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This week we talk about boundaries (again), specially at work.How can it be that 12 hour days are becoming the norm?This has to stop!And it's insidious, because the extra work always seems to sneak in!First we look at where we think this is coming from.Then we offer some practical tips we've learned over the years that will have you better manage this.Books we're reading:- The missing Readme- Robust Python (type hints)- The Insider's Guide to Culture Change- They are part of our Podcast reading list.If you struggle with boundaries, get a copy of our Productivity course, you won't regret it because implementing what you learn there will save you at least 1-2 hours daily!And to combine these type of career skills with highly specialized Python + dev skills, come talk to us how our approach / coaching can turn you into a well rounded developer faster.
This week Bob and Pybites Coach, Robin Beer, interview Sebastián Ramirez, the creator of FastAPI, Typer and SQLModel.We talk about:- What he is currently working on.- How to balance the large amount of opportunities in his space (open source developer productivity tips).- The process of designing new libraries that are the glue between other ones.- The feeling of never being enough as a developer (the more you know the more you don't know).- His perfect developer setup.- How to work back from the "best developer experience" / working on documentation in tandem with the code (we came to call "documentation driven development").- Future vision (work and Python).- And more ...We hope you enjoy this episode. After listening to this episode:- Go check out Sebastián's work.- Follow him on Twitter.- Go code our free FastAPI learning path: 10 exercises that teach you the ins and outs of this beautiful framework.- Stay tuned for our new Typer and SQLModel learning paths ...
This week, we have Robin back on the show to talk about how he has grown as a Python developer with the startup ACCURE and as mentor at PDM.ACCURE Battery Intelligence GmbH uses cloud computing to make batteries more safe, reliable and sustainable and has grown 10x from 4 to more than 40 ACCURIANs in less than 2 years.Robin shares insights on challenges along the way and his passion to grow python skills both with ACCURE and PDM.Enjoy and feel free to reach out to Robin and ACCURE below!Links:- Robin's Twitter- Robin is a PDM coach now - ACCURE Careers- Severin Ryberg about how ACCURE leverages Scheduled Scaling with Dask and Argo Workflows- Previous episode Robin was on- He is also in our Slack Community - PDM for Business offer- Pybites Podcast Reading List
Welcome back to our podcast.It's easy to get stuck in your own bubble. Julian travelled to the other side of the planet and came to realize that it's easy to get carried away by the hustle and grind of the day to day.In this episode we reflect on that and talk about 5 axioms Julian found online about what it means to be rich:1. You want to get rid of the alarm clock.2. You want to leisurely spend time with people you love.3. You want to stop worrying about the rent/mortgage or whether you can buy healthy food.4. You want to be able to help.5. You want to do more of what you love.We think these are awesome to strive towards and what they all have in common is having more freedom / control in your life, something becoming a remote (nomad) developer can give you. We hope this helps you pause and reflect from time to time to keep the bigger picture in mind. Enjoy and stay tuned for some amazing guests in the coming episodes ...What are we reading? Check out our Pybites Podcast Reading List.---Having projects to show managers is a game-changer. I have been able to skip 1 round of tech interview questions at one company and a live coding session at another just because I had projects to share and show. It makes interviewing so much easier and makes me feel more confident.- Heather G (PDM client)Do you want to land a developer job and/ or leverage your Python to do great things in your career / for the world. Time to check out our PDM program, a 12 week program that will give you the skills and confidence to achieve this and more.
if you're not a fan of the show, it's Jason's fault. If you're a fan of the show, it's Jason's fault.This week the man that gave us the golden tip to start a podcast, Jason Wattier.Jason tells us what he does in his day to day, which nicely segues into networking as an important skill he leveraged throughout his career. Be ready for some great tips and overall a fun conversation with a long time friend and member of the Pybites community (which you can join here: we're reading:- Jason: Effective pandas + Don't trust your gut- Bob: The magic of thinking big- Julian: Harvard Business Review- Networking related book: Give and Take- We added all the books mentioned on our podcast to this reading list. Reach out to Jason on Twitter, LinkedIn or on our Slack.Jason also wrote an article on our blog about Pycon: You don’t need to be a Pro @ Python to crack the code of PyconPlease send us any feedback or ideas to - thanks for listening!
