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Author: Michael Kennedy (@mkennedy)

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Talk Python to Me is a weekly podcast hosted by developer and entrepreneur Michael Kennedy. We dive deep into the popular packages and software developers, data scientists, and incredible hobbyists doing amazing things with Python. If you're new to Python, you'll quickly learn the ins and outs of the community by hearing from the leaders. And if you've been Pythoning for years, you'll learn about your favorite packages and the hot new ones coming out of open source.
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Python is special. It's used by the big tech companies but also by those you would rarely classify as developers. On this episode, we get a look inside how Python is being used at a Children's Hospital to speed and improve patient care. We have Dr. Somak Roy here to share how he's using Python in his day to day job to help kids get well a little bit faster.
Python is one of the most popular languages of the current era. It dominates data science, it an incredible choice for web development, and its many people's first language. But it's not super great on front-end programing, is it? Frameworks like React, Vue and other JavaScript frameworks rule the browser and few other languages even get a chance to play there. But with pyscript, which I've covered several times on this show, we have the possibility of Python on the front end. Yet it's not really a front end framework, just a runtime in the browser. That's why I'm excited to have Ken Kinder on the podcast to talk about his project PuePy, a reactive frontend framework in Python.
I've gathered a group of Python experts who have been thinking deeply about where Python is going and who have lived through where it has been. This episode is all about near-term Python trends and things we each believe will be important to focus on as Python continues to grow. Our panelists are Jodie Burchell, Carol Willing, and Paul Everett.
I have a special episode for you this time around. We're coming to you live from PyCon 2024. I had the chance to sit down with some amazing people from the data science side of things: Jodie Burchell, Maria Jose Molina-Contreras, and Jessica Greene. We cover a whole set of recent topics from a data science perspective. Though we did have to cut the conversation a bit short as they were coming from and go to talks they were all giving but it was still a pretty deep conversation.
You're using Pydantic and it seems pretty straightforward, right? But could you adopt some simple changes to your code that would make it a lot faster and more efficient? Chances are, you'll find a couple of the tips from Sydney Runkle that will do just that. Join us to talk about Pydantic performance tips here on Talk Python.
There hasn't been a boom like the AI boom since the .com days. And it may look like a space destined to be controlled by a couple of tech giants. But Ines Montani thinks open source will play an important role in the future of AI. I hope you join us for this excellent conversation about the future of AI and open source.
Do you want to look inside your Django request? How about all of your requests in development and see where they overlap? If that sounds useful, you should check out Kolo. It's a pretty incredible extension for your editor (VS Code at the moment, more editors to come most likely). We have Wilhelm Klopp on to tell us all about it.
So you've created a web app with Python using Flask, Django, FastAPI, or even Emmett. It works great on your machine. How do you get it out to the world? You'll need a production-ready web server. On this episode, we have Giovanni Barillari to tell us about his relatively-new server named Granian. It promises better performance and much better consistency than many of the more well known ones today.
This episode dives into some of the most important data science libraries from the Python space with one of its pioneers: Wes McKinney. He's the creator or co-creator of pandas, Apache Arrow, and Ibis projects and an entrepreneur in this space.
Do you use Python in an academic setting? Maybe you run a research lab or teach courses using Python. Maybe you're even a student using Python. Whichever it is, you'll find a ton of great advice in this episode. I talk with Keiland Cooper about how he is using Python at his neuroscience lab at the University of California, Irvine.
Do you find yourself or your team building internal apps frequently for your company? Are you familiar with the term "forms over data"? They are super empowering for your org but they can be pretty repetitive and you might find yourself spending more time than you'd like working on them rather than core products and services. I invited Jimmy Chan from Dropbase to tell us about their service who's tagline is "Build internal web apps with just Python." It's a cool service and a fun conversation.
We all know that tools like ChatGPT have really empowered developers to tackle bigger problems. Are you using TailwindCSS and need a login page? Try asking Chat "What is the HTML for a login page with the login username, password, and button in its own section in the center of the page?" It will literally give you a first pass version of it. But how far can you push this? Fred Tubiermont may have taken it farther than most. He built a functioning SaaS product with paying customers by only using ChatGPT and Python. It's fascinating to hear his story.
What is the state of serverless computing and Python in 2024? What are some of the new tools and best practices? We are lucky to have Tony Sherman who has a lot of practical experience with serverless programming on the show.
We've spoken previously about security and software supply chains and we are back at it this episode. We're diving in again with Charles Coggins. Charles works at a software supply chain company and is on to give us the insiders and defender's perspective on how to keep our Python apps and infrastructure safe.
Do you know what custom GPTs are? They're configurable and shareable chat experiences with a name, logo, custom instructions, conversation starters, access to OpenAI tools, and custom API actions. And, you can build them with Python! Ian Maurer has been doing just that and is here to share his experience building them.
Interested in data science but you're not quite working in it yet? In software, getting that very first job can truly be the hardest one to land. On this episode, we have Avery Smith from Data Career Jumpstart here to share his advice for getting your first data job.
Do you have data that you pull from external sources or is generated and appears at your digital doorstep? I bet that data needs processed, filtered, transformed, distributed, and much more. One of the biggest tools to create these data pipelines with Python is Dagster. And we are fortunate to have Pedram Navid on the show this episode. Pedram is the Head of Data Engineering and DevRel at Dagster Labs. And we're talking data pipelines this week at Talk Python.
Have you ever been wait around for pip to do its thing while installing packages or syncing a virtual environment or through some higher level tool such as pip-tools? Then you'll be very excited to hear about the tool just announced from Astral called uv. It's like pip, but 100x faster. Charlie Marsh from Ruff fame and founder of Astral is here to dive in. Let's go.
Have you heard of Quart? It's the fully-async version of Flask created by Philip Jones who is working closely with the Flask team on these parallel projects. The TL;DR; version is that if you want to take advantage of async and await and you're using Flask, you want to give Quart a solid look. We've spoken to Philip previously about Quart. This time around here's here to share his top Quart extensions and libraries you can adopt today.
Are you interested in contributing to Django? Then there is an amazing mentorship program that helps Python and Django enthusiasts, because contributes and potentially core developers of Django. It's called Djangonauts and their slogan is "where contributors launch." On this episode, we have Sarah Boyce from the Django team and former Djangonaut and now Djangonaut mentor, Tushar Gupta. Not only is this excellent for the Django community, many of other open source communities would do well to keep an eye on how this creative project is working.
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Mohammad Arish

