New Years’ Python Meme – Python Newbie Edition

04Jan13

Ran across this on a number of different sites, just going over this year in terms of my interaction with the Python programming language, the open source community, etc. In a slight twist, I’m going to do the same thing for R in a second post.

1. What’s the coolest Python application, framework, or library you have discovered in 2012?

PiCloud. I’ve been following their growth and expansion, and while for the moment I’ve used them mostly for toy examples and experiments, I think they represent a really promising platform for the kind of on-demand, embarrassingly parallel simulation work I’ve been doing recently. Some of my Python programming got shelved this year while other stuff got done, so I’m looking forward to revisiting the platform and seeing how its developed. The PiCloud Notebook has me pretty excited.

2. What new programming technique did you learn in 2012

Honestly, 2012 was the first year I really pushed myself in terms of programming, so I could probably say “All of them” and be right. Generally speaking, just thinking “I could write a function for that” was a huge step.

3. Which open source project did you contribute to the most in 2012? What did you do?

Nothing really. That isn’t strictly true for R (see the post to follow this one), but my Python skills are pretty dubious. I do have some ideas bouncing around in my head however, so hopefully 2013 will be the year of a contribution or two.

4. Which Python blog or website did you read the most in 2012

StackOverflow and Python Weekly.

5. What are the top things you want to learn in 2013

I’d like to push myself a little more in terms of object-oriented programming. It’s something that I can see the utility of, and would make some of the “book keeping” tasks I need to do in a project or two vastly easier, but it’s still not a technique I’m comfortable with.

I’d also like to dabble in Django, moving from “This result comes out on the command line” into something useful to the world at large.

6. What is the top software, application, or library you wish someone would write in 2013

What’s left of my dissertation. Hopefully that someone is me, or I’m screwed.

Want to do your own list? here’s how:

  • copy-paste the questions and answer them in your blog
  • tweet it with #2012pythonmeme hashtag
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One Response to “New Years’ Python Meme – Python Newbie Edition”


  1. 1 R in 2012: Shamelessly Stealing the New Years’ Python Meme « Confounded by Confounding

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