Upcoming Talks

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Apr 9th, 2020 The Live Coders Conference Remote Details / Live Stream: Twitch.tv/TheLiveCoders

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Learning Hardware With Makecode for Kids -- Live on Twitch!

I’ve always wished that I could have learned about working with hardware and electronics from a younger age. I hope to share what I’ve learned and hopefully inspire school-aged kids who are currently stuck at home. When and Where I’ll be live-streaming an interactive workshop about programming hardware on Tuesday, March 24th at 11am PDT. Watch at: twitch.tv/nnjaio Participation Notes I encourage all parents to participate with their children. [Read More]

Goodbye Print Hello Debugger at DjangoCon 2019

This talk was given on Tuesday September 24th 2019 at DjangoCon US in San Diego.

Still debugging your code by using print? Learn how to level up your ability to troubleshoot complex code situations by using the power of a fully-featured debugger in this talk aimed at all levels of programming ability.


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Cheat Sheet

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OSCON 2019 - Code Review Skills for People

This talk was given on July 18th, 2019 at OSCON in Portland, Oregon.


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As teams and projects grow, code review becomes increasingly important to support the maintainability of complex code bases. But code reviews aren’t as straightforward as they appear because the people involved in them aren’t always predictable.

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Three Things You Should Know About Visual Studio Code

Supercharge your editing experience 🎉

Visual Studio Code is a free, cross-platform, open source code editor from Microsoft. You might have also heard it called VS Code, or sometimes, just Code.

It’s the editor I use and enjoy daily. You may already know that it’s an excellent option for Python developers – it supports linting, debugging, features AI-assisted code auto completion, and more.

With just a little configuration Code can also be so much more!

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Light Up Your Life - With Python and LEDs at PyCascades 2019

This talk was given at PyCascades 2019 in Seattle, WA.

Python opens a whole new world of working with wearable electronics. MicroPython and CircuitPython are Python variants that can run with just 256k of storage space and 16k of RAM. Learn how to program LEDs with Python, to light up your life with code and creativity.


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Memory Management in Python 3 -- The Basics - North Bay Python 2018 - Petaluma, CA

This talk was given at North Bay Python 2018 in Petaluma, CA.

As a new python developer, do you find memory management in Python confusing? Come to this talk to learn about the basics of how Memory Management works in Python. We’ll cover the concepts of reference counting, garbage collection, weak references, __slots__, and the Global Interpreter Lock.


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All Things Open - Raleigh, NC 2018

All Things Open is a conference exploring Open Source, Open Tech, and the Open Web with 4000 attendees in Raleigh, NC. I presented two talks during All Things Open 2018, including a keynote.

Keynote: Five Things You Didn’t Know Python Could Do - Video

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