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PyCon DE Day Two

Jochen
PyCon had about 1.6K visitors which is not too crowded for the bcc, but there are lots of people. It's not easy to recognize someone while most people wear masks most of the time. Maybe wearing t-shirts with a picture the wearers face printed on it would have been helpful, but I didn't thought of that. Instead I wore this t-shirt which is also fitting the mask situation pretty well:



I was a little bit late and had to skip the first session. My first talk was conda-forge: supporting the growth of the volunteer-driven, community-based packaging project. The next one was Unclear Code Hurts by Dario Cannone. Watching bad code from a distance can be a lot of fun. A former collegue described it as watching a car crash show. Just make sure to keep a safe distance and don't end up being responsible for cleaning up the mess.

Then I watched 5 Things we've learned building large APIs with FastAPI by Maarten Huijsmans. The room was packed and it's obvious that fastAPI is a hot topic right now. But it's also still really new and people don't have a lot of experience using it. There was a channel established on the conference discord where people gathered that have a shared interest in fastAPI and we met at a table in person a little bit later. This was a lot of fun and I learned some cool things there. For example how people are dealing with the problem that you cannot get a return value back from global dependencies (just attach it to the request in your dependency).

Another talk I attended was What are data unit tests and why we need them by Theodore Meynard which was really interesting for me, because I didn't know libraries like Great Expectations even existed. Efficient data labelling with weak supervision by Maria Mestre was another talk I listened to. And since all things Django sound interesting to me, I also watched Make the most of Django by Paolo Melchiorre which wasn't about Django itself, but how the Django community is a great place to get started with open source etc. - I have to read the abstracts more careful, I guess. The last talk for the second day was 5 Years, 10 Sprints, A scikit-learn Open Source Journey by 
Reshama Shaikh. And then the lightning talks which were also great.

After the conference we picked up some lunch in a small group of people and moved to the c-base because there supposedly was a nix meetup going on, which we didn't find.