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#77: You Don't Have To Be a Workaholic To Win

Published Sat, May 12, 2018, recorded Sat, May 12, 2018

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Brian #1: Why Senior Devs Write Dumb Code

  • Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.” - Kent Beck
  • Code that is clean, straightforward, obvious, and easy to read actually takes practice to achieve.
  • Follow principles like YAGNI, Singe Responsibility, DRY, etc.
  • Avoid clever one-liners, weird abstractions.
  • Esoteric language features.
  • Code needs to be readable and easily understood while under time and stress pressure.

Michael #2: GeoAlchemy 2

  • GeoAlchemy 2 provides extensions to SQLAlchemy for working with spatial databases.
  • GeoAlchemy 2 focuses on PostGIS. Aims to be simpler than its predecessor, GeoAlchemy.
  • Using it:
    • Connect (e.g. Postgres)
    • Declare a Mapping
          class Lake(Base):
               __tablename__ = 'lake'
               id = Column(Integer, primary_key=True)
               name = Column(String)
               geom = Column(Geometry('POLYGON'))
    • Create a table (via the engine)
    • Create an Instance of the Mapped Class
    • Inserts like standard SQLAlchmey
    • Spatial Query
          from sqlalchemy import func
          query = session.query(Lake).filter(
                   func.ST_Contains(Lake.geom, 'POINT(4 1)'))
          query = session.query(,

Brian #3: QtPyConvert

  • An automatic Python Qt binding transpiler to the abstraction layer.
  • QtPyConvert supports the following bindings out of the box:
  • Conversions leave code comments in place, with the help of RedBaron
  • Converts to
    • Minimal Python 2 & 3 shim around all Qt bindings - PySide, PySide2, PyQt4 and PyQt5

Michael #4: You Don't Have To Be a Workaholic To Win: 13 Alternative Ways To Stand Out

  • Do we have to kill ourselves to get ahead?
  • Don’t busy-brag
  • Max Q analogy
  • The tips
  1. Creativity
  2. Stubbornness
  3. Curiosity
  4. Kindness
  5. Planning
  6. Improvisation
  7. Enthusiasm
  8. Communication
  9. Presence
  10. Collaboration
  11. Willingness
  12. Patience
  13. Institutional Knowledge

Brian #5: RedBaron

  • RedBaron is a python library to make the process of writing code that modify source code as easy and as simple as possible.
    • writing custom refactoring, generic refactoring, tools,
  • Used by QtPyConvert to achieve the conversion while leaving code comments in place
  • Uses the full syntax tree, FST. Like an AST, but keeps all information, including comments and formatting.
  • possible uses:
    • rename a variable in a source file... without clashing with things that are not a variable (example: stuff inside a string)
    • inline a function/method
    • extract a function/method from a series of line of code
    • split a class into several classes
    • split a file into several modules
    • convert your whole code base from one ORM to another
    • do custom refactoring operation not implemented by IDE

Michael #6: Project Beeware AppStore

  • Project BeeWare has just released its first iPhone app made in Python using its Briefcase tool.
  • Simple travel app for currency and tip calculations
  • Briefcase: A distutils extension to assist in packaging Python projects as standalone applications. Briefcase is a tool for converting a Python project into a standalone native application. You can package projects for:
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • iPhone/iPad
    • Android
    • AppleTV
    • tvOS
  • While there are other Python GUI toolkits aiming to enable Python developers to build and deploy iOS apps, like for instance the very nice Pythonista app, the BeeWare project is a bit different because it aims at cross-platform compatibility and native widgets with a set of different tools, like Briefcase and Toga.


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