A Fistful of Python

Wow, today was unusually satisfying.

There’s this geek that I work with (and I use geek in the most complimentary and revered way here) who has started this informal series of training sessions at our company called Brown Bag sessions. They’re two hours long over lunchtime, and basically he got the company to spring for the cost of pizza. The deal is that someone with time, talent and inclination volunteers to teach a brown bag session, and other people show up and learn stuff.

What a great idea, huh?

Well, a few months ago, I was gushing to him about how cool some feature of the Python language was and he said that I should do a brown bag session on it. I said sure, and finally today we did one. And it was a lot of fun. You have to understand that I tend to feel like I am the least technically competent person in the room most of the time. I don’t know where that comes from, because logically I know it’s not always true. There are a few areas where I’ve managed to amass some pretty arcane knowledge. But I just always feel like I’m not really a “technical” person and that someday everyone’s going to realize the charade and I’ll be exiled and forced to hand-dip chocolates for a living.

So it was very gratifying when I did a two-hour session on my favorite programming language and everyone seemed interested. There were even a couple of moments where some of the folks who’d come in said “Oh, cool!” when I showed them a quick trick for parsing through log files or generating random passwords. And at the end, three people asked me to come back and teach another class in the editor that I’d been using for the session.

Now if I could just figure out what my monkey dreams mean. . .

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  1. michelle Says:

    You say Python, I think Monty.