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A weekly Python podcast hosted by Christopher Bailey with interviews, coding tips, and conversation with guests from the Python community. The show covers a wide range of topics including Python programming best practices, career tips, and related software development topics. Join us every Friday morning to hear what's new in the world of Python programming and become a more effective Pythonista.
 
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How do you build a REST API using the Flask web framework? How can you quickly add endpoints while automatically generating documentation? This week on the show, Real Python author Philipp Acsany is here to discuss his tutorial series “Python REST APIs With Flask, Connexion, and SQLAlchemy.” Christopher Trudeau is also here with another batch of Py…
 
What if you didn’t have to worry about managing user passwords as a Python developer? That’s where the WebAuthn protocol and new hardware standards are heading. This week on the show, Dan Moore from FusionAuth returns to discuss a password-less future. WebAuthn is a way to authenticate users using biometric, secure authentication methods. Dan dives…
 
How do you create a computer opponent for a simple game within Python? Would you also like to learn how to adapt the game to run in a web browser or graphical user interface (GUI)? This week on the show, Christopher Trudeau is here, bringing another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects. Christopher shares a recent Real Python step-by-ste…
 
Python 3.11 is here! Our regular guests, Geir Arne Hjelle and Christopher Trudeau, return to talk about the new version. Geir Arne wrote a series of preview tutorials earlier this year, and his annual piece, titled “Python 3.11: Cool New Features for You to Try,” was published on October 24. Christopher’s video course came out the next day, coverin…
 
Does your company have a plan for growing an internal Python community? What are the attributes to look for when bringing someone into your department? This week on the show, Pablo Galindo Salgado returns to talk about building community through the Python Guild at Bloomberg and managing the release of Python 3.11. Pablo describes how the Python Gu…
 
Where should you use an ellipsis in Python? How does it behave as a placeholder in a script, project, or stub file? What are the next goals for the Faster CPython project? This week on the show, Christopher Trudeau is here, bringing another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects. We talk about a Real Python article that covers when you sho…
 
Have you used a memory profiler to gauge the performance of your Python application? Maybe you’re using it to troubleshoot memory issues when loading a large data science project. What could running a profiler show you about a codebase you’re learning? This week on the show, Pablo Galindo Salgado returns to talk about Memray, a powerful tracing mem…
 
Have you ever used code to help explain a topic? How can Python scripts be used to understand the intricacies of access control? This week on the show, Christopher Trudeau is here, bringing another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects. Christopher talks about an article that explores the evolution of access control by reimplementing the …
 
Are you interested in using Python in an industry outside of software development? Would adding a few custom software tools increase efficiency and make your coworkers’ jobs easier? This week on the show, Josh Burnett talks about using Python as a mechanical engineer. I met Josh at PyCon US 2022 in Salt Lake City, which he attended for the first ti…
 
Have you thought the standard output from Matplotlib is a bit generic looking? Would you like a quick way to add style and consistency to your data visualizations? This week on the show, Christopher Trudeau is here, bringing another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects. We cover an article about the magic of creating style sheets for Mat…
 
Have you wanted to understand recursion and how to use it in Python? Are you familiar with the call stack and how it relates to tracebacks? This week on the show, Al Sweigart talks about his new book, “The Recursive Book of Recursion.” Recursion is one of those concepts held as a tenet of high-level computer science priesthood. Al explains the fund…
 
How does a code completion tool work? What is an Abstract Syntax Tree, and how is it created in Python? How does an AST help you write programs and projects that inspect and modify your Python code? This week on the show, Meredydd Luff, co-founder of Anvil, shares his PyCon talk, “Building a Python Code Completer.” Meredydd talks about his experien…
 
I don't think it's too much of a stretch to say that software is part of most scientific research now. From astronomy, to neuroscience, to chemistry, to climate models. If you work in research that hasn't been affected by software yet, just wait. But how good is that software? How much of common best practices in software development are making it …
 
Have you attempted to set up a Python development environment on Windows before? Would it be helpful to have an easy-to-follow guide to get you started? This week on the show, Christopher Trudeau is here, bringing another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects. We talk about a Real Python tutorial that covers configuring a Windows coding e…
 
What’s the big breakthrough for Natural Language Processing (NLP) that has dramatically advanced machine learning into deep learning? What makes these transformer models unique, and what defines “attention?” This week on the show, Jodie Burchell, developer advocate for data science at JetBrains, continues our talk about how machine learning (ML) mo…
 
The first game I remember coding, or at least copying from a magazine, was in Basic. It was Lunar Lander. Learning to code a game is a way that a lot of people get started and excited about programming. Of course, I don't recommend Basic. Now we've got Python. And one of the game engines available for Python is PursuedPyBear, a project started by P…
 
Is there someone in your life you’d like to inspire to learn Python? Mission Encodeable is a website designed to teach people to code, built by two high-school students. This week on the show, Anna and Harry Wake talk about creating their site and motivating people to start coding. We discuss why they decided to build the site. Anna and Harry initi…
 
How do you process and classify text documents in Python? What are the fundamental techniques and building blocks for Natural Language Processing (NLP)? This week on the show, Jodie Burchell, developer advocate for data science at JetBrains, talks about how machine learning (ML) models understand text. Jodie explains how ML models require data in a…
 
How do you start building your project documentation? What if you had a tool that could do the heavy lifting and automatically write large portions directly from your code? This week on the show, Christopher Trudeau is here, bringing another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects. We talk about a Real Python step-by-step project from Marti…
 
How maintainable is your Python code? Is it possible to hold the code for your functions in your head? When is it appropriate to use measurements in a code review? This week on the show, Reka Horvath and Ben Martineau from Sourcery are here to discuss their recent PyCon talk, “Actionable insights vs ranking: How to use and how NOT to use code quali…
 
