Day 19

July 26, 2018 20:44 UTC Team Barcelona Duo (Exercism)Subscribe to this teams's activities

A day of learning and surprises

Today was another day focused on learning. During the morning stand-up one of our coaches explained more about breaking our project goals down in a way that would be amenable to creating sprints. We then spent the rest of the day learning some of the skills we would need in the next stage of our project.

In Barcelona Amalia concentrated on brushing up on Rails. She is planning on building a prototype to help her identify the things she will need sessions on with the coaches next week.

Pythonistas are nice people

I spent my second day in EuroPython. Overall, I was surprised by the generosity of the speakers. Everyone I asked was patient and forthcoming. Walking up to people and asking 'how do you use python?' started many interesting conversations and perhaps even some friendships.

I focused on specific things that I wanted to learn more about. There was an informative talk on JavaScript for Python Developers (someone should write a book about this!). It elaborated on some of the key differences between the languages that cause problems for people accustomed to writing python code. He happened to be a friend of one of our coaches, Emily and later in the day we had a chance to sit down and talk about code, music and luck. He pointed me towards some good resources.

I also attended three talks on text processing. One of the speakers even helped me understand how to break down the problem that we are facing with our content analysis of mentor data.

Another great talk went back to the basics -- Python iterators. I was excited to hear the speaker because we had talked the night before (at the social event for women and non-binary coders) and had exchanged emails. She had offered me advice on how to become more fluent in a language (read more code than you write). She even guided me towards a module that would be more instructive than the one I was planning on studying.

From her twitter bio I knew she had written a book on Python and was chair of PSF, but until her introduction at her talk I didn't know that PSF refers to the Python Software Foundation. I am humbled by her attention and left wondering if perhaps I should google people before I talk to them.

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