Mission moment: Mark Hammond, PSF Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Today, the Python Software Foundation, commonly known as PSF in the Python community, gave the PSF Distinguished Service Award to Mark Hammond. Brian Curtin, a past PSF Director and long-time communicator of “community” importance, wrote a thoughtful PSF blog post about Mark’s many contributions to our Python community. The wonderful Python community also has itself to thank for allowing this book to come to fruition. The Python newsgroup seems to be one of the final bastions of Usenet where spamsRead more

Play it again pyvideo.org!

Yesterday, the Python Software Foundation posted results of the election for the Board of Directors 2015-2016 term. Thank you to the many individuals that participated and helped with the election. I want take a moment and give special thanks to the 2014-2015 PSF Board for their service and accomplishments. To the retiring PSF Board members, I love programming in Python, learning from others, and sharing pyvideo.org talks. To honor the goodness that each of you bring to the Python community,Read more

Decorators visualized

Decorators make code more readable. When learning how decorators work, it’s easy to get confused. When teaching decorators, students often ask “but how does it work” and “why does it work”. Magic, it just does, and follow the pattern of the example could be reasonable though less than satisfying responses. Online Python Tutor Learning to use┬ádecorators can be frustrating until the learner understands how decorators work. To build mastery, students want to visualize what the computer is doing when usingRead more