import this: learning the Zen of Python with code and slides

It’s hard to find me gushing more unapologetically than when I talk about the virtues of my favorite programming language, Python. Indeed, my life for the last 3 years has been dominated by the language. In many ways, pursuing a startup and enduring the associated financial hardship was partially because I had become frustrated with … Continue reading import this: learning the Zen of Python with code and slides

Upcoming: standing desk setup, Python training, Groovy/JavaScript articles

I’ve been quite busy with work lately, so haven’t had time to send a few posts toward my blog. However, I have been working on some spare time and work-related projects that I’d love to share with everyone here. Among them: Lifehacking through standing desks. I have created a standing desk setup for my home … Continue reading Upcoming: standing desk setup, Python training, Groovy/JavaScript articles

Python Training

Python Training Course public materials. Here is how you use the web-based presentation: C key opens up a bottom-right hand “control panel”, where you can skip ahead a slide or back, and use the pull-down to jump ahead multiple slides quickly. When in the control panel, the O button will switch to Outline/Handout mode, where … Continue reading Python Training

Groovy, the Python of Java

I was a bona fide Java programmer for 5 years before I started working on Aleph Point and Parse.ly. I truly believe that Python and JavaScript are fundamentally better languages than Java for a variety of reasons born out of experience with each of them. (Note: Before this gets marked as flamebait, please notice that … Continue reading Groovy, the Python of Java

Pythonic means idiomatic and tasteful

Pythonic isn’t just idiomatic Python — it’s tasteful Python. It’s less an objective property of code, more a compliment bestowed onto especially nice Python code. The reason Pythonistas have their own word for this is because Python is a language that encourages good taste; Python programmers with poor taste tend to write un-Pythonic code. This … Continue reading Pythonic means idiomatic and tasteful

PIDA: Python Integrated Development Application

PIDA 0.2.2 was released recently. This is truly a novel development in the Python/OSS world. What PIDA provides is a nice plugin system and the “makings” of an IDE. So, in a nice IDE you have a class browser, an integrated debugger, a profiler, maybe even a RAD-like GUI builder, an interpreter console, etc. The … Continue reading PIDA: Python Integrated Development Application

Expanding my mind, once more, with functional programming

The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) is a classic computer science text written by Gerald Jay Sussman and Hal Abelson. It is widely known in the computer science community as the “wizard book”. It intends to teach the foundations of computer programming from “first principles”, illustrating programming language design using Scheme, a dialect … Continue reading Expanding my mind, once more, with functional programming

Public technical talks and slides

Over the years, I’ve put together a few public technical talks where the slides are accessible on this site. These are only really nice to view on desktop, and require the use of arrow keys to move around. Long-form notes are also available — generated by a sweet Sphinx and reStructuredText plugin. I figured I’d … Continue reading Public technical talks and slides

Simple Lego Blocks for Big Data

Data engineers should abstract their code in the most lightweight way possible to facilitate downstream integration in a large-scale data system. You want lego blocks, not puzzle pieces. The creators of the C programming language once famously said, “first make it work, then make it right, and, finally, make it fast.” This adage still applies … Continue reading Simple Lego Blocks for Big Data

Picking tech stacks

I realize now that one of the hardest parts of running a successful startup is “betting” on tech stacks that, 3 years out, will have a groundswell of community support around them. It’s still shocking to me that when I chose each of the following technologies as a central part of Parse.ly, they were so … Continue reading Picking tech stacks