Episode 001: What We Learned on Our PyCon Vacation


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By Mike Pirnat, David Noyes, Benjamin W. Smith, David Stanek, Mike Crute, Chris Miller, Mike Pirnat, David Noyes, Benjamin W. Smith, David Stanek, Mike Crute, and Chris Miller. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Welcome to the first episode of the podcast! These, my friends, are the Show Notes.

Introduction to Your Hosts

PyCon 2010 Reflections

  • Mike and Chris were impressed by the community and the group focus
  • Ruby sucks. Mike said it. Bring it, kids.
  • Titus likes Distribute and Pip. Who knows why?
  • What can we learn from PyCon for regional conferences like PyOhio?
  • Dave’s done a lot of thinking about testing
  • He finds that nothing lets him test the way he wants.
  • He uses nose, mock, and dingus
  • Mote might be good for BDD, but Dave finds it lacking.
  • Dave hates documentation. Tests could be like documentation, and would be more accurate over time.
  • Mote parses the output more like a narrative, almost like a spec, instead of …..F….
  • We work with a large system, and rest assured, code is not documentation. Tests could be.
  • Oh..we ramble about this for a while. PyCon? What’s PyCon? Oh…right…the Testing BOF.
  • There was a Testing Goat. Terry Peppers is somehow responsible for it. Mike Pirnat needed one. Gary Bernhardt was the goat. We want pictures. ‘Nuff said?
  • Look into Mike’s .vimrc. Behold the wonder.
  • Right. PyCon. Remember Pycon? David Beazley’s talk on the GIL was dead sexy.
  • The Brandon Rhodes’ discussion of the Dictionary Object. Awesome.
  • Chris thought Titus’s talk on Continuous Integration frameworks was great.
  • Oh look. Back to testing. We like talking about testing. Look for a show or two on testing. Wait! Don’t leave!
  • Chris was impressed with the diversity of the community and how friendly people were.
  • And about the vendors. What did we think about the vendors? We like Swag. And sometimes we buy books. And hats.
  • “I use vim, so I don’t really need an IDE.” Flame. Discuss.
  • We generally have a good opinion of companies using open source and who participate in the community.
  • We enjoyed hacking together, especially on Mike’s snakeplan.
  • We need DCVS achievements. Like games. But better.
  • Catherine Devlin’s cmd2 was sweet.
  • You might be eaten by a grue.
  • Python is used by the military to create simulations. Thanks, Eric Silverman!
  • Atlanta, however, was…meh. We’d prefer Cleveland. We’re not biased. Nope. And it’s not Detroit, right?


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