This week we have Christo back on the show to talk about his experience in the data engineering field.He shares some valuable tips how to become a more effective data engineer which, surprisingly or not, increasingly requires a well-rounded Python developer skill set.Enjoy and feel free to reach out to Christo below ...Christo's website: https://www.christoolivier.comChristo is a PDM coach now, check it out: episode Christo was on: is also in our Slack community:
Welcome back to another Pybites podcast episode. In this episode we talk about common pitfalls you want to avoid when becoming a Python developer:Pitfall #1: Tutorial paralysisPitfall #2: Improper sequencingPitfall #3: Obsessing over Pythonic codePitfall #4: Going on your own for too long... after that we look at the 80/20 (aka "Pareto") to focus on  to become a well-rounded Python developer:80/20 Rule #1: Work on bigger projects80/20 Rule #2: Build a portfolio80/20 Rule #3: Work with experienced developers80/20 Rule #4: Become a content provider---If this resonates with you and you want to better your career as a Pythonista, book us in for a career chat: for listening,  Any feedback, write us an email to info@pybit.esWe'll be back next week!
**The  official Pybites T-Shirt**This week we talk about an important topic: how to prevent yourself as a programmer from getting into tunnel vision when coding. We have a nice practical example we'll share how we hit this last week (and many times more for that matter) in one of our solutions and also relate it to similar experience people go through when working with us. You have to take a step back from time to time ("creating space") to think about the bigger picture design.We hope it helps you and prepares you better when you hit this issue which (as we like to say) can be insidious.Pybites merch store (t-shirts, mugs and stickers): (Pybites Developer Mindset) program: episodes:- Getting unstuck with your code- Sunk cost biasBooks we're reading:- Fluent Python 2nd ed- The Secret Commonwealth- All books mentioned on our podcastThanks for listening, for any feedback hit us up via email:
In this episode we talk about the gift of time. Are you intentional in how you spend time with people? We talk about several advantages, why it's so important for your career, personal growth and life / well being. And the best thing: it takes relatively little effort and time if you know how to manage it well productivity wise. Enjoy and ping us if you have preferred topics you want to hear us discuss on our podcast - thanks!Books mentioned:Made to StickTest-Driven Development with PythonPybites Podcast reading list: our Slack here: podcast channel: information about our PDM program:
Whether you like it or not we are emotional species so you have to manage your motivation, it's not a given!In this week's podcast we feature two segments from our productivity course: motivation and procrastination.We teach you various techniques to keep your motivation high:- Desire breathes motivation.- Go back to your goals regularly.- Visualise your future self.- Get an accountability partner.- Respect your bio (sleep, diet, exercise).- Work with people that are one or two steps ahead of you.Then we talk about the Procrastination monster that ruins that good momentum you built up.In this section we see why procrastination happens:- We procrastinate on things that make us feel uncomfortable.- It will affect our long term success and you might not realise it instantly, e.g. eat unhealthily one day and nothing happens, do it for 10 years and it will cause disaster.- The good news though is that procrastination can be beaten:Focus on the longer term goals, remember why they’re important to you:- Every step you take now will pay dividends later (what’s the opportunity cost of not doing it?)- Build the habit of doing just a little bit of hard work before the pleasure (use the Pomodoro technique)- Eat the “ugliest frog” first (Brian Tracy) or do some “easy” work to gain momentum.