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#331: Python From the Future

Published Wed, Apr 12, 2023, recorded Tue, Apr 11, 2023
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Michael #1: makeapp

  • via Felix Ingram
  • Simplifies Python application rollout and publishing.
  • Link to its mention on Talk Python.
  • Simplifies Python application rollout and publishing:
    • Make a skeleton for your new application with one console command
    • Automatically create a VCS repository for your application.
    • Automatically check whether the chosen application name is not already in use.
    • Customize new application layouts with skeleton templates.
    • Put some skeleton default settings into a configuration file not to mess with command line switches anymore.
    • Easily add entries to your changelog.
    • Publish your application to remotes (VCS, PyPI) with single command.

Brian #2: Looking forward to Python 3.12

  • We’re on 3.12.0a7 now, the last alpha, final is scheduled for October
  • So far, in 3.12.0a7
  • What’s new in Python 3.12 page has some examples of the Improved Error Messages
  • Recent addition, PEP 684 - A Per-Interpreter GIL was approved recently
    • “… sufficient isolation would facilitate true multi-core parallelism …” seems like a good thing.
    • But also, “… this is an advanced feature meant for a narrow set of users of the C-API. “, so not really sure how this will affect us.
    • Still, seems cool.

Michael #3: Python 3.11.3 is out

  • Fixes a HIGH level CVE in OpenSSL (so patch it)
  • Lots of changes in Core and Builtins

Brian #4: How to Make a Great Conference Talk

  • Sebastian Witowski
  • Lots of great advice for tech conf talks.
  • Don’t skip the last half of this, getting your talk accepted is really when the work starts.
  • Good sections to make sure you don’t miss
    • Live demos
      • “First of all - do you really need a demo? …”
    • Rehearsing
      • Don’t skip this. Do this. A lot. Out loud. With a timer. While standing.
      • Memorize the first few minutes, and the last few.
      • Know how you’re going to open and close.
    • Night before
      • get enough sleep
    • Day of
      • eat well. Don’t drink too much liquids. Be comfortable.
  • Sebastian was honest in saying this stuff works for him, but do what works for you.
  • From Brian:
    • I deviate from Sebastian in quite a few places, but still don’t disagree with his advice.
    • I can’t give a talk without slides, as I use them for prompts to know what I’m talking about next.
      • My talks usually have a lot of code snippets. Obviously, that would be difficult without slides.
      • I write my talk and my slides in Markdown. Sebastian writes in something else, then builds slides as visual aids. That’s cool.
      • Do what works for you.
  • Bonus tool from the article:
    • demo-magic - If I’m ever tempted to live code again, I think I’ll try this instead.




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