Since its first release more than 20 years ago, Python has gone from being an obscure language from the Netherlands to one of the most widely used programming languages in the world. Python combines a powerful, expressive language with an extensive standard library, a vast ecosystem of third-party packages, and an active open-source community. Its approachability means that almost anyone - from casual programmers to professional developers - can engage with the language at the level they need, creating everything from simple scripts to complex applications.
In this talk, we’ll take a high-level tour of the language, and we’ll try to get a sense of how it feels to use Python. Rather than focus on the technical details of the language, we’ll go through actual Python programs to see how they work in practice. If you’re thinking of using Python, or are just curious, this talk will help you understand what Python can do and how it might work for you.
Austin is a founding director of Sixty North, a software consulting, training, and application development company. A native of Texas, in 2008 Austin moved to Stavanger, Norway where he helped develop industry-leading oil reservoir modeling software in C++ and Python. Prior to that he worked at National Instruments developing LabVIEW, at Applied Research Labs (Univ. of Texas at Austin) developing sonar systems for the U.S. Navy, and at a number of telecommunications companies. He is an experienced presenter, teacher, and author, as well as an active member of the open source community, and has given numerous presentations via Pluralsight, Python conferences and Python user groups. Austin holds a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.