Inspired by Alex Clark's meme, here is my own entry into this end-of-year fun.
Alex had his own focused on Python applications, frameworks, and libraries. Me, I'm going for a more general approach. This year I discovered:
That book I co-wrote with Audrey Roy? Written in LaTeX. It wasn't easy to get started, even with Audrey as my instructor, but now that I grok it, I feel extremely empowered. That's because I can do all kinds of awesome, insane hacks when Sphinx generates PDFs. I hope I get the chance to show off some of my new madness to the world in 2014.
If you are going to be formal, the bow tie adds an enormous amount of class. However, clip-ons are considered tacky, especially as it's considered stylish to loosen the bow tie later in the evening to demonstrate you aren't wearing that clip.
Of all the stuff I watched on the subject of bow tying, this video was the longest and the best of them all.
Update 1/4/2014: I learned this awesome skill because I wanted to be classy on my wedding day.
Here's the short-list:
Hard to say, but I'll go with Python's context managers. Trying to find a way to have what I learned see the light of day. Love the clients, but this is a good reason to try and do more open source work.
While I contributed nothing directly to the framework itself, between our book and numerous open source projects, I guess the answer is 'Django'.
In 2014 I want to switch that focus to Python.
Something that gets more women into the top 10 of Gittip. That amazing women developers and community leaders in the Python community like Lynn Root, Jessica McKellar, dare I say Audrey Roy, and others aren't up there speaks uncomfortable volumes. Starting today, I'm directing all my Gittip funds in their direction. Well... not Audrey because she won't let me, but you get the idea.
This year, 2013, was a wonderful year. Everything changed. I hope to have a summary out today because some fantastically incredible things occurred. If not, then it will happen next year... err... tomorrow! ;-)
Published: 2013-12-31 18:00
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