PyTennessee 2017 Day 2

Some of our party were feeling ill for the second day of PyTN, so we made it as far as my talk, and then had to boogey out of there.

Let’s see what I went to though:


Keynote: A deeper look at the Operating System by Sophie Rapaport (@sfrapoport)

Sophie was a good speaker, keeping us engaged for most of the talk.  While I knew most of the stuff from before, due to operating systems and working on embedded systems,it was still nice to see Sophie explain that even just with Python, you can start learning about under the hood parts of the language without diving into C.  I think it was a nice talk for all the people who had no OS experience before.  She also was able to relate to why we should care, and I’ve always liked when a speaker finds a way to connect the why with the how.


Scraping a great data set to predict Oscars by Deborah Hanus (@deborahhanus)

This was a nice quick talk about the methodology Deborah used to complete one of our course projects.  Her goal was to predict box office hits and Oscars using data science.  She walked through how to scrape data from multiple sources, how to analyze and clean data, and then how to present it.   I didn’t find too much of this revolutionary, but it did offer a glimpse into how easy it may be to grab a data set and go to town on it.

Lunch Lightning Talks

This was another set of good lightning talks.  We heard about writing great tutorials, Legacy Python vs Python 2, and a few others that I can’t remember

What Time is it Anyway by Greg Back (@gtback)

This was another quick talk discussing the options that you have in Python of how to get timing right.  We explored what the standard library gave us (which is great if you need to be timezone naive), and what some other libraries offered (including up to date timezone information.

BDD To The Bone by Pat Viafore (@PatViaforever)

So this was my talk!  It went quite well in my opinion, but I’m biased.  I didn’t get the audience I was hoping for (~25 people) but I saw a lot of vigorous nodding so I got some things right.  I had some immediate feedback and questions, which means people were interested.  I talked to some QA engineers from Emma, and some local Huntsville people and had some good discussions on how BDD can help people.

I had some nerves in the beginning, but I think the talk went smoothly.  See for yourself at


We were so tired after all this though, we skipped the last two talks and headed home.  It was another great conference.  I wish I took some more time to meet more people, but I’ll have another chance when we go next year.

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