Top 10 Sessions at PyCon 2018

Top 10 Sessions at PyCon 2018

PyCon has a very nice history of releasing videos of all of their sessions in a very timely manner. Although, it's up to me to actually have time to watch them.

Now that I've gone through several videos I wanted to share the top ten of them that I think will give the most to people who are interested in which sessions they should watch.

Python 2 to 3: How to Upgrade and What Features to Start Using by Trey Hunner

With the announcement of Python 2 coming to a complete end in the very beginning of 2020, it's a good idea to start thinking of how to upgrade your existing Python 2 code to Python 3. Trey gives a great talk on ways you can start upgrading and the best features of Python 3 you can start using.

You're an expert. Here's how to teach like one by Shannon Turner

Shannon goes through some nice tips on how to better teach programming. These tips, I believe, also can help you give better presentations, as well.

Building a cross-platform native app with BeeWare by Russell Keith-Magee

This was a cool one to watch. Using BeeWare we were able to see Russell show how to create, not only desktop applications, but mobile applications. This is pretty big because Python isn't known for creating mobile applications, but now that we have BeeWare perhaps it's time that it is.

Oops! I Committed My Password To GitHub by Miguel Grinberg

I'm sure we've all encountered or, at least, worried about our credentials and API keys getting checked into GitHub for all to see. Miguel talks about how to resolve it if it does happen and also goes into ways to prevent it from happening again.

Elegant Solutions For Everyday Python Problems by Nina Zakharenko

In this talk, Nina goes over several interesting Python tricks that you could use to up your Python game. Such solutions that she provides are:

  • Named tuples
  • Decorators
  • Context managers

Using Python to build an AI to play and win SNES StreetFighter II by Adam Fletcher and Jonathan Mortensen

This was a fun one to watch. Adam and Jonathan go into how they used StreetFighter II for reinforcement learning. They detail how they coded it and what they found when they first started letting the AI play the game.

The Journey Over the Intermediate Gap by Sara Packman

I'm sure we've all had some imposter syndrome at some point. Having that can hinder improving ourselves as developers. Sara goes over what she did to get out of the pleateau of stagnating at an intermediate level and offers tips on how we can do the same.

Learning From Failure: Post Mortems by Alex Gaynor

You often learn best from failure. In this talk Alex goes over that failure happens and you have to learn from it. He then goes into that one of the best ways to do that is by writting a post mortem of the project which can serve as documentation and allow others who weren't part of the project learn from it as well.

Dataclasses: The code generator to end all code generators by Raymond Hettinger

New in Python 3.7, data classes are a new way to build, well, data classes. In this talk Raymond goes over what you get when you use a data class, compares it to named tuples, and offers an example of using data classes.

Bayesian Non-parametric Models for Data Science using PyMC3 by Christopher Fonnesbeck

In this talk Christopher goes over PyMC3, a packge to build Bayesian statistical models, and how to use it to build non-parametric, or parameters that scale with your data, models.

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