Python 4 Fun

I have a portion of a talk at Silicon Valley Code Camp! I’ll be discussing Python w/ Azure. So far, I’ve been ramping up on Python so I can keep the talk relevant. In my learning I’ve come across some really awesome cultural tidbits that contribute to the awesomeness of Python Development.

  1. First Guido van Rossum, he is the Author of python. He is “Gawky and proud of it.
  2. Python is written as Guido intended er… indented it.
  3. PEPs or Python Enhancement Proposals are the way the Python community provides design documentation. Some contain Easter eggs and/or philosophical life lessons. They drive the progress of Python.
  4. The Zen of Python. This is what really blew me away about Python’s culture. PEP 20 is the Zen of Python. A philosophical view of how Python is written and helps developers maintain readable, beautiful code. Its absolutely wonderful maybe worth memorizing, and totally worth reading. You can access the Zen of Python simply by entering “import this” in the REPL. Ahhh so relaxing.

There are many great resources to get started with Python if this seems to align your Chakra. (Tobiah said this earlier today and it made me laugh)

The Hard Way
learnpython.org
The Codeacademy Way

If you’re a student or teacher check to see if you have access to Lynda.com or Pluralsight as they both have great tutorial videos.

Sublime text is a great editor for getting started.
And Visual Studio has some great tools for python development. Scott Hanselman has a great blog for getting started with VS.

Let me know if you have any questions or feedback in the comments below!

Steven with the Kannon
You can even write Kinect Applications with Python! Just click the photo to be taken to the openKinect wiki.

Meatspace 5

Photos from the Meatspace

The Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is my New Space Needle. Every once in a while you have to take a photo.
My Cousin Michael (Mikey) Holds a little frog we found on the Bike path in Sunriver.
My Cousin Michael (Mikey) Holds a little frog we found on the Bike path in Sunriver.

Poang Chair from Ikea in Box and Completed
Lego : Child :: Ikea : Transitioning Adult
Andy's PseudoChampagne
Vandy drinking Prosecco. He’s basking in ironic joy.

TechCrunch Disrupt: Some things to know

TechCrunch Disrupt is an awesome event. Everyone I met was intelligent, hard working, and creative. The caliber of work produced blew me away. I look forward to participating in the future, but this weekend I was on the sidelines at the Microsoft booth giving away T-Shirts and learning how to tweet. Still, the potential for learning and practice was great. So, I’ve compiled a short list of things I would have like to know before my first Hackathon.

  • Have a good camera, with the ability to quickly post photos.
  • Bring lots of food and drinks (Alcohol can help, Thanks Joe!)
  • Presentation Skills – Nail your 60 second pitch
  • Talk to everyone – Ask them what they’re doing
  • Spend some time researching technologies (Make sure promo codes work)
  • Soft T-Shirts go fast
  • Bring an Xbox
  • Set Up a demonstration of your technology. Have it ready when people have questions.
  • Have a #HashTag make it clear on your table.
  • Come up with a good Hashtag
  • Have examples of Azure usage available, what have other people done. What is it capable of? From very simple to very complicated implementations.

Let me know if you have any questions.

I had a great time at TechCrunch and look forward to watching some incredible projects develop into real solutions.