Advocacy


I recently came across a post by BusinessInsider that claimed that Python was one of the top eight languages to have on your resume in 2016. Python comes in at 6th place. However, the article cites an article on CodingDojo as its source of information, which was talking about “The 8 Most In-Demand Programming Languages of 2015”. If you look at both articles, you’ll see that BusinessInsider basically just rewrote CodingDojo’s article and then redirected its readers to various Udemy courses, which is an affiliate of theirs.

I also want to point out that BusinessInsider calls Python “a scripting language like JavaScript”, which is not at all how CodingDojo described it. Python is way more than a scripting language. I’ve been using Python for almost 10 years and most of my work with Python during that time was not scripting.

Regardless, I thought you, dear reader, might find the whole thing interesting. Personally I think you should take Python for spin if you haven’t already, but I’m pretty biased.

This week we welcome Ryan Mitchell (@Kludgist) as our PyDev of the Week. Ryan is the author of Web Scraping with Python and Instant Web Scraping with Java. Let’s spend some time getting to know Ryan better.

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This week we welcome Carol Willing (@WillingCarol) as our PyDev of the Week. Let’s spend some time learning more about our fellow Pythonista!

 

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

I love Python! The language, the libraries, and the community. I’ve met so many talented, creative Pythonistas in my Python journey, and you inspire me.

I work as an independent consultant in San Diego, spend time teaching and creating as a Geek in Residence at Fab Lab San Diego, and contribute to open source software and hardware as a developer, writer, and teacher. My days are filled with writing lots of code, taking apart vintage electronics, and encouraging others to fabricate their ideas with code, Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, and wearable electronics. The Fab Lab is a special place, and I’ve been nurturing a Gentle Code Garden there. The Gentle Code Garden is a cross between a Python sprint, an inclusive hackerspace, and a community garden. 

My hobbies, such as restoring musical instruments, playing guitar/ukulele, tidepooling, and succulent gardening, are strongly influenced by my education and interests. My formal education includes an Electrical Engineering degree from Duke and an MS in Management from MIT with a focus on econometrics and technical innovation. I’m a voracious nonfiction reader, music lover, and a friendly introvert who enjoys hearing the creative thoughts and ideas of others.

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This week we welcome Michael Fogleman as our PyDev of the Week! Mr. Foglebird has been helping out Python programmers prodigiously on StackOverflow for quite some time. I know I’ve appreciated some of his answers when I’ve gone to look for help. He has a large list of personal programming projects on his website that are well worth a look through. Let’s take some time to learn some more about him.

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This week we welcome Tracy Osborn as our PyDev of the Week. She is active in the Django portion of the Python universe. Let’s spend some time getting to know her.

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This week we welcome Trey Hunner (@treyhunner) as our PyDev of the Week! Trey writes a programming blog which is worth your time checking out. He is quite active in his local Python community as well as the worldwide community. Let’s spend some time getting to know Trey.

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This week we welcome Christopher Clarke (@realchrisdev) as our PyDev of the Week. Christopher writes a Python blog that is worth your time perusing. You might also find his github profile interesting. Let’s spend some time getting to know him better!

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This week we welcome Matthew Nuzum as our PyDev of the Week. Matthew has recently completed a Django training video that is being published by Packt Publishing. Let’s spend some time getting to know him better!

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This week we welcome Kenneth Love as our PyDev of the Week. He is active in the Python community via the Portland chapter of Django Ladies. He works for Team Treehouse creating Python courses. Let’s spend some time getting to know him better.

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This week we welcome Melanie Crutchfield as our PyDev of the week! Let’s spend some time getting to know her better!

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