Hi, I'm Daniel Greenfeld, and welcome to my blog. I write about Python, Django, and much more.

Beginner's Guide to PyCon 2014

Saturday, April 05, 2014 (permalink)

New to Python and/or conferences and attending the upcoming PyCon 2014 in Montreal, Canada? Or is this your first conference? Or perhaps your first conference longer than a weekend?

Hoping to get the most out of joining thousands of Python enthusiasts?

No worries! This guide will aid you in ...

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Surgery in Two Days

Wednesday, April 02, 2014 (permalink)

In two days, Friday, April 4th, I'm going into laparoscopic surgery in order to correct a double inguinal hernia. If you want to know what that is, you can read the Not Safe For Work (NSFW) Wikipedia article.

I said it.

I have a hernia.

That was hard.

It ...

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Memories of Malcolm

Monday, March 17, 2014 (permalink)

A year ago today Malcolm Tredinnick, core contributor to Django suddenly passed away. He was a mentor, and more importantly, a good friend.

Here are some of my memories of Malcolm.

DjangoCon US: September 2010

This is where Audrey and I first met Malcolm. We ended up spending a good ...

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Travel Tips for Geeks: Preventing Theft

Thursday, July 18, 2013 (permalink)

This is the first in a set of blog posts based on my experiences traveling in various places around the world. This particular safety-related post is about theft, not scams, which I may cover in another article.

For this first article, I'm hoping this gets on various technical RSS ...

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Beginner's Guide to PyCon 2013 Part III

Sunday, March 10, 2013 (permalink)

This is Part III in a series of blog posts about PyCon US 2013. The goal is to provide a handy reference guide for first time attendees of the world's largest Python conference. Part I was mostly about tutorials, Part II was mostly about the first day of talks ...

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PyCon Tutorial: Wiring Up Django Packages

Friday, March 08, 2013 (permalink)

You just finished the Django tutorial. What now?

You learn how to Wire Up Django Packages!

This is a 3+ hour PyCon tutorial on March 14th at 1:20pm, in Santa Clara California at PyCon US.

In alphabetical order, the instructors:

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Two Scoops of Django 1.5 Beta Released

Thursday, February 28, 2013 (permalink)

After thirty four days of hard work, Audrey Roy and I are proud to announce that we've released the beta of Two Scoops of Django: Best Practices for Django 1.5. It's been a monumental effort, a labor of love, and we hope you find our efforts worthy ...

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Beginner's Guide to PyCon 2013 Part II

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 (permalink)

This is Part II in a series of blog posts about PyCon US 2013. The goal is to provide a handy reference guide for first time attendees of the world's largest Python conference. Part I was mostly about tutorials, this post will be about registration and the first day ...

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Beginner's Guide to PyCon 2013 Part I

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 (permalink)

New to Python and thinking about going to the upcoming PyCon US for the first time? You know, that big Python conference taking place near San Francisco in March?

Or perhaps you signed up already and are getting worried about being overwhelmed by hundreds of tutorials, talks, and activities?

No ...

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Two Scoops of Django FAQ

Monday, January 21, 2013 (permalink)

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The launch of the Two Scoops of Django: Best Practices for Django 1.5 book has gone pretty well. The response has been almost entirely positive and sales have been pretty brisk. We've gotten a ton of great, constructive editorial feedback, which we're sorting through as we race ...

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We need more PyCon US 2013 submissions!

Thursday, September 27, 2012 (permalink)

The PyCon US 2013 call for papers (CFP) ends tomorrow, September 28th, 2012. We need more talk and tutorial submissions. Talks are 30 or 45 minute efforts in front of the PyCon audience and are recorded for posterity. Tutorials are three hours long and are given to attendees who have ...

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PyCon 2013 Talks/Tutorials I want to see

Monday, August 20, 2012 (permalink)

This morning, Jesse Noller, the chair of PyCon US, suggested a meme, "PyCon 2013 talks/tutorials I'd like to see". Here is my meme submission:

1. Python Obfuscation Contest

This certain-to-be-controversial talk idea would be where the speaker would solicit Pythonistas to submit a single arcane Python code module ...

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A Public Service Message to the Python Community

Monday, August 20, 2012 (permalink)

Hi, I'm Daniel Greenfeld. You might know me from my blog. I'm here to talk to you about a very import subject: Submitting your talk early to PyCon US.

Last year there were hundreds of talks were submitted for just a very few speaking slots. Unpaid volunteers labored ...

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PyCon Philippines 2012 Day 2

Thursday, July 05, 2012 (permalink)

The second day of PyCon Philippines 2012 had a really good turnout. My unofficial estimate is that we had about 90% of the attendees from the first day attend (with the unfortunate exception of most of the faculty and students of Agoo Computer College).

The day started with...

Lightning Talks ...

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PyCon Philippines 2012 Day 1

Tuesday, July 03, 2012 (permalink)

PyCon Philippines 2012 (PyCon PH) happened just this past weekend at the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP Diliman) campus in Quezon City, which is part of Metro Manila.

I can assure you that PyCon PH was an wonderful, amazing, humbling experience. I'm hoping that this post and others ...

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Announcing PyCon Philippines!

Saturday, June 09, 2012 (permalink)

PyCon Philippines 2012, set to occur on June 30 and July 1, is the first Python programming conference held in the Philippines. PyCon is a volunteer run effort that brings together Python developers from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels into a friendly, cooperative environment in order to educate ...

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Launching our API at PyCon 2012

Friday, March 09, 2012 (permalink)

A few months ago me and my fiancee, Audrey Roy, launched our start up, Consumer Notebook. It's a Python powered product comparison site that combines the best features of Open Comparison, Yelp, Consumer Reports, and Pinterest. We've worked day and night to make it better, with countless members ...

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PyCon Australia 2011 Review

Friday, February 24, 2012 (permalink)

In June of 2011 I had the good fortune of having my then girlfriend, Audrey Roy, now fiancee, invited to present a keynote speech at PyCon Australia 2011.

I was terribly excited for her to get that invitation, and that excitement was compounded when they allowed me to present on ...

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My PyCon 2012 Schedule

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 (permalink)

Here I was thinking that this year's PyCon wasn't going to be so busy because I didn't submit a talk or tutorial. Ha! What the heck was I thinking?

Here's what I've already got in the works.

Wednesday, March 7th

Me and Audrey are driving ...

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Selected for PyCon StartUp Row

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 (permalink)

Me and Audrey have been working hard on Consumer Notebook, a Python/Django based project. We submitted it to PyCon StartUp row and found out this morning we've been accepted. Hooray!

From the PyCon StartUp Row winner's post, here is a little bit of what we're about ...

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Two years ago today

Friday, February 17, 2012 (permalink)

The PyCon tutorial on Django in Depth was ending. I had been sitting next to my friend Barbara and we got up to go when I heard a feminine voice ask: "Are you bshaurette?" I turned and it was like I got punched in the gut.

It was the first ...

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