PDX Python and Pyladies PDX Present Monthly Presentation Night

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New Relic

111 SW 5th Ave. #2700 · Portland, OR

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Come join us for Pythonic talks!

This month, we're proud to present talks covering both advanced and beginner-friendly topics.

Thanks to our speakers Emily Cain and Allan Feldman!

Emily Cain
Purrsistent Debugging

One of the most important skills for a software developer is debugging. How do we approach debugging? What tools do we learn? What skills are involved, and what habits do we pick up as we learn them? How do we teach and communicate about these skills?

In this talk, programmer, writer, and technology educator Emily Cain will explore these issues. Beginners will learn about key tools like PDB and the browser's debugger, as well as learning to inspect code and function outputs to look for patterns. Meanwhile, more advanced coders will learn techniques for understanding and discussing these skills, and gain a better perspective on how to help their more junior colleagues advance beyond the "Googling StackOverflow" stage of debugging. And everyone will get to look at adorable pictures of a particularly dedicated cat as she "debugs" her way into an infinite supply of snacks.

Allan Feldman
Reference cycles: what are they, how to detect them, and how to fix them

Let's talk about garbage! Ever had a long-running Python process whose memory usage seemed to grow over time? In this talk, Allan Feldman, Senior Software Engineer at New Relic, dives into Python internals to show how reference cycles can happen, how to find them in your code, and how to fix a cycle once found. You'll never look at garbage the same way again!

We'll also open things up for some 3-5 minute Lightning Talks afterward. Are you working on something cool or did you discover a new tool or package? Get up and talk about it!

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Join us after the meetup at Bailey's taproom at 213 SW Broadway to continue the discussion over a beverage.

Thanks to our pizza (and venue!) sponsor this month, New Relic. Be sure to check out:
DevOps, Disruption & Lessons Learned: A Conversation w/New Relic & GeekWire on Mar 12th:

Tom Krazit of GeekWire will sit down with New Relic’s chief product officer, Jim Gochee, for a fireside chat to discuss the lessons that Jim and his team have learned at New Relic, including how the company’s product team made a bold bet and disrupted itself 10 years in.

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