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Jane Austen on PEP8: An English Major's Tips on Writing Better Code

Jane Austen on PEP8: An English Major's Tips on Writing Better Code

Jane Austen said, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single module in possession of a good function, must be in want of a test.” In this talk, we’ll discover how writing tips from your Comp 101 class can make your code cleaner and clearer. Both programming and English value ruthless editing, clear and concise communication, and continuously researching new ideas to refine work.

Presented at DjangoCon US 2015. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55gXwFviOuQ

Lacey Williams Henschel

September 08, 2015

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