PyDev of the Week: Ali Spittel

PyDev of the Week: Ali Spittel

This week we welcome Ali Spittel (@ASpittel) as our PyDev of the Week! Ali is a blogger and speaker and enjoys teaching about tech. You can see what code she’s been writing over on Github. Let’s take a few moments to get to know Ali better!

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


Hey! I’m Ali. I am a software engineer at DEV, an awesome community of programmers that I was a member of for a while before joining. Outside of work, I rock climb and hang out with my puppy, Blair. I’m also really involved in the DC tech community, which is incredible.


I’m mostly self-taught as far as programming goes — I was a government major at Hamilton College, but I took a few computer science classes and fell in love with it. Here we are!


Why did you start using Python?


I actually learned Python as my very first programming language in college. That class was awesome — we built a bunch of games and learned the fundamentals pretty well.


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


I’ve worked professionally doing a lot of front end development, and I have a lot of fun with JavaScript. I’ve also done some Ruby at work. I’ve used Java and C++ in school. Then, for personal projects, I’ve used Elm and Go too. I think JavaScript is my favorite of those — it’s just so important for the web and you can build really cool creative stuff with it.


Thanks for doing the interview, Ali!

from The Mouse Vs. The Python

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