not to be in front of a screen.

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