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 Jeff Triplett @webology as our PyDev of the Week. He is the co-founder of the Django Events Foundation North America (DEFNA) and the current chair of DjangoCon US 2016. Let’s spend a few minutes getting to know him better!

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

I moved to Lawrence, KS in 2007 to work at the Lawrence Journal-World where Django was invented. I now work at Revolution Systems (Revsys) in Lawrence, KS as a developer and a consultant.

I am a co-founder of the Django Events Foundation North America (DEFNA), Conference Chair for DjangoCon US 2015 and 2016, and I co-organized Django Birthday to celebrate the 10 year birthday of Django in its birthplace in Lawrence.

I am a member of a local trail running group, I love basketball, and I love dreaming about traveling in an airstream across America.

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This week we welcome Fabio Zadrozny (@fabiofz) as our PyDev of the Week. He is the current force behind the PyDev project, a Python IDE for Eclipse. Fabio works on many other projects, as you will see if you check out his github profile. Let’s spend some time getting to know him better.

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This week we welcome Mahesh Venkitachalam (@electronutIN) as our PyDev of the Week. He is the author of Python Playground: Geeky Projects for the Curious Programmer from No Starch Press. Mahesh has a very interesting blog that contains a lot of articles about hardware hacking. I recommend checking it out.

Now let’s spend some time getting to know him better.

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This week we welcome Florian Bruhin as our PyDev of the Week. Let’s spend some time getting to know our fellow Pythonista!

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

My name is Florian Bruhin, I’m currently 22.9 years old, and living in Switzerland.

I’m working as an electronical engineer (though, ironically, spending most time writing Python running on PCs), and plan to start studying computer science next year.

My primary hobby is a python project which got a bit bigger than I thought it would 😉

Other than that I enjoy swimming and spending quite some time in trains. I’m not sure if this is a hobby or a necessity though 😉

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No Starch Press recently sent me a book called Python Playground: Geeky Projects for the Curious Programmer by Mahesh Venkitachalam to review. I don’t normally get books from that publisher so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the book is quite good. But I won’t provide any spoilers here as we have a quick review to do!


Quick Review

  • Why I picked it up: I got it for free, but the description of the book made me want to get it too.
  • Why I finished it: It’s very well written and the projects are definitely geeky and fun.
  • I’d give it to: A programmer who is also a math nerd or who just wants ideas for a new, fun project.

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I’m putting my book, Python 101, on sale for the rest of the month of December. You can now get it for 50% off of the eBook by using the following offer code: xmas2015

This code also works for pre-ordering the Python 101 Screencast, which is a series of videos based on the Python 101 book. There are currently 29 of the 44 videos that are finished, but there will be more by the end of the week. Enjoy!

This week we would like to welcome Marc-Andre Lemburg (@malemburg) as our PyDev of the Week. Mr. Lemburg is a Python core developer and entrepreneur. He owns his own business eGenix and writes about Python on his blog. He is one of the founding members of the Python Software Foundation and is currently a board member of the group. He is also a board member of the EuroPython Society. Let’s take some time to get to know him better!

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This week we welcome Nick Coghlan (@ncoghlan_dev) as our PyDev of the Week. Nick is a core developer of the Python language. He also write a pretty intense Python blog. Let’s take some time to hear what he has to say.

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Last month I wrote about context managers and a company called Webucator asked me for my permission to turn the article into a screencast. It ended up looking pretty good. Check it out below:

Webucator has other Python related training too. I don’t know much about them, but if this video is any indication, I think they would be worth checking out.

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