Category Archives: Advocacy

PyDev of the Week: Barry Warsaw

This week we welcome Barry Warsaw (@pumpichank) as our PyDev of the Week! Barry works on the Ubuntu operating system for Canonical and he’s the project leader for GNU Mailman. He also used to be the lead maintainer for the Jython project. If you have the time, you should check out his website. Barry’s Github page is also worth a look to see what projects he finds interesting. Let’s take a few minutes to find out more about our fellow Pythonista!

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

I work for Canonical on the Ubuntu Foundations team, so we take care of the plumbing layer of Ubuntu. Roughly, it’s stuff like toolchains (interpreters, compilers, language runtimes, etc.), image building, installers, and general archive goodness. I try to keep the Python stack happy and over the last few Ubuntu releases have really been concentrating on switching Ubuntu to Python 3. I’m also a Debian Developer, so a lot of the more general work on Python happens there first, and then gets imported automatically into Ubuntu. We get especially busy when new Python versions are released, ensuring that transitions go smoothly. At work I’m also responsible for the “system image updater client” which is the piece of the Ubuntu Touch flavor that performs the atomic system upgrades on Ubuntu phones and tablets.

On the side, I’m a semi-professional musician, playing bass in several local bands, doing studio work for local artists, and writing in my own home studio. I’m also a tai chi practitioner for the last 15 years or so, studying Yang style short form, sword, push hands, and more recently qi gong.

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PyDev of the Week: Amber Brown

This week we welcome Amber Brown (@hawkieowl) as our PyDev of the Week. Amber is one of the core developers of the Twisted package. She has a fun little twisted blog that you might enjoy checking out. You can also see what Amber’s been up to by checking out her Github profile. She has also been interviewed by DjangoGirls. Let’s take a few moments to get to know her better!

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

I’m an Australian, born in Perth, but ultimately hailing from several small country towns along the west. I’m self-educated in software development and IT, and worked for half a decade in local government as IT, and the past three years in software development full-time. My hobbies are board/card games (Go and MTG, mostly!), video games (Factorio, XCOM 2), and the occasional photography. Programming isn’t so much a hobby for me as a life; it’s questionably healthy for me, I’m sure, but it is what it is! The most surprising aspect of me is generally my age, being 22. My middle name is Hawkie (from HawkOwl, my handle), and like most trans women, I enjoy salt and puns.

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PyDev of the Week: Georg Brandl

This week we welcome Georg Brandl (@birkenfeld) as our PyDev of the Week. Georg is a core developer of the Python language and has been for over 10 years. He is also a part of the Pocoo team. You can see what projects get him excited by checking out his Github profile. Let’s take a few moments to learn more about him!

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

I studied physics and during my PhD project was working at a large German research center, where software is a big part of conducting research, and external scientists come and use our facilitiy for their own experiments. Meanwhile I’m still at the same place, but working on that software as my main job. We’re using Python extensively, basically giving our guests a highly fancified Python shell as the main user interface.

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PyDev of the Week: Kenneth Reitz

This week we welcome Kenneth Reitz (@kennethreitz) as our PyDev of the Week! Kenneth is the developer behind the Requests package, which is one of my favorites. He is also the co-author of the upcoming O’Reilly Book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Python. You can visit his website to see what he’s been up to or visit his Github profile to see what projects he’s passionate about. Let’s take some time to get to know him better!

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

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Hi, my name is Kenneth Reitz. I have a deep love for excellent design, synthesizers, cameras, software, and Python. I create a great number of things, but my magnum opus is “Requests: HTTP for Humans”: one of the most widely-used Python packages available today.

Most of my day-time life revolves around Python and serving the Python Community. I am the Language Owner of Python at Heroku, where I wear many different hats. My evenings are typically filled with either more Python, taking and editing photos, producing electronic music, or consuming massive amounts of media (music, TV shows, films, articles, videos, books). I occasionally enjoy playing video games from my childhood.

I have an excellent education, despite dropping out of university (for computer science) within a year of arriving. Best decision I ever made! I consider myself an autodiadict, and do not learn well in a classroom setting.

I found out earlier this year that I have bipolar I disorder, which has been quite an adventure. It is both a blessing and a curse. I’ve learned quite a lot while going through the process of diagnosis, management, and cultivating a self-awareness around this.

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PyDev of the Week: R. David Murray

This week we welcome R. David Murray (@rdavidmurray) as our PyDev of the Week. Mr. Murray is a core developer of the Python language and is currently maintainer of the email module. He has a Python blog, although it hasn’t been updated in a while. You might want to check out his Github profile to see some of the other projects he is working on. Let’s spend some time getting to know our fellow Pythonista!

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

In my youth I thought I wanted to be a Particle Physicist.  Went to the University of Pennsylvania to study physics, and indulged my second love (computers, which at that time were just at the IBM mainframe/TRS 80 stage) by getting a work study job in the Physics Department computing facility.  By my second year there I had decided that Physics itself was just too…messy, but that I loved the math and especially working with computers.  So I graduated with a BA in computer mathematics, and have proceeded to use the computer half and not the math half for most of my career.

Outside of work, I love reading Science fiction and Contra Dancing which my wife and I do twice a week on average.  It keeps me healthy and feeling younger (I find the (live) music wonderful, and it is a dance form that attracts all ages, which is psychologically beneficial, and as an added benefit it is great exercise).

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Python One of Eight Languages to Have on Resume in 2016

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.

PyDev of the Week: Ryan Mitchell

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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PyDev of the Week: Carol Willing

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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PyDev of the Week: Michael Fogleman

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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PyDev of the Week: Tracy Osborn

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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