#249 Capture the Staff of Pythonic Knowledge in TwilioQuest
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Are you learning or helping someone else learn Python, why not make a game out of it? TwilioQuest is a game that doesn't treat you with kid-gloves while teaching you Python. Using your editor of choice, write code on your machine, and still play the game to solve Python challenges.

In this episode, you'll meet Kevin Whinnery and Ryan Kubik from Twilio, who created TwiloQuest. They are here to tell us all about it.

Links from the show

TwilioQuest: twilio.com/quest/learn/python

Ryan on Twitter: @ryrykubes
Kevin on Twitter: @kevinwhinnery
TwilioQuest on Twitter: @twilioquest

Tiled map editor: mapeditor.org
Phaser: phaser.io
Free game assets: kenney.nl
Open Game Art: opengameart.org


Talk Python Training
Python Bytes
Python Bytes
Michael Kennedy and Brian Okken
#221 Pattern matching and accepting change in Python with Brett Cannon
Sponsored by Datadog: pythonbytes.fm/datadog Special guest: Brett Cannon Brian #1: Keeping up with Rich * Will McGugan has been building Rich * It looks like it’s on its way to becoming a full fledged TUI (text user interface) * December: Live view: no blog post on that, I don’t think. * January: Tree view: Rendering a tree view in the terminal with Python and Rich * February: Layouts: Building Rich terminal dashboards * fun fullscreen.py example, uses Live view * Also, python -m rich will display a demo screen that shows tons of the stuff that Rich can do * Many of the features also have a stand alone demo built in, like: $ python -m rich.layout $ python -m rich.tree $ python -m rich.live * Although I haven’t figured out how to kill the live demo. it doesn’t seem to time out, and it eats Ctrl-C in my terminal. * I’d really like to use Rich for interactive stuff, like keyboard interrupts and arrow keys and tab and such. It’d be fun. * Which brings me to the bottom right corner of the python -m rich output. It includes a GitHub Sponsor link for Will. * Also, Will, unless it’s a contradiction to RTD TOS, I think you should include a Sponsor link in the Rich documentation. * Let’s convince Will to make Rich a full TUI. Michael #2: 12 requests per second * If you take a look around the blogosphere at various benchmarks for Python web frameworks, you might start to feel pretty bad about your own setup. * The incredible work of the guys at magic stack, getting 100,000 requests per second from uvloop in a single thread. * There’s the FastAPI benchmarks * Even more mind-blowing is Japronto which claims an insane 1.2 million requests per-second in a single thread * But what about your “boring” Flask or Django app? And how realistic are these benchmarks? Usually, not very. * Here’s an article diving into this for a “proper” ORM style app. * 12 - 80 requests per sec: Both our sync workers are now hitting a blazing 12 requests per second 😅 Using async workers seems to help a lot, but oddly Sanic struggles here. * Be sure to run in prod on a “real” server setup (nginx + gunicorn or whatever) * Compare this to Talk Python Training - Python 3, uWSGI, Pyramid, MongoDB, $20/mo server * Get around 125 requests/sec @ 100ms response time on a single server. * More realistically, we can handle about 10,000-20,000 concurrent “realistic” users before performance suffers. Brett #3: Python Launcher for Unix reaches RC (probably 😉) * Exclusive! 😁 * Started right after PyCon US 2018 * Implemented in Rust (it’s my “good size” Rust learning project) * The Python Launcher for Windows works by: * Checking the shebang line * If VIRTUAL_ENV is set * Find the newest pythonX.Y version/command on $PATH * Can specify specific versions via e.g. -3 or -3.9 * PY_PYTHON and PY_PYTHON3 environment variables supported * --list also works * Can use PYLAUNCH_DEBUG to see what the tool is doing * --help covers all of this * Unix version differs in the preference of shebang versus VIRTUAL_ENV over shebang * Figure on Unix you will chmod the executable bit if you truly care about the shebang * I also assume at this point people will use entry points if they really want to tie something to an interpreter version * How often do people peg their scripts to a specific Python version instead of python2 or python3? * What do people think of this logic swap (hence the “probably”)? * Unix bonus feature: