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Michael #1: How to Stand Out in a Python Coding Interview
- Real Python, by James Timmins
- Are tech interviews broken? Well at least we can try to succeed at them anyway
- You’ve made it past the phone call with the recruiter, and now it’s time to show that you know how to solve problems with actual code…
- Interviews aren’t just about solving problems: they’re also about showing that you can write clean production code. This means that you have a deep knowledge of Python’s built-in functionality and libraries.
- Things to learn
enumerate() to iterate over both indices and values
- Debug problematic code with
- Format strings effectively with f-strings
- Sort lists with custom arguments
- Use generators instead of list comprehensions to conserve memory
- Define default values when looking up dictionary keys
- Count hashable objects with the
- Use the standard library to get lists of permutations and combinations
Brian #2: The Python Software Foundation has updated its Code of Conduct
- There’s now one code of conduct for PSF and PyCon US and other spaces sponsored by the PSF
- This includes some regional conferences, such as PyCascades, and some meetup groups, (ears perk up)
- The docs
- Do we need to care?
- all of us, yes. If there weren’t problems, we wouldn’t need these.
- attendees, yes. Know before you go.
- organizers, yes. Better to think about it ahead of time and have a plan than have to make up a strategy during an event if something happens.
- me, in particular, and Michael. Ugh. yes. our first meetup is next month. I’d like to be in line with the rest of Python. So, yep, we are going to have to talk about this and put something in place.
Michael #3: The Interview Study Guide For Software Engineers
Brian #4: re-assert : “show where your regex match assertion failed”
- Anthony Sotille
re-assert provides a helper class to make assertions of regexes simpler.”
Matches objects allows for useful pytest assertion messages
- In order to get my head around it, I looked at the test code:
> assert re.match('foo', 'fob')
E AssertionError: assert None
E + where None = [HTML_REMOVED]('foo', 'fob')
E + where [HTML_REMOVED] = re.match
____________ test_match_new ___________________
> assert Matches('foo') == 'fob'
E AssertionError: assert Matches('foo') ^ == 'fob'
E - # regex failed to match at:
E - #
E - #> fob
E - # ^
Michael #5: awesome-python-typing
- Collection of awesome Python types, stubs, plugins, and tools to work with them.
- Static type checkers: mypy - Optional static typing for Python 3 and 2 (PEP 484).
- Stub packages: Typeshed - Collection of library stubs for Python, with static types.
- Tools (super category): pytest-mypy - Mypy static type checker plugin for Pytest.
- Articles: Typechecking Django and DRF - Full tutorial about type-checking django.
Brian #6: Developer Advocacy: Frequently Asked Questions
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