- Control your environment and work / life balance (when at work, work, when at play, play)Enjoy and if you struggle with productivity yourself, check out our course which sole aim is to win you time back, every single day: is what Rev. Kelly Smith has to say about the course:The productivity course is a great help because it focuses on cross-discipline skills. We all face the same struggles with distractions, motivation, procrastination, and wanting to get things just right, i.e. perfectionism. You have the opportunity to learn from Bob and Julian who have studied respected authors on productivity. What they do in the course is condense what they have learned and applied successfully to their own lives, and share it with you in a series of warm, friendly, and concise videos.I highly recommend the course. If you are looking to accomplish more, or perhaps aren’t sure what your next steps are in work, or you just want to be home with your wife and kids. Check it out, there is some wonderful and practical wisdom that benefits not just programmers, but people from all walks of life.Finally here is mentioned Pybites podcast reading list:
This week we talk about a "taboo" topic: the pursuit of chasing the bigger paycheque. We reflect on the (hidden) cost of this and what to take into consideration. As usual, we also share some cool wins and books we're reading. Join our Facebook group: Live training coming in a few weeks ...What we're reading: Create Space, Blockchain Revolution,  Refactoring 2nd ed, Brief Answers to the Big Questions (Here is a complete reading list of all books we've mentioned on the podcast)And a special shout-out to Brian Okken's Python Testing with pytest, Second Edition which we reviewed and thoroughly enjoyed. Great work Brian!Thanks for listening, for any feedback email us at
To hear the latest from Pybites, subscribe to our friends list here: this episode we tell the story about Pybites CMS, our new powertool we use to better streamline our business.We tell why we built it, how it was an opportunity for Julian to brush up his coding skills, how we applied the PDM philosophy of learning by building, scratching your own itch.Join our Facebook group here (live training coming soon!): if you want to take your Python and dev skills to the next level, check out our PDM coaching program here: could not find the mentioned article about shipping fast, but we certainly have spoken about this before, here are some additional resources: for listening, for any feedback email us at
To hear the latest from Pybites, subscribe to our friends list here: much deep work do you get done on a typical work day?In our case, we thought plenty.It turns out that lately it's been less and less.As the authors of Practical Productivity with PyBites this came as quite a shock!But as you'll learn in this episode, productivity is insidious.You can be well on track with your goals, focus and habits, but then gradually, things start to slide, and before you know it you're completely off-track.In this episode we talk about how we became aware of this and provide you with some tips to help you get back on track, that is how to increase your daily amount of deep work.Mentioned resources:- Create Space book- Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule - Paul Graham - Deep work book by Cal Newport (a staple! Also check out his other books) - Insightful article: The Importance of Deep Work & The 30-Hour Method for learning a new skill- Our productivity course: very practical, tailored to the effective developer but also generic enough (< 4 hours you'll have a framework to keep your productivity high)Thanks for listening.---Lastly, apart from Slack we're also building an exciting community on Facebook where we'll soon provide some LIVE developer mindset training, join us here:
Welcome back to the Pybites podcast. Today Julian's shares a personal story of something that happened to his 6 year old son at school. It made us pause and reflect also linking it to the workplace. We also share an important coding / scratch-your-own-itch win and talk about books we're currently reading: Architecture Patterns with Python and The Internet of Money.Hope you enjoy this episode and reach out to us for any feedback or requests.Thanks for listening and we'll be back next week.
