Previously Untitled Meditation on the Zen of Python

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B204


In a language that strongly enforces a formatting style on the programmer, keeping it "pythonic" is only the tip of what makes python a wonderful, but confusing language. See what all the fuss is about in this introduction to the styles and nuances of the Python programming language and the tools you should be using when writing it.


Have you always wanted to write more python, but you feel lost in the syntax, style and semantics? Well, Python hackers like to toss many phrases around to describe the style of their code; “Pythonic” being one of the most popular. But what does this really mean?

In this talk, we will go over:

  • PEP8 – The python style guide
  • Using the Standard Library by example
  • Setting up a development environment
  • Code efficiency
  • Documentation
  • When to use python vs. other languages

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