Category Archives: PyDevOfTheWeek

PyDev of the Week: Christy Heaton

This week we welcome Christy Heaton (@christytoes) as our PyDev of the Week! Christy is a blogger for the Python Software Foundation. You can see what she’s up to via her Github page or by checking out her website. Let’s take some time to get to know her better!

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

I studied Anthropology and later Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS was the perfect field for me because it brought together my interest in people, technology, and mapping. I now work as a GIS project manager and am a GIS and Python instructor at the University of Washington. In terms of hobbies, I love bringing people together with common interests which is why I help to organize PyLadies Seattle and Maptime Seattle. I’m also a blogger for the Python Software Foundation. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Christy Heaton

PyDev of the Week: Nicholas Hunt-Walker

This week we welcome Nicholas Hunt-Walker (@nhuntwalker) as our PyDev of the Week! Nicholas studied to be an astrophysicist and then decided to switch to teaching programming and software development. You can find out more about what Nicholas is up to over on his website, Rational Whimsey or possibly see him at a Python conference. He is currently booked to speak at PyCascades later this month and PyCaribbean in February. Let’s take a few moments to get to know him better!

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

My name is Nick and I’m currently a lead instructor of web and software development at the Seattle-area coding school, Code Fellows. I hail from Elmont, New York where I spent most of my life before I left for grad school in Seattle in 2010. Before leaving NY I obtained a bachelor’s in Physics and Mathematics from the City University of New York at York College and participated in Columbia University’s Bridge to the Ph.D. program. It was during that latter stint that I gained my first real hobby besides video games, the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. I’ve been practicing it off and on ever since, and it remains one of my truest loves. I also like stealing things as a rogue in Dungeons and Dragons, bouldering, casual rowing, and a bit of hiking here in the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Nicholas Hunt-Walker

PyDev of the Week: Brian Ray

This week we welcome Brian Ray as our PyDev of the Week! Brian is the author / speaker for Python From Scratch Life Lessons from Pearson. He is the founders and the former chair of ChiPy, the Chicago Python users group. Let’s take a few moments to get to know Brian better!

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

While pursuing a Liberal Art education I started consulting in computers. Prior to that, I could be found hacking away on my IBM PC JR at home and on the Apple Macintosh computers donated to Culver Military Academy boarding school in the early 90s. I took that knowledge for profit while enjoying a fruitful career in programming for the past 22 years. As a hobby, I have enjoyed the Arts, Culinary delights, home life in Chicago, and travel.

I have eaten my way across the globe especially in US and Asia. Any given day I may be found lugging my laptop across borders and always seem to find myself back in Chicago for the monthly Chicago Python User Group (ChiPy) meetings. I enjoy stopping in to other Python related meetups like to visit Don Sheu (and PuPPy – Seattle User Group) or to hear Python folks talk around the globe. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Brian Ray

PyDev of the Week: Lynn Root

This week we welcome Lynn Root (@roguelynn) as our PyDev of the Week! Lynn is an organizer for PyLadies and PyCon 2017. She was doing some of the master of ceremonies duties when I was attending PyCon this year.  She is also a speaker at various Python Conferences including Pycon, EuroPython, and DjangoCon, among others. You can see what she’s up to over on her website. Let’s take some time getting to know her better!

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

I have a bachelors degree in business, focusing on economics and finance. But I got sick of Excel spreadsheets and learned to code instead.

I work at Spotify in New York as a Site Reliability Engineer, which basically means I either break our entire service, or get paged to fix it when others do. In actuality, an SRE at Spotify means backend development for infrastructure, writing & maintaining services that others use daily. I also evangelize Free and Open Source Software internally and help fellow engineers release their projects.

Work and programming in general is a big part of my life, but outside of that, I dabble in watercolor painting, knitting, and swimming. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Lynn Root

PyDev of the Week: Damián Avila

This week we welcome Damián Avila as our PyDev of the Week! Damián works for Anaconda, an open source distribution of Python and R with a heavy focus on data science. He is also the author of RISE, a Jupyter/IPython Slideshow Extension. You can get a feel for what Damián is up to over on Github or by checking out his website. Let’s spend some time getting to know our fellow Pythonista better!

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

Sure!

