PyCon Rehearsals 1

Join us for three PyCon presentation rehearsals, sponsored by Facebook.

Getting started testing — Ned Batchelder (45 min)

If you've never written tests before, you probably know you *should*, but view the whole process as a bureaucratic paperwork nightmare to check off on your ready-to-ship checklist. This is the wrong way to approach testing. Tests are a solution to a problem that is important to you: does my code work? I'll show how Python tests are written, and why.


Enough Machine Learning to Make Hacker News Readable Again — Ned Jackson Lovely

(30 min)


It's inevitable that online communities will change, and that we'll remember the community with a fondness that likely doesn't accurately reflect the former reality. We'll explore how we can take a set of articles from an online community and winnow out the stuff we feel is unworthy. We'll explore some of the machine learning tools that are just a "pip install" away, such as scikit-learn and nltk.


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  • Richard L.

    Two very good presentations. Excellent description (and exhortation) for automated testing, and clever (if too brief) description of an application for machine learning. Gold stars for the Nerds -- I mean, Neds.

    March 25, 2014

  • David L.

    Both speakers gave very interesting and educational talks. Ned B step by step presentation of regression testing tools was logical and clear. Ned L gave practical lessons in use of a cool looking machine learning library.

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • Hardik A.

    It was too good, what a talk!!

    March 24, 2014

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