tnx it was a great conversation 👍🌺

Feb 28th
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Niels Bach-Sørensen

Best way to start the journey of diving deep in Python

Dec 14th
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Radio Java

I'm a springboot developer, I start learning Python :) and found your podcast

Oct 27th
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TInfinite

Interesting

Dec 25th
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Vlad Bezden

Great podcast! The best part was about deployment tools py2app and PyInstaller. That is exactly what I was looking for. After listening about it, I just used PyInstaller at the company and it worked like a charm. Thank you for doing it and keep up a good work!

Oct 4th
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Javad Hamidi

voice quality is terrible

Jul 29th
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Hamza Senhaji Rhazi

this episode is gold, the article submitted with it is gold too

Apr 27th
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Joshua Tasker

yo so I'm barely starting to get into this or I really want to learn how to code what do you recommend for me to start I have very little knowledge just being honest

Feb 10th
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Floyd

nix the intro music

Feb 1st
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Antonio Andrade

It was fun, thanks for having me over

Dec 28th
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Homa

awesome!

Feb 24th
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Magnus Lamont

Carlton's talk is on YouTube as "DjangoCon 2019 - Using Django as a Micro-Framework: Hacking on the HTTP handlers.. by Carlton Gibson" https://2019.djangocon.us/talks/using-django-as-a-micro-framework-on-the/ Couldn't find it in the show notes.

Feb 3rd
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Kit Macleod

notes

Dec 31st
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Pat Decker

Michael, At the end of each episode you could ask "Is it Gif or Jif?" Just for the fun of it.

Sep 9th
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Carl Littlejohns

great podcast - testing your tests all night (without even being there) - some good coding discipline there for us noobs

Jun 20th
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J Bit

great episode! I've been using Python on Windows for the past two years and I love it. I've never had any problems specific to Windows.

Dec 19th
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Hossein Fakhari

at the 53:12 what is the package name? pip install eo? eil?

Sep 16th
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Dan Stromberg

Pyodide is undeniably cool. There's also a micropython port to wasm that might make sense for basic webapps.

May 18th
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