Things and stuff
I’ve been awfully busy lately, but also thinking about a lot of stuff. Since microblogging is no longer really a thing I have access to (Pownce, I miss you), that means doing periodic brain dumps, yay!
Conferences and costs
Over the past few months there’s been a pretty significant conversation starting about tech conferences and “paying” speakers (where “paying” typically means at least providing a free ticket to anyone giving a talk). Which is a topic full of complicated thoughts for me.
On the one hand, the obvious argument: there’s significant overlap ...
A real Python "wat"
A few weeks ago I went through and explained the various items in a list of “Python wats” — behaviors of Python which seemingly made no sense. Calling them “wats” is a bit of a stretch in most cases, though, because most of them were simply consequences of fairly reasonable design decisions in how Python or its standard libraries work, but presented in ways which obscured what was actually going on.
Lest I be accused of defending Python too much there, I’d like to point out an absolutely genuine “wat” moment ...
Destroy all hiring processes
Finding work as a software person kind of sucks sometimes.
Actually, let me strike the “kind of” from that sentence. It just sucks, full stop. Plenty of people have complained that being on the hiring side of the equation is terrible — we don’t have any reliable ways to identify people who know how to code and do it well. And it’s true: we, as an industry, suck at this. Even among the most common demographics for developers (American, male, white, skewing young and middle-class background), we are absolutely abysmal at ...
Wat's up, doc?
Since announcing its resurrection a couple weeks ago, I’ve been working on
django-registration pretty much continuously. There are over 30 commits since that last post, and I think it’s finally getting close to release quality; what’s left at this point is, I think, mostly stylistic cleanups and editing and pushing some more documentation.
There are a couple big highlights from the past few weeks’ work, and I’d like to take a moment to go over those in a shameless attempt to build up hype and excitement for the forthcoming release.