#161 Sloppy Python can mean fast answers!
Published December 18, 2019
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    Sponsored by DigitalOcean: pythonbytes.fm/digitalocean

    Special guest: Anthony Herbert

    Anthony #1: Larry Hastings - Solve Your Problem With Sloppy Python - PyCon 2018

    • Michael’s personal automation things that I do all the time
      • stripe to sheets automation
      • urlify
      • tons of reporting
      • wakeup - to get 100 on Lighthouse
      • deploy (on my servers)
      • creating import data for video courses
      • measuring duration of audio files

    Michael #2: Introduction to ASGI: Emergence of an Async Python Web Ecosystem

    • by Florimond Manca
    • Python growth is not just data science
    • Python web development is back with an async spin, and it's exciting.
    • One of the main drivers of this endeavour is ASGI , the Asynchronous Standard Gateway Interface.
    • A guided tour about what ASGI is and what it means for modern Python web development.
    • Since 3.5 was released, the community has been literally async-ifying all the things. If you're curious, a lot of the resulting projects are now listed in aio-libs and awesome-asyncio .
    • An overview of ASGI
    • Why should I care? Interoperability is a strong selling point, there are many more advantages to using ASGI-based components for building Python web apps.
      • Speed: the async nature of ASGI apps and servers make them really fast (for Python, at least) — we're talking about 60k-70k req/s (consider that Flask and Django only achieve 10-20k in a similar situation).
      • Features: ASGI servers and frameworks gives you access to inherently concurrent features (WebSocket, Server-Sent Events, HTTP/2) that are impossible to implement using sync/WSGI.
      • Stability: ASGI as a spec has been around for about 3 years now, and version 3.0 is considered very stable. Foundational parts of the ecosystem are stabilizing as a result.
    • To get your hands dirty, try out any of the following projects:
      • uvicorn: ASGI server.
      • Starlette: ASGI framework.
      • TypeSystem: data validation and form rendering
      • Databases: async database library.
      • orm: asynchronous ORM.
      • HTTPX: async HTTP client w/ support for calling ASGI apps (useful as a test client).

    Anthony #3: Python Insights

    Michael #4: Assembly

    • via Luiz Honda
    • Assembly is a Pythonic Object-Oriented Web Framework built on Flask, that groups your routes by class
    • Assembly is a pythonic object-oriented, mid stack, batteries included framework built on Flask, that adds structure to your Flask application, and group your routes by class.
    • Assembly allows you to build web applications in much the same way you would build any other object-oriented Python program.
    • Assembly helps you create small to enterprise level applications easily.
    • Decisions made for you + features: github.com/mardix/assembly#decisions-made-for-you--features

    Examples, root URLs:

        # Extends to Assembly makes it a route automatically
        # By default, Index will be the root url
        class Index(Assembly):
            # index is the entry route
            # -> /
            def index(self):
                return "welcome to my site"
            # method name becomes the route
            # -> /hello/
            def hello(self):
                return "I am a string"
            # undescore method name will be dasherize
            # -> /about-us/
            def about_us(self):
                return "I am a string"

    Example of /blog.

        # The class name is part of the url prefix
        # This will become -> /blog
        class Blog(Assembly):
            # index will be the root 
            # -> /blog/
            def index(self):
                return [
                        "title": "title 1",
                        "content": "content"
            # with params. The order will be respected
            # -> /comments/1234/
            # 1234 will be passed to the id
            def comments(self, id):
                return [

    Anthony #5: Building a Standalone GPS Logger with CircuitPython using @Adafruit and particle hardware

    Michael #6: 10 reasons python is good to learn

    • Python is popular and good to learn because, in Michael’s words, it’s a full spectrum language.
    • And the reasons are:
    • Python Is Free and Open-Source
    • Python Is Popular, Loved, and Wanted
    • Python Has a Friendly and Devoted Community
    • Python Has Elegant and Concise Syntax
    • Python Is Multi-Platform
    • Python Supports Multiple Programming Paradigms
    • Python Offers Useful Built-In Libraries
    • Python Has Many Third-Party Packages
    • Python Is a General-Purpose Programming Language
    • Python Plays Nice with Others




    Joke: The failed pickup line

    • A girl is hanging out at a bar with her friends.
    • Some guy comes up to her an says: “You are the ; to my line of code.”
    • She responds, “Get outta here creep, I code in Python.”
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