will automatically use any virtual environment found in .venv in the working directory (and no, what directory is considered is not configurable 😁) * All of this has made it py my preferred way of running Python on my machine * Really useful with Starship and its Python support (does away with the big “Tip” box they have for the python_binary setting) Michael #4: Build a text editor with Python and curses * [curses](https://docs.python.org/3/library/curses.html) is a library to avoid having to deal with low level issues like efficiently painting to the terminal screen and receiving user input. * a barebones curses application import curses def main(stdscr): while True: k = stdscr.getkey() if k == "q": sys.exit(0) if __name__ == "__main__": curses.wrapper(main) * Clear the screen with stdscr.erase() * Adding text (a line of text) to the screen: stdscr.addstr(row, 0, line) * The article covers interesting topics like a “view” into the file that fits the screen and a cursor you move around with arrow keys Brett #5: Pattern matching and accepting change in Python * The “5-barrel foot-gun” in the room (to use Brian’s words from the last episode 😉) * Usual places have people commenting from “I like this” to screaming bloody murder * I think there are many “new” people to the language who don’t know Python prior to Python 3, so they don’t realize how much things used to regularly change in the language * Pattern matching was very much debated publicly, so this wasn’t a secret (and I’m sorry if you didn’t have the time to participate, but Python development doesn’t even always wait for me and I’m on the SC, so …) * The 2020 SC also announced publicly the possibility of this back in December with their recommendation to accept the PEP(s) * Also usual comments of “why did they waste their time on that?!? Go fix packaging!” (and it’s almost always packaging 🙄) * This is open source: some people wanted to put their personal time and effort into trying to get pattern matching into Python, so that’s what they did * If you want to help with Python’s packaging ecosystem, you can do so but trying to tell people what they “need” or “should” do with their time is simply rude * History repeats itself: every change is unwelcome unless it solves your problem * Pattern matching very much opens up opportunities for certain problems that were not easily possible before, e.g. parsers and compilers are classics (and hence why they are so often implemented in functional languages) * I don’t think you will see this in nearly every code base like you do e.g. list comprehensions * E.g. I’m sure data scientists aren’t saying any of this since they got @, right? 😉 * People also claiming it isn’t Pythonic need to note that Guido helped drive this * Do you know what is Pythonic better than Guido? 😉 * He might not be BDFL anymore, but that doesn’t mean he still doesn’t have good design sense, i.e. if you like Python up to this point then trust Guido’s gut that this is a good thing * “In Guido We Trust” (you can even get it on a mug 😉) * If you use pattern matching in real-world code and have feedback to provide with enough time to consider it before b1, then please let python-dev know * E.g. there is a chance to change the meaning of _ if that is truly your biggest hang-up * This will all probably become a blog post * Running title is “The Social Contract of Open Source” * These kinds of attitudes against people trying their best to make things better for folks is what led to Guido retiring from being the BDFL in the first place, me having to take a month off from open source every year, etc. * Aside: more influenced by Scala than by Haskell (not sure where Michael and some other people I’ve seen online got the idea Haskell played into this) * Did you know we got list comprehensions from Haskell? Brian #6: A Quick Intro to Structural Pattern Matching in Python * aka the “switch” statement. I mean, the “match” statement. * Also known as PEP 636, Appendix A — Quick Intro * courtesy Guido van Rossum * This finally helps me to get my head around simple uses of the new syntax for 3.10 * simple form: def http_error(status): match status: case 400: return "Bad request" case 401: return "Unauthorized" cas…
59 min
Google Cloud Platform Podcast
Google Cloud Platform Podcast
Google Cloud Platform
Cloud Spanner Revisited with Dilraj Kaur and Christoph Bussler
