#313: Programming Robots With a Marker
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- Michael: @firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brian: @email@example.com
- Special guest: Kelly Schuster-Paredes
- Special guest: Sean Tibor
Michael #1: How do you say that number?
- Inflect: fosstodon.org/@firstname.lastname@example.org/109430499504962727
# Inflect: import inflect inflector=inflect.engine() print(inflector.number_to_words(8675309)) # eight million, six hundred and seventy-five thousand, three hundred and nine # Num2Words from num2words import num2words print(num2words(8675309)) # eight million, six hundred and seventy-five thousand, three hundred and nine
Num2Words also has a CLI:
pipx install num2words
$ num2words 2948475
two million, nine hundred and forty-eight thousand, four hundred and seventy-five
Brian #2: The Origins of Python
- Lambert Meertens
- A wonderful tale starting with TELCOMP, traveling through ABC, and finally reaching Python.
- This is a long article, but a wonderful story.
- It includes a nice emphasis at all times to keep a language simple enough for the absolute beginner but powerful enough to not be annoying for experienced developers.
- A few quotes from the article:
- “Ease of learning and ease of use are both desirable attributes in any programming language. Nonetheless, I have often felt that this aspect of language design does not always receive the attention it deserves. And what may seem easy to a designer may not necessarily be easy for a language learner.”
- Regarding ABC: “To serve our intended users, absolute beginners, we sought to hide low-level implementation details and instead to provide powerful high-level, task-oriented features.
- Then Python: “The growth in popularity of Python, from its inception thirty years ago as a one-person effort flying under the radar, has been phenomenal, but not meteoric. Instead it has been a long, slow, and steady rise. Python’s ease of learning gave it a competitive advantage in a period when there was a perpetual need for more programmers. Its clean syntax and semantics make it easier to maintain a software base written in Python than other languages—an important consideration given that the cost of maintaining software dwarfs the cost of creating new software.”
- Ozobot Evo Introduces a Python Beta Version. (August 17, 2022)
- The original Ozobot model – the Ozobot Bit – is no longer available for purchase . The New Evo Ozobit- has three Kit options. The Entry Kit (single robot), the Ozobot Evo 12-Pack, and the Ozobot Evo 18-Pack.
- Still has the updated OzoBlockly platform for Block Programming.
- This tiny bot comes with:
- Line following
- Color detection
- proximity sensor
- Crash detection
- Students can even code functions
- Ozobot simulator(block) https://games.ozoblockly.com/shapetracer-freeform
- Web beta app: beta.python.ozobot.com
Michael #4: setproctitle
A Python module to customize the process title
Awesome for servers and anytime “python” is not enough
Easy to use directly:
from setproctitle import setproctitle
Used automatically by servers like uwsgi and gunicorn I believe.
### # uWSGI server configuration ### [uwsgi] # uWSGI provides some functionality which can help identify the workers procname-prefix = training- auto-procname = true
Some nice results, example from Talk Python Training
Brian #5: Looking forward to Python 3.12
- New features in 3.12a2
- Improved Error Messages
- lots of other goodies, like
- Release scheduled for Oct 2023
- But why wait? Start testing your projects with it now: Testing with Python 3.12
- Note that “During the alpha phase, features may be added up until the start of the beta phase (2023-05-08) and, if necessary, may be modified or deleted up until the release candidate phase (2023-07-31). Please keep in mind that this is a preview release and its use is not recommended for production environments.”
- Actually, with that note, you might want to wait. I don’t. I’ll deal with it when/if I get a failure.
Sean #6: Re:Invent 2022 EF Education Breakout
- Presentation at AWS Re:Invent 2022
- Complete redesign of online learning platform by one of the largest education companies in the world
- We’ve all seen Zoom classrooms with rows on rows of students
- A more immersive experience for learning with green screens, digital sets, and props
- Massive amount of analytics around student engagement and learning, including full transcription of every student, engagement tracking, and computer vision
- You can support the PSF if you’re selling things on EBay. Check “Donate a portion to charity” and choose “Python Software Foundation” via Joe Riedley
- Textinator for Windows (the Windows version of TextSniper)
- Paperlike for iPad
Kelly: A new Special Interest Group for the PSF launched 6 days ago. “Edu-sig, through its mailing list, provides an informal venue for comparing notes and discussing future possibilities for Python in education.” Led by Timothy Wilson.
- Dr. Werner Vogel’s keynote - everything is coming up async
- EventBridge Pipes
And a new mastodon user: