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My name is Aaron Merriam and I love Python

Posted by fusionbox on March 14, 2013, 6 p.m.

My name is Aaron Merriam and I love Python.  I also love:

  • being a programmer.
  • working for a web develpment company that is willing to invest in me as an engineer by taking me to this kind of an event.
  • being surrounded by so many other people who are passionate about the  same things.
  • I really love Python.

My introduction to Python development was at a job 4 years ago working at a robotics and automation company in Beaumont, Texas. I was pretty new to programming, and I spent weeks struggling with these C libraries and included technical documents for one of the sensors I had to evaluate.  My code base was growing fast and quickly evolving into spaghetti and the visualizations I could manage were ASCII representations of my data dumped to stdout.

Enter Python.

A thousand lines of code shrink to roughly 200.  Instead of ASCII, I have real images (Thanks PIL).  Instead of stdout, I have a true interface (Thanks Tkinter).  Instead of the built in libraries, I have full control over my sensor communications (Thanks socket).

This was my first experience with Python and it was the beginning of a great love affair.

Anyway, off to another great lecture here at PyCon.  Here are links to some of those tools that got me started into the language I love.:

PIL - http://www.pythonware.com/products/pil/
Tkinter - http://docs.python.org/2/library/tkinter.html
Python socket library - http://docs.python.org/2/library/socket.html