PyDev of the Week: Irina Truong | The Mouse Vs. The Python

This week we welcome Irina Truong (@irinatruong) as our PyDev of the Week! Irina has been a speaker at several Python conferences and is a maintainer for pgcli, a Python package that is a command-line interface to the Postgres database. You can see what else she has been up to over on Github. Let’s spend some time getting to know Irina!

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Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc)?


I have a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Kharkiv University of Electronics (in Ukraine). I do aikido, and ride my bike to places when possible. 


Why did you start using Python?


I’ve been working for a long time in C# (.NET) [Microsoft won’t be very happy about this statement], but I was not very impressed by the whole .NET ecosystem. I wrote web applications in a few different languages, and yet there was no love at first sight. Until I encountered my first Python tutorial on building a small web application. The code was clear, concise, and the application did not need any servers set up to run locally. I knew I wanted to write in this language.


What other programming languages do you know and which is your favorite?


I wrote for a few years in Perl, PHP, Java, and a little in Ruby. I learned Scala, but never had the chance to use it in a real-world project. C# was the longest phase, but once I switched to Python, I never looked back. Occasionally, I had to do some work on the front-end (HTML/CSS/JavaScript) but I prefer back-end. Python still has my heart, with Scala a close second.


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