Having a personal site is a great playground for learning tons of skills. Brian Wisti discusses the benefits of running a his own blog over the years. Special Guest: Brian Wisti. Sponsored By: Rollbar: With Rollbar, developers deploy better software faster. Links: Random Geekery Jamstack Eleventy Netlify Plausible Analytics pytest Beautiful Soup py…
 
Would you like to explore the functional programming side of Python? What are the advantages of this approach, and what tools are built into the language? This week on the show, author Bruce Eckel talks about functional programming in Python. Bruce is the author of several programming books, including Thinking in Java, Thinking in C++, Thinking in …
 
Have you heard about PyScript? The brand-new framework has the community excited about building interactive Python applications that run entirely within the user’s browser. Would you like to dig into the details beyond the “Hello World” examples? This week on the show, Christopher Trudeau is here, bringing another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles…
 
PyPy is a fast, compliant alternative implementation of Python. cPython is implemented in C. PyPy is implemented in Python. What does that mean? And how do you test something as huge as an alternative implementation of Python? Special Guest: Carl Friedrich Bolz-Tereick. Sponsored By: Rollbar: With Rollbar, developers deploy better software faster. …
 
Are you interested in a career in security using Python? Would you like to stay ahead of potential vulnerabilities in your Python applications? This week on the show, James Pleger talks about Python information security, incident response, and forensics. James has been doing information security for over fifteen years, working at some of the bigges…
 
Would you like a fast way to share your data science project results as an interactive dashboard instead of a Jupyter notebook? Streamlit is a library for creating simple web apps and dashboards using just Python. This week on the show, Christopher Trudeau is here, bringing another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects. We talk about the …
 
In Python, before dataclasses, we had attrs. Before attrs, it wasn't pretty. The story of attrs and dataclasses is actually intertwined. They've built on each other. And in the middle of it all, Hynek. Hynek joins the show today to discuss some history of attrs and dataclasses, and some differences. If you ever need to create a custom class in Pyth…
 
What do you do when your data science project doesn’t fit within your computer’s memory? One solution is to distribute it across multiple worker machines. This week on the show, Guido Imperiale from Coiled talks about Dask and managing large data science projects through distributed computing. We talk about projects where an orchestration system li…
 
What are the differences between the various Python game frameworks? Would it help to see a couple of game examples across several libraries to understand the distinctions? This week on the show, Christopher Trudeau is here, bringing another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects. We discuss a Real Python article by previous guest Jon Finc…
 
Would you like a way to send structured serialized data between different platforms and languages? What if the data was self-documenting, could automatically generate Python code, and would validate itself? This week on the show, Liran Haimovitch talks about protocol buffers and communicating with microservices through Remote Procedure Calls (RPC).…
 
Will McGugan has brought a lot of color to CLIs within Python due to Rich. Then Textual started rethinking full command line applications, including layout with CSS. And now Textualize, a new startup, is bringing CLI apps to the web. Full Transcript Special Guest: Will McGugan. Sponsored By: Rollbar: With Rollbar, developers deploy better software …
 
When you are teaching someone web development skills, when is the right time to start teaching code quality and testing practices? Karl Stolley believes it's never too early. Let's hear how he incorporates code quality in his courses. Our discussion includes: starting people off with good dev practices and tools linting html and css validation visu…
 
Did you know you can add testing to your Python code while simultaneously documenting it? Using docstrings, you can create examples of how your functions should interact in a Python REPL and test them with the built-in doctest module. This week on the show, Christopher Trudeau is here, bringing another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and project…
 
Being productive is obviously a good thing. Can we measure it? Should we measure it? There's been failed attempts, like lines of code, etc. in the past. Currently, there are new tools to measure productivity, like using git metrics. Nick Hodges joins the show to discuss the good and the bad of developer and team productivity, including how we can i…
 
Django has a handful of console commands to help manage and develop sites. django-rich adds color and nice formatting. Super cool. In a recent release, django-rich also adds nice colorized tracebacks to the Django test runner. Full Transcript Special Guests: Adam Johnson and David Smith. Sponsored By: Python Testing with pytest, 2nd edition: The fa…
 
Have you heard about the projects working toward getting Python to run in the browser? Maybe you would like to try it out for yourself, by building an interactive Python REPL with Pyodide and WebAssembly (WASM). This week on the show, Christopher Trudeau is here, and he’s brought another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects. We talk abou…
 
Are you using an Object-Relational Mapper (ORM) for your Python projects? What if it could work with SQL or No-SQL databases and be fully type-safe? This week on the show, Robert Craigie talks about Prisma Client Python. Prisma Client Python is built on top of Prisma, which was created for TypeScript and Node.js. It uses a schema file to declare yo…
 
Do you know the difference between creating a class instance and initializing it? Would you like an interactive tour of the Python Pillow library? This week on the show, Christopher Trudeau is here, and he’s brought another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects. We talk about the recent Real Python tutorial “Image Processing With the Pyth…
 
What goes into creating those enhanced error messages in the latest versions of Python? How does the new PEG parser help to pinpoint where errors have occurred? This week on the show, Pablo Galindo Salgado talks about the work that goes into creating these improvements. Pablo is a core CPython developer and is the release manager for Python version…
 
Do you understand how a hash table works? What if you could learn about building one while practicing test-driven development? What are best practices when designing a REST API? This week on the show, Christopher Trudeau is here, and he’s brought another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects. We talk about the recent Real Python article “…
 
Do you wonder if you’re taking the right approach when shaping data in pandas? Is your Jupyter workflow getting out of hand? This week on the show, Matt Harrison talks about his new book, “Effective Pandas: Patterns for Data Manipulation.” Matt discusses working as a corporate consultant and migrating Excel users toward Python. We explore several “…
 
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