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The kind folks at Fullscreen (http://fullscreenmedia.co/) will be hosting our April meetup, which will be a PyCon preview extravaganza! Both main speakers will be presenting their talks for PyCon 2018 in Cleveland, OH, and during the break we will feature a poster session from Sébastian Arnold.
Trey Hunner will be presenting "Python 2 to 3: How to Upgrade and What Features to Start Using"
The end of life for Python 2 is 2020. Python 3 is the future and you'll need to consider both your upgrade plan and what steps you'll take after upgrading to start leveraging Python 3 features.
During this talk we'll briefly discuss how to start the process of upgrading your code to Python 3. We'll then dive into some of the most useful Python 3 features that you'll be able to start embracing once you drop Python 2 support.
A number of the most powerful Python 3 features are syntactic features that are Python 3 only. You won't get any experience using these features until you fully upgrade. These features are an incentive to drop Python 2 support in existing 2 and 3 compatible code. You can consider this talk as a teaser of Python 3 features that you may have never used.
Esther will be presenting "One weird trick to becoming a better software developer"
Those of us who have worked in software development for longer than a few years probably feel we have an intuitive sense of what a great developer is. Some traits come more easily to mind than others when it comes to identifying a great developer. In this talk we will take a slightly different approach to evaluating software development best practices, and identify one underrated skill common to great software developers: empathy. I hope to demonstrate that cognitive and emotional empathy skills are critical to good software development. We will explore ways to cultivate this trait in order to become better developers, both for our own sakes and for the sake of the teams in which we work.
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