Be quick or eat potatoes a newbie’s guide to pycon caktus easy ways to make money group

This year I attended pycon for the first time. It’s rather amazing that I haven’t been before, since I’ve been using python professionally for over 15 years. PyCon 2019 was held in cleveland from may 1–9. There was so much to take in, and there are so many good things to say about easy ways to make money it. It was a fantastic experience. But rather than provide a “mission report: 2019” a la winter soldier, I thought I’d do something more useful — write a guide to pycon from a newbie perspective. Here are six lessons I learned from my first pycon. 1. Register early

One of the most attractive aspects of pycon is the easy ways to make money open spaces. It’s very simple: there are several rooms available throughout the conference. The organizers put out boards with a schedule for each easy ways to make money full conference day, and some cards and pens. Anyone (anyone!) can write a session topic on a card and post easy ways to make money it on the board for a particular time and room. Then if anyone else is interested in your topic, they show up.

This simple setup is really inspiring. I’ve been to a lot of conferences over the years, and I’m always impressed that thousands of people will travel hundreds easy ways to make money or even thousands of miles (and, at pycon this year, from 59 countries) to sit in conference rooms and … passively listen to other people talk. I’ve often thought at such events, I could do this at home. Why don’t we have more open conversations? At pycon, we can! This was one of my favorite aspects of the conference.

Caktus’ own scott morningstar hosted a game called WINTERHORN. This live action game is a simulation in which you easy ways to make money try to use a variety of bad techniques to disrupt easy ways to make money people’s lives. If you win: congratulations, you’ve done evil in the world! Then you go away and start seeing these techniques in easy ways to make money use, and you’re wiser to the ways of the world. (you can read more about scott and his passion for easy ways to make money live action role play games.)

I went to the open space on falcon framework, a very fast lightweight API framework. Here, I was the new person exploring something for the first easy ways to make money time. The team spent much of the session talking about the easy ways to make money framework in general terms for newbies like me, as well as plans for the upcoming releases (async was a big topic). I was so impressed with both the team and the easy ways to make money framework that I decided to join them during the sprints easy ways to make money (more on that below).

I also dove right in and hosted an open space easy ways to make money myself — “making wagtail better for developers.” at caktus we use wagtail to provide our customers with easy ways to make money a great content editing experience. We have another post on why caktus loves wagtail. It really is an excellent CMS, but there are a few aspects that could be made easy ways to make money better, especially when it comes to data migrations, importing and exporting content, and editing content with nested streamfields. I wanted to talk about a few of those issues easy ways to make money with other developers and compare notes. Apparently, others wanted to talk about these things, too, because they showed up!

When most people go to conferences, they focus on the talks, and while talks and keynotes are a great source of easy ways to make money inspiration and learning, you can wear yourself out trying to go to them easy ways to make money all. PyCon had a packed schedule of talks and keynotes (upcoming blog posts will go over some of them). Instead of maxing yourself out on all the talks, my recommendation is to pick only two or three talks easy ways to make money to attend each day. Pick ones that will expand your knowledge and help you easy ways to make money to think about how to grow in the coming year. Many of the scheduled speakers make their slides and recordings easy ways to make money freely available after the conference, so if you can’t get to a talk during pycon, you can continue the conference later in the comfort of easy ways to make money your own home. 4. Nurture your network

Dinner: if you meet a new friend or an old one, you can have dinner together offsite. This is a greater time commitment than breakfast or lunch, and can lead to a much deeper relationship. This is especially important for those who work remotely, like me: having a meal or drink together is just about the easy ways to make money only thing we can’t do on slack. Over a meal, you can get to know people so much better, and the good vibes carry over into a better working easy ways to make money relationship. Pictured: A group of us from caktus had dinner one night easy ways to make money with a couple of folks from the truth initiative, with whom we’ve recently been working.

Vendors / sponsors / exhibitors: many of the exhibitors are developers, and all of them have periods of boredom during three easy ways to make money days of exhibiting. If you see someone at a booth who is not easy ways to make money talking to anyone, they are probably bored out of their wits and would easy ways to make money welcome an opportunity to talk to you. Just walk up and say, “hi! Can you tell me about [ whatever it is that they are exhibiting ]?” it can lead to some of the best conversations you easy ways to make money have. Also, free t-shirts. However, the caktus sales team was not bored during the conference easy ways to make money — whenever I went by, tim scales and ian huckabee (pictured) were always busy talking with someone.

Job fair: the job fair, which is open to the public, is another great opportunity to talk with company representatives. You’re less likely to find someone bored, but you’ll be able to pack a lot of conversations into easy ways to make money a couple of hours. Even if you’re not looking for a new job, it’s interesting to see what opportunities are available, and see if there is a new skill set you easy ways to make money want to work on. You might even find the perfect opportunity. Last year, I met caktus at the pycon job fair (I went to the fair but not the conference itself). This year, I talked with a lot of other companies and learned easy ways to make money more about the lay of the land. My take: there’s good work available for python engineers who understand devops, can build apis, can support data scientists, and work well in a dynamic, collaborative environment. In fact, that sounds to me a lot like working with caktus easy ways to make money group. They’re hiring, by the way.

Speaking of meals, it’s imperative to arrive early to the meal line, because developers are a hungry lot, and there isn’t really extra. I learned this the hard way. One day, I was so busy sprinting and trying to get my easy ways to make money tests working that I didn’t go to lunch until 45 minutes after the opening easy ways to make money bell. At that point, all that was left was a large plate of potatoes. At least they were really good potatoes. Pictured: I was on time that day. 6. Sprint!

After the conference itself there are four days of sprints. These are like open spaces, but for coding. Anyone can host a sprint for their open-source project. You get a table in one of the open spaces easy ways to make money rooms, and you code together for any length of time, up to four days. The conference organizers provide the space (with power and internet) and lunch ( be quick or eat potatoes), and you provide the code. It’s a pretty sweet opportunity to get your feet wet easy ways to make money with some new projects, or to work with your project team in person (a great opportunity when you all live in different places). It’s a great time to be with others, and despite the fact that a lot of joking and easy ways to make money talking takes place around the table, a lot of serious coding also happens.

For my part, even though my work and family schedule didn’t allow me to stay for the entire sprint, I decided to stay through monday (the first sprint day) and check out a couple of projects. Based on my interactions during the conference, I chose to sprint with falcon framework (top photo at right) for a few hours, and then switched to codered CMS (bottom photo at right) for a couple of hours. I was a complete newbie on both projects, but both teams were super helpful in getting me onboard, and I was even able to commit some code to easy ways to make money each project (see here and here) before driving home monday evening. Sprinting with these teams was a wonderful experience for me. Prepare for pittsburgh

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