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Teaching (and learning) Python
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I taught David Beazley's 3-day Intro to Python class in Austin last week, and I really enjoyed it. I've always liked speaking in front of people (well, after the very first time, which was terrifying), and three days with a group of 15 made for a good intimate dynamic.
Interestingly, I learned a few tidbits about Python along the way:
I liked explaining Python's elegant power, and it's fun to show experienced C programmers a different way of looking at programming. Trying to fit all the material into three days is a challenge, and there are interesting side-topics that I know we can't get into, which is a shame, but there's only so much you can do in a given amount of time.
Austin was a really fun city to explore on my own, too. If I had been more confident that I'd have energy left at the end of the day, I'd have tried to arrange some social events with other Python peeps. But the "Keep Austin Weird" vibe made it easy to wander around and find food trucks to eat at. My first night, driving down East 6th street, I saw a cluster of closed food trucks, with just one open, lit like a beacon at the back:
How could I not eat at a tiny truck named Pig Vicious manned by a giant tattooed bearded cook?