I went to PyData Boston in July. The videos are just coming out now, so here are a couple of things that I enjoyed.
Travis Oliphant, the CEO of Continuum Analytics & author of NumPy gave the opening keynote. It was a great overview of what Continuum Analytics is up to (basically making wonderful software like Anaconda and Wakari and a million other amazing-looking things.).
When talking about Numba, he said “In my
mind, there’s no reason to write C++ anymore” for scientific computing –
you can just use Numba and decorate your Python functions with
Lynn Cherny gave a great talk about detecting sex scenes in Fifty Shades of Grey. She talks about using Mechanical Turk to build a classifier. It’s super interesting and hilarious. I’m really happy that I know that she exists now. I also found out that she maintains a mailing list for data visualization jobs. Here’s the video.
Jeff Bezanson from the Julia project gave a short intro to Julia. What stood out to me the most was not how cool Julia looks (though it does!) but he just seemed like such a lovely guy. He said there’s lots of work to be done on Julia, and now I really want to contribute. Apparently most of the standard library for Julia is written in Julia! Also Stefan Karpinski is a Hacker School resident and <3 Hacker School. Here’s the video of his talk.
In the lightning talks, Robert Speer demoed a neat library for fixing Unicode called ftfy.
I also met Kat Chuang who runs PyLadies NYC and is great.