In this podcast episode Bob interviews Alex Wulff and Russell Helmstedter from Ventura Unified School District.These guys are doing something really special for their students: they integrate math, computer science, Python and physical objects into a practical, holistic and super engaging learning experience.In our interview we dive into their curriculum, the backstory how they built it out, what drives them, and much more.We also discuss how they leverage our platform in the classroom (mentioned certificate wall / Pybites demo) and other entrepreneurial initiatives to prepare students better (the stuff we'd have loved to have learned at that age wow!) and how they mentor other teachers as well.We hope you enjoy this episode and that it inspires you to become a better teacher and always think critically how we can better train the next generation of programmers.If you like this episode you should totally connect with them as well, they make it easy to do so (thanks guys!)Alex- Email: Website: LinkedIn: Instagram: Facebook (Stembassadors is Alex’s non-profit): Work email: Personal: Twitter: On Pybites Slack: -> @Russell Helmstedter
Today we discuss how detrimental it is to compare yourself to others, be it on social media, in the workplace or just life in general.What does this have to do with Python developers? A lot actually. Comparing yourself seriously increases anxiety and imposter syndrome so we hope this episode gives some perspective. If you fall into this trap, we also hope it helps you get out of it so that the only person you compare yourself to is yourself.Bonus: a bit of an introvert / extrovert reflection discussion.What we're reading:- Bob: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Julian: The Insider's Guide to Culture Change: Creating a Workplace That Delivers, Grows, and Adapts---We hope you enjoy this episode and if there are things you'd like us to discuss, we're only one email a way: support@pybit.esThanks for listening and please give us an upvote or like. We don't know the podcast app algorithms, but we're sure it will help get this content out to more Pythonistas, developers and IT people that can benefit from it.---As per our ad segment, to talk about your Python journey and career book us in for a 30 min chat here. We've helped ~ 100 Pythonistas 1:1 by now and they seriously boosted their skills and confidence which they apply on a daily basis to obtain greater career opportunities and give back to the community.
Sometimes we feel like we need to put up a façade, especially in front of our leaders. Showing up as your authentic self is so important though and the benefits are immense.In this episode, Hannah Kook, a Senior Communications Manager at AWS, shares her story and tips on what it is to be your authentic self at work.If you muster up the confidence to step into the ring, people will see that you have unique super powers and traits that your competition doesn't.If you hold yourself back you're not giving people the opportunity to see why you're at the table.There's more that you can offer if you double-down on your super powers.It doesn't matter what meeting you're in, there's nothing wrong with being your authentic self. Having the confidence to embrace it and do it is key.Focusing on your superpowers helps you take focus away from what you feel are your shortcomings.Being your authentic self earns trust!When you show up authentically it has a ripple effect and allows others to do the same.Hannah's Actionable Tips to being your authentic self:First, look inward. You need to know the strengths that make you uniquely you.Second, ask others that you trust to validate what your strengths are.Third, show up and speak up! You've got this! You're the expert at your strengths, you can do it, don't back down, be yourself.Four, be ready for discomfort. It's not going to feel amazing the first time and that's FINE. Just keep doing the work and you'll get stronger and better at it.Five, YOUV'E GOT THIS (again!).References:The Memo - you can find Hannah:LinkedIn:
Welcome back to the Pybites podcast. This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Jesse Brink about his transformation from school teacher to professional software developer. In this interview he shares valuable insights what he did to get there. There was the technical part, but there were also strong marketing and mindset components we dig into.We hope you enjoy this episode and leave us a rating and/or review if you do. It will help grow the show, get this content out to more people that might benefit from it - thanks!You can reach out to Jesse on our Slack. You can find more information about PDM here and if interested you can set up a call with us here.
In this episode we introduce our new logo and share the backstory how it came about and its meaning. We think it better aligns with our mission of creating well-rounded developers and growing people's careers. What we're currently reading:- Bob: Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (+ on reading list: The Nineties: A Book)- Julian: Create Space: How to manage time and find focus, productivity and successHave a good weekend and thanks for your support.---If you're interested in seriously improving your Python, developer and mindset skills, in just 10 weeks, check out our PDM program.
Today we have Thomas Gaigher (creator of pypyr) back on the show to talk about debugging. We hit on various important areas:- Visualization.- The debugging process.- Tracking and tracing.- Preventative measures.We even unexpectedly (and interestingly) spoke about design patterns. We hope you enjoy the show.Mentioned resources:- A debugging tale PyBites article- Thomas' first appearance on the podcastBooks mentioned:- Metropolitan novel- Design patterns (Gang of Four)Reach out to Thomas:- Twitter- PyBites Slack---Are you serious about taking your Python career to the next level? Our PDM program takes you from scripter to proficient Pythonista in just 10 weeks. You'll become an effective developer that writes robust software and knows how to market those skills well. Does that sound appealing to you? If so, book us in for a chat and we'll see how PDM would look for you, based on your individual needs and goals ...
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