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New Year’s Python meme

Hmmn, better late than never, ‘eh?
  1. What’s the coolest Python application, framework or library you have discovered in 2009 ?
    pygame – I’ve used it for ages, but I rediscovered it this year for a new use.  Now-a-days I use it for processing images (creating batches of icons, creating texture atlases, etc)
  2. What new programming technique did you learn in 2009?
    I’ve used databases for _ages_ in web development.  This year a friend suggested I could use databases to store data for games and 1. avoid recompiling 2. avoid parsing 3. use a nice database frontend to manage it.  I’ve only experimented with it briefly, but it seems like a pretty keen technique 🙂
  3. What’s the name of the open source project you contributed the most in 2009? What did you do?
    I was a bit of an open-source waste-of-space this year.  But in the last two weeks of the year I began doing work on my tinypyC++ converter.  So far I’ve used it to put one game on the App Store.
  4. What was the Python blog or website you read the most in 2009?
    Planet Python.  Thanks everyone 🙂
  5. What are the three top things you want to learn in 2010 ?
    How to do game PR.  How to present at conferences.  How to not go crazy.

Over the course of 2009 I used python much less than in 2005-2008.  This year (with the help of tinypyC++) I hope to be using (something like) python again.  C++ just isn’t nearly as fun!  I don’t plan on attending PyCon this year, though I wish I could.  There’s just a limit to how many conferences I can attend.  If anyone is at GDC, catch up with me!  I’ll be speaking at the iPhone Summit about multi-player network testing.  I always gotta thank the python community for introducing me to the magic of testing.  It’s what makes network code and mad projects like tinypy possible.


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