Keynote Interview: Jules Arrighi

Tell us about yourself
I'm Jules! I love building things and solving problems, especially when it takes me into new territory. One way I do this is building training programs as a training specialist at New Relic.

Tell us about your talk, "Adventure Forth, Bold Learner"
Learning is one of the great joys of being human. I'd like to encourage you to boldly embrace ambitious learning opportunities. Since this can be scary even for experienced learners, we'll also talk about how to protect yourself against the hazards of bold learning and the importance of bringing friends on your learning adventures.

What's your favorite bridge?
Hawthorne- It's delightfully terrifying to drive on, and it's lovely to see walkers, runners, and cyclists sharing space.

What do you like to do when not writing python code?
This will surprise you... learning or helping others learn.

What have you been working on lately?
Django apps, bots, and confidence

How’d you get started with Python/what’s your history with Python?
After taking a couple of CS classes in college, I knew I wanted programming to be part of my professional life in some capacity. The best resources I found online to keep learning on my own used Python. Then I found the Portland Python User Group and Pyladies, which helped me stick with it and eventually land a job in tech. I can't imagine not being part of those communities no matter what language I'm using the most at a given point in time.

What’s your favorite thing about Python?
Writing Python code is a lot of fun, but the best thing is Pythonistas.

Python 2.7 or Python 3?
Python 3, let's look forward

What is your favorite underground library?
It's not really underground, but I recently discovered cmd, which is part of the standard library. It's a quick way to build an interactive command line tool, so it's really helpful for learning projects.

What’s your favorite python?
We're talking snakes now, right? Even though I was into Herpetology long before Python programming, I never did settle on a favorite python species. I'm more of a lizard person.