Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Again, WWCode, & the RMOTR Python course

The WWCode email newsletter regularly lists opportunities for women for applying for scholarships, for grants to go to conferences, speaking opportunities, etc. In late 2017 I applied for a scholarship for the RMOTR Intro to Python course. Guess what? I got it! So, all of November and December were dedicated to reviewing my Python skills and putting projects on github. I am happy to report that the course was excellent, and just challenging enough, and that the *best* thing about it was the great explanations for why and how Python works by the lecturer, Santiago_Basulto. Snaps!


Monday, October 30, 2017

experienceITnm 2017 : Albquerque NM, September 29


Glad I went to the day-long experienceITnm event in Albuquerque in late September for these reasons:

  • Tracy Ragan, CEO, and Steve Taylor from OpenMake software gave a talk on agile development for DevOps. They were, notably, promoting their FOSS project and here is the git repo. 

But, dang, I missed the cloud computing talk by Craig Bruce from OpenEye Scientific, also a Santa Fe based software company. Craig is active in the (small) tech community here in Santa Fe, so I will see him at the meetups.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

All Things Open 2017 : Raleigh NC, October 23-24


First, what is FOSS?

Free and open-source software (FOSS) is software that can be classified as both free software and open-source softwareThat is, anyone is freely licensed to use, copy, study, and change the software in any way, and the source code is openly shared so that people are encouraged to voluntarily improve the design of the software.
Wikipedia contributors. "Free and open-source software." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 29 Oct. 2017. Web. 31 Oct. 2017.

 Hey, thanks WWCode! (They're FOSS fans, too.)


:+1: =  


And, now a report from the All Things Open 2017 conference in Raleigh, where I met some excellent free software types and learned about some of the Things, but not all of them: 

Red Hat sponsored the conference and took suggestions for Open Source Stories.






Must be nice to have a local chapter of WOMEN WHO CODE. Here's Raleigh/Durham's.



Thanks, also, to the Software Freedom Conservancy for their good work with Outreachy, which organizes paid internships in free and open-source software projects for people who are typically underrepresented in those projects.



I followed my own ATO 2017 conference track. 

And now you can follow my track too! Here are the tutorials and links:
  • Amy Chen : went From 0 to kubernetes and used the words "baby computers" a lot. Umm, snaps!
  • Don't Just Consume, Contribute!: Oh, no! I can't find the (Red Hat) speaker's name. But here are some of his links that encourage contributions to FOSS projects:
The most memorable keynote talk was definitely the great Google's Kelsey Hightower's live cloud deployment using voice recognition software. He had tweetable moments in: 


And...

Finally, a favorite new friend is Molly de Blanc, who gave a diversity talk. It is just one example of some of the Things I missed this year that I wish I hadn't. There is always next year.







Again, WWCode, & the RMOTR Python course

The WWCode email newsletter regularly lists opportunities for women for applying for scholarships, for grants to go to conferences, speakin...