PyDev of the Week: Mariusz Felisiak

PyDev of the Week: Mariusz Felisiak

This week we welcome Mariusz Felisiak (@MariuszFelisiak) as our PyDev of the Week! Mariusz is a core developer of the Django web framework and a maintainer of the django-request package. You can follow Mariusz over on Github to see what he’s been up to. Let’s spend some time getting to know Mariusz!

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

Few facts from my life. I’m a software developer with over 11 years of experience in designing and implementing web applications. I graduated in Computer Science in 2010. I defended my PhD thesis related with numerical algorithms in 2018. I’ve done this after few years of coping in the same time with open source activities, daily job and PhD studies. It was a really intense time.

I’m always eager to contribute to open source projects which takes a large part of my free time, or at least it took before my daughter was born

I have been in love with Python and Django for 10 years. From 2017 I’m a member of the Django Core Team and the Django Software Foundations. In the middle of March I’m starting as a Django Fellow so Django will become my daily work! The funniest thing is that I should have more “free-time”

I’m a huge fan of open source and communities that stand behind them, that’s why I’m trying to be as involved as possible.

Outside of the tech world I’m a speedway fan who spends free-time on traveling and winter mountaineering.

Why did you start using Python?

I started my professional career from ancient Oracle’s tools e.g. Oracle Forms & Reports. In 2009, we decided to write all new apps in a more modern framework, finally Python and Django were chosen. I had a sketchy knowledge of Python, so I’ve learned Python and Django in the same time and I’ve never looked back.

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

I know SQL, PL/SQL, Java, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, C and C++. I probably also know how to write “Hello World” in few other programming languages. C and C++ are my favorite since I used them heavily in my studies and PhD.

Thanks for doing the interview, Mariusz!

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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!

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