The Python Community

The Python Community

Given at Memphis Python User group, Sept 15, 2014, this talk introducing novice developers and students to some of the things they can expect from being involved in the python community.


Brad Montgomery

September 24, 2014


  1. Community Brad Montgomery Twitter: @bkmontgomery Email:

  2. the language and the standard library

  3. import antigravity

  4. The Zen of Python >>> import this

  5. The Zen of Python, by Tim Peters ! Beautiful is

    better than ugly. Explicit is better than implicit. Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than complicated. Flat is better than nested. Sparse is better than dense. Readability counts. Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules. Although practicality beats purity. Errors should never pass silently. Unless explicitly silenced. In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess. There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it. Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch. Now is better than never. Although never is often better than *right* now. If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea. If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea. Namespaces are one honking great idea -- let's do more of those!
  6. 3rd-party apps/libs makes python even more amazing

  7. used to be called the “cheese shop” at one

    point was pronounced “pie pie” python package index
  8. pep8 work with style

  9. Open Source

  10. Open Source MIT/BSD are most common

  11. Online irc, mailing lists, twitter, google plus, stackoverflow

  12. Conferences PyCon, SciPy, Regional Conferences, Meetups

  13. Meetups happening all over the world

  14. The PSF owns the Python Intellectual Property, promotes the community.

  15. Python Community Code of Conduct explicit > implicit

  16. Python Community Code of Conduct Open. Considerate. Respectful.