This week we welcome Nikita Sobolev (@sobolevn) as our PyDev of the Week! Nikita is the founder of wemake.services. Nikita also writes a technical blog that you should check out. You can also see what he's working on over on GitHub.
Let's take a few moments to get to know Nikita better!
Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):
My name is Nikita Sobolev, I was born and raised in the middle of Siberia (city of Novosibirsk, Russia). Siberia is mostly known for:
I enjoy all of these things 🙂
Now I live and work in one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Saint Petersburg. An interesting fact about my career: I've always worked for the same company. I started my own consulting business while I was still a student. I am still employed there!
I spend a lot of time reading about history or watching movies. It helps me to distract from the technical stuff and brings humanitarian parts into my life. I also teach as a hobby, I dedicate several hours a week giving lectures about Python, web development, and testing for local Universities.
Why did you start using Python?
I've learned Python while I was in the University myself, it was a part of my course, which is awesome because it was a long time ago.
Then I used TurboGears (is it still alive!?) to collect some data about drivers and hardware in a client's custom UNIX build.
I fell in love with Python from the very first project. I've completely switched from Java to Python afterwards. I have used it for more than 10 years now, and never looked back!
What other programming languages do you know and which is your favorite?
I know a lot of languages due to my duties. As CTO of a consulting company I have to work with different technologies our clients have, I also have to be informed about the pros and cons of different stacks to make better technical decisions.
I frequently use:
I would love to use Haskell more often, but it does not seem to be realistic at this point. I also want to spend more time with theorem provers and TLA+.
What projects are you working on now?
My main project for the next couple of years is to make my open-source work sustainable. There's a long road ahead.
Right now I primarily work on several open-source projects:
Which Python libraries are your favorite (core or 3rd party)?
How did you get into presenting at Python conferences / meetups?
One of my colleagues was a co-organizer of Python meetups in Moscow. It was a natural thing to apply at some point. Then, I made a lot of friends in the Russian Python community and people kinda liked my talks. So, I started to do it more often.
It also had a positive influence on my consulting business: new clients, new contracts, etc.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers or speakers?
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