[Python Edinburgh] Tell us what you did with Python this year...

Dougal Matthews dougal85 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 24 15:31:55 CET 2010

On 23 December 2010 23:20, Dougal Matthews <dougal85 at gmail.com> wrote:
> So the question is simple, what have you done with Python this year? or
> what do you want to do with it next year? Worked on anything cool? Learned
> something new?

I've had an interesting and very Python oriented year. Initially I worked
remotely for a company in London creating bespoke Django websites to solve
problems for medical colleges and researchers in England and Wales. Now I'm
currently working for a very enterprise customer and enjoying introducing
projects with names like celery[1] and ghettoq[2] into their repositories.
Going from doing some front end work at the start of the year, I am now
doing 100% Python, I don't even touch the front end code. It's a bit odd and
I miss the mixture a bit but at the same time its nice to never need to load
internet explorer.

I've become way more familiar with Django's internals, diving in and helping
out with some bugs and even braving the ORM code at times. I've had a few
patches accepted and committed to trunk too (mostly tiny things though [3]).
However, I have not contributed nearly as much as I like, partly this is due
to working like a dog and riding out the demand for Django developers. Next
year, I plan on changing this a gap between contracts sounds like a plan.

I've taken part in the Google AI contest and given the length of time I
managed to put into it, I'm fairly happy with how I done[4].

I've worked on a few side-project websites, some with Mat and some solo, but
they pretty much all fell over at some point and I didn't finish them. I had
fun though and got to try our a few different external apps in the process -
so it wasn't all bad. Another resolution for next year, do less projects but
finish them FFS! :) If nothing else I should probably just release the code
and see if somebody else would find it useful.

I've also got loads of other pieces of code around that I need to tidy up,
put online or delete. My ~/Django and ~/Python dirs are a bit of a

I'd like to have more Python related events next year. More sprints and add
talks into the Python Edinburgh mix but its tricky when I'm not really in
the area most of the time - that's something I want to change too.

Think that about sums it up, although, I really feel like I'm missing

[1] http://celeryproject.org/
[2] https://github.com/ask/ghettoq
[3] http://code.djangoproject.com/changeset/14244
[4] http://ai-contest.com/profile.php?user_id=12219
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