This week we welcome Anthony Sottile (@codewithanthony) as our PyDev of the Week! Anthony is one of the maintainers for the tox and pytest packages. He is also on the “deadsnakes” PPA team, which backports Python for certain EOL Linux distros. While you can discover a little about Anthony on his website, you will probably learn more from his Github profile.
Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):
From a young age, I was always fascinated with computers. Some of my earliest programs were written to simplify (read: _cheat_) on homework. A word document containing a rudimentary quadratic-formula-solving gui interface using visual basic was copied to quite a few floppy disks. I eventually switched to web development as it was a much more accessible distribution mechanism.
I attended the University of Michigan (go blue!) originally studying biochemistry. I wanted to change the world through medicine and research but two years into the program I decided to switch to my stronger passion. And after an intense scramble to squeeze a four year program into two years I graduated with a computer science degree!
Most of my personal time is spent biking (which I meticulously track in a fancy spreadsheet — 4600 miles logged this year). Some of my other passions are hiking, cooking, running, ski racing, playing violin, and writing a bit of poetry (is this a dating site?). And of course I spend a significant portion of time building and contributing to open source software 🙂
My crowning achievement is becoming a Pokémon master — not only completing a living Pokédex but enduring _extreme_ tedium by capturing every single possible shiny Pokémon legitimately. It’s all been downhill since then 🤣. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Anthony Sottile