Nowadays, I am a Software Developer and team Leader at Anaconda, Inc. In my previous life, I graduated as Biochemist from the U.N.L.P, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In fact, I currently live in Córdoba, Argentina with my partner Daniela and my cat, Bituinas, but every other week I travel to Buenos Aires (700 km away) where my 5 years old son, Facundo, lives with his mother and I spend some days with him.

My main focus of interests are Data Science, Finance, Data Visualization and the Jupyter/IPython ecosystem. In the Open Source area, I have made meaningful contributions to several projects, and now I am a core developer of popular projects, such as Jupyter, Nikola and Bokeh.

I have also started my own projects being RISE (a “live” slideshow machinery for the Jupyter/IPython notebook) the most popular one.

I have presented talks, tutorials and posters in several national and international conferences and I have also written and taught tutorials about the Scientific Python ecosystem. I am part of Python Argentina, Scientific Python Argentina and PyData Argentina communities and I am also a Jupyter Steering Council Member.

Fun fact, I have practiced Aikido for several years and I am currently trying to come back to the regular practice. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Damián Avila

PyDev of the Week: Anthony Tuininga

This week we welcome Anthony Tuininga as our PyDev of the Week! Anthony is the creator of the cx_Freeze library among several others in the cx Suite.  You can get a feel for what he’s currently working on over on Github. Let’s take some time to get to know Anthony better!

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

I grew up in a small town in the central interior of British Columbia, Canada. In spite of it being a small town, my school managed to acquire a personal computer shortly after they were made available. I was fascinated and quickly became the school guru. That experience convinced me that computers and especially programming were in my future. I moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in order to attend university and ended up staying there permanently. Instead of only taking computing science courses I ended up combining them with engineering and received a computer engineering degree. After university I first worked for a small consulting firm, then for a large consulting firm and am now working for the software company, Oracle, in the database group. Besides working with computers I enjoy reading and both cross-country and downhill skiing.

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PyDev of the Week: Charles R Harris

This week we welcome Charles R. Harris as our PyDev of the Week. Charles is a core developer of NumPy, one of Python’s most popular scientific computing libraries. He has been working on NumPy since it was still called Numeric. He is also a core developer of SciPy. Let’s take some time to get to know Charles better!

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

I have an undergraduate degree in physics and a doctorate in mathematics. Like many with similar backgrounds, I ended up doing many things not directly related: optical and electrical design, spectroscopy, data analysis, and programming. My final niche before retirement was as the mathematical go to guy for the engineers that I worked with. Now that I am retired my hobbies are few, mostly reading science fiction and fantasy with a sprinkling of math and physics texts. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Charles R Harris

PyDev of the Week: Ruud van der Ham

This week we welcome Ruud van der Ham as our PyDev of the Week! Ruud is the creator of the Salabim project. Let’s take some time getting to know him a bit better!

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

I have always worked in the port industry as a professional in the field of terminal planning, algorithm design, data science (although we didn’t use that term yet). Now that I am semi-retired in the south of France I am active as a consultant and as a Python programmer. I graduated from Delft University in applied math, and did a batchelor in Economics at Rotterdam University.

Why did you start using Python?

Actually it was a friend of mine who was doing very interesting projects for the Dutch railroad who introduced me to Python. And although I found the syntax a bit strange, I fell in love with it. With my experience of other languages (see below) it was not difficult to make a quick start.

What helped me enormously was the excellent iPad Python implementation (Pythonista). Actually I do a lot of development more or less simultaneously on iPad and Windows (with Wing IDE). Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Ruud van der Ham

PyDev of the Week: Adrian Rosebrock

This week we welcome Adrian Rosebrock (@PyImageSearch) as our PyDev of the Week. Adrian is the author of several books on Python and OpenCV. He is also the author of PyImageSearch.com, a very popular Python blog that focuses on computer vision. Let’s take some time to get to know him a bit better!

Can you tell us about yourself and PyImageSearch?

Hi Mike, thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed on PyDev of the Week.

My name is Adrian Rosebrock. I have Ph.D in computer science with a focus in computer vision and machine learning from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

I blog over at PyImageSearch.com about Python, computer vision, and deep learning. Over the past few years running PyImageSearch I have written a handful of books/courses, including:

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