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Shows, Events, & All That Jazz

Having been in Boston a couple of weeks now, I’m back on the Meetup scene.

I met up with PyLadies Boston Tuesday and Boston Python yesterday.

At PyLadies Boston, I got to met a cool software engineer with 20+ years of experience. It gives me hope I might still be in this field years from now.

At Boston Python, I heard this really neat talk from Karen Rudin, a product manager for Quantopian. She presented on her tale of writing a trading algorithm that focused on the presence of women CEOs.

Karen

Very cool.

PyLadies Boston and Boston Python are some of my all-time favorite Meetups. While NYC does have its Meetup gems, I really missed these two while I was gone. Definitely check ’em out if you’re in the area!

Yesterday, I went to Jeff Benzaon’s thesis defense. It was my first time spectating a defense live (I watched Sir Rice’s defense virtually), so I was super excited!

Jeff was presenting on Julia, a programming language.

Jeff Bezanson

It was a great presentation and I learned neat stuffs. I’m sure I could’ve gotten a lot more out of it I wasn’t such a complete novice at programming language theory.

Best quote:

I don’t think people will adopt some new syntax for a language they already know, but will fully embrace an entirely new language. ~ Jeff

Hope I get to sneak into more of these defenses. They’re super sweet. :D