PyDev of the Week – Abigail Mesrenyame Dogbe | The Mouse vs The Python

PyDev of the Week – Abigail Mesrenyame Dogbe | The Mouse vs The Python

This week we welcome Abigail Mesrenyame Dogbe (@MesrenyameDogbe) as our PyDev of the Week! Abigail is active with the PyLadies organization in Africa and has also helped organize PyCon Africa. Abigail is also a fellow of the Python Software Foundation.

Let’s spend some time getting to know Abigail better!

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

I worked with the Internal Audit Department at the Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNet) after obtaining a BSc in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Mines and Technology in Tarkwa, Ghana. Growing up, I struggled with Mathematics and did lots of drawings, paintings, and singing during my hobbies. My hobbies became numerous as I matured so much that I no longer make drawings and paintings but I’ve found happiness in playing with African beads to make accessories and I still sing a lot, although mostly to smaller groups or to myself.

I have a great interest in sports such as volleyball, football and swimming as well. During my final year at the university, I was elected as the captain of the women’s volleyball team. We had lots of training sessions and won a few matches. I am actually impressed with how far the team has come after I completed school.

Also, I have a keen interest in Tech Community Building and I find joy in helping others grow in their career.

Why did you start using Python?

In 2017, a friend shared a registration link to the first Django Girls event in Accra. It involved teaching girls how to build websites using Python and Django. I took a chance at applying since I had never used or studied Python during my four-year stay in School learning Computer Science and Engineering. After the event, I learned how simple it was to use the language as compared with the other languages I had learned in school. The syntax was easier for me to understand and I have been particularly intrigued about the amazing Python Community. I have made friends from this community who have had a great influence and impact on my life.


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

The programming languages I learned in University included Java, C++ and Visual Basic. For Web development, we did some html and css as well.  I self-taught myself C which I used in my final year project work, published here. This project is about a GSM Communication Based Smart-Prepaid Energy Meter Monitoring System.

I know that for every project or solution to an idea it is important to use a programming language suitable to achieving your goal. Last year, I explored automation with Python and have started exploring it more in Data Analysis and Visualization. So yes, I think Python is currently my favorite language…

Thanks for doing the interview, Abigail!

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PyDev of the Week: Vuyisile Ndlovu | The Mouse vs The Python

PyDev of the Week: Vuyisile Ndlovu | The Mouse vs The Python

This week we welcome Vuyisile Ndlovu (@terrameijar) as our PyDev of the Week! Vuyisile is a contributor to Real Python and a Python blogger on his own website. He is also active in the Python community in Africa. You can find out more about Vuyisile on his website or by checking out his Github profile. Let’s take some time to get to know him better!

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This Week’s Subject: Vuyisile Ndlovu courtesy of Mike Driscoll

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

I’m a developer from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. I have always been fascinated by computers so after I completed High School, I enrolled for an I.T Diploma program at a local community college that had programming as part of the curriculum. Unfortunately, my situation changed and I couldn’t graduate in the end. I switched to teaching myself computer science topics and programming through online courses and books.

When I’m not working on code, I like to work on woodworking projects in the backyard and taking my dogs for regular walks. Doing this allows me to take a break from tech, be creative in different ways and also get some exercise.

Why did you start using Python?

I was a core contributor to the Mozilla project for a few years and one of the teams I worked with used Python extensively for automating their work. I liked how simple and intuitive Python looked so I started learning it. Compared to C++, which is what I was used to, the Python syntax was easier for me to understand and I loved that it could be used for Web Development, which is an area I have an interest in. As I learned more about the language, I realised that it has an amazing community and since then I’ve made a lot of friends from being a part of the Python community and this is one of the reasons that reinforced my desire to keep using Python.

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

I don’t have a favorite language yet because I haven’t been programming for a long time and I know that different languages are suited for different things. I’m learning JavaScript and back in college, I took C++ and Visual Basic classes. I teach programming classes at a High School using VB.Net because I find that using Visual Basic makes building GUIs in a Windows environment easy and the language is relatively simple to teach to beginners.

The work projects I work on are web projects and I enjoy using Python and Django to build those out.

Thanks for doing the interview, Vuyisile!

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Microsoft to expand TV white spaces Airband Initiative globally | OnMSFT.com

Microsoft to expand TV white spaces Airband Initiative globally | OnMSFT.com
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I have detailed previously here, here, and here in this blog how Microsoft, while not being alone in major tech companies such as Google and Facebook providing Internet access worldwide, is the company with the most potential to reach everyone. Now that their initiative is proven in the United States, now time to reach the world with Airband 2.0 (my term).

Microsoft is expanding its Airband Initiative—an effort to bring broadband Internet access to unserved 3 million residents in the U.S.—to become a global initiative.

Source: Microsoft to expand TV white spaces Airband Initiative globally


OnMSFT.Com Tue Oct 08 2019 11:23:57 [time arrived at my feed reader]

Making it happen for his homeland | CNN

In this crazy world, and despite certain political efforts to not be open and welcoming, The United States can and will show again why we are the world’s leader in most everything that is right, just, and good.

PyDev of the Week: Aisha Bello | The Mouse Vs. The Python

PyDev of the Week: Aisha Bello | The Mouse Vs. The Python

Yes, there was a PyDev last week; I was pre-occupied with other matters to post about it. Anyway, this Labor Day (US) edition continues to shine spotlights on #BlackGirlMagic coders here and around the world. I can never get enough of them, so shouldn’t you.

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