Mark Mirchandani and Stephanie Wong are back this week as we learn about all the new things happening with Google Cloud Spanner. Our guests this week, Dilraj Kaur and Christoph Bussler, describe Cloud Spanner as a fully managed relational database that boasts unlimited scaling and advanced consistency and availability. Unlimited scaling truly means unlimited, and Chris explains why Cloud Spanner offers this feature and how it’s making database design and development easier. Dilraj and Chris tell us all about the cool new features Spanner has developed, like generated columns and foreign keys, and how customer needs influenced these developments. Chris walks us through the process of using some of these new features, including how developers can monitor their database systems. Managed backups and multi-region configuration are additional recent additions to Cloud Spanner, and our guests explain how these are used by current enterprise clients. Dilraj and Chris explain the automatically managed features of Spanner versus the customer managed features and how people set up and manage database projects. We hear examples of companies using Cloud Spanner and how it has improved their businesses. Dilraj Kaur Dilraj Kaur is an Enterprise Customer Engineer with specialization in Data Management. She has been with Google for about 2.5 years and is based in Atlanta. Christoph Bussler As a Solutions Architect Chris is focusing on databases, data migration and data integration in enterprise customer settings. See his professional work and background on his website. Cool things of the week * New to Google Cloud? Here are a few free trainings to help you get started blog * Start your skills challenge today site * Service Directory is generally available: Simplify your service inventory blog Interview * Google Cloud Spanner site * GCP Podcast Episode 62: Cloud Spanner with Deepti Srivastava podcast * Using the Cloud Spanner Emulator docs * Cloud Spanner Ecosystem site * Cloud Spanner Qwiklabs site * Google Cloud Platform Community On Slack site * Creating and managing generated columns docs * WITH Clause docs * Foreign Keys docs * Numeric Data Type docs * Information schema docs * Overview of introspection tools docs * Backup and Restore docs * Multi-region configurations docs * ShareChat: Building a scalable data-driven social network for non-English speakers globally site * Blockchain.com: Streamlining infrastructure for the world’s most dynamic financial market site * What is Cloud Spanner? video What’s something cool you’re working on? Mark has been working on budgeting blog posts, including Protect your Google Cloud spending with budgets. Stephanie is working on her data center animation series
41 min
Kubernetes Podcast from Google
Kubernetes Podcast from Google
Adam Glick and Craig Box
Multi-Cluster Services, with Jeremy Olmsted-Thompson
This week we talk multi-cluster services with Jeremy Olmsted-Thompson, co-chair of the Kubernetes Multicluster SIG, and tech lead on the Google Kubernetes Engine platform team. Guest host Tim Hockin shows us the way. Do you have something cool to share? Some questions? Let us know: * web: kubernetespodcast.com * mail: kubernetespodcast@google.com * twitter: @kubernetespod Chatter of the week * Episode 41, with Tim Hockin * The Machete Order * John Boyega on Star Wars News of the week * Istio 1.9 * IstioCon 2021 - February 22-26 * Mayadata spins out Chaos Native * Cilium Network Policy editor * Kubernetes network policy explained by Dominik Tornow * Trend Micro write-up on container-escaping malware * Dynatrace Cloud Automation and native log support * Episode 119, with Alois Reitbauer * Shipa 1.2 * New GKE, EKS and AKS releases * Tanzu Build Service 1.1 * Kubernetes 101 Retrospective by Jeff Geerling * CFP for the eight KubeCon EU pre-days * Designing for SaaS on Kubernetes at Teleport by Virag Mody * Comparing OPA/Gatekeeper and Kyverno by Chip Zoller Links from the interview * Anthos on VMware * SIG Multicluster * Federation v2 update * Multi-Cluster Services KEP * Namespace sameness * Gateway API (formerly known as Service APIs) * Istio RFC * Introducing GKE multi-cluster services * Multi-cluster Ingress * Cluster API * Cluster ID KEP * Jeremy Olmsted-Thompson on Twitter and GitHub
26 min
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