Speaker details
Silicon Valley Code Camp 2015

Wesley Chun

CyberWeb & Google
Wesley Chun
+WESLEY CHUN, MSCS, is the author of Prentice Hall's bestselling "Core Python" book series & companion videos (corepython.com), co-author of "Python Web Development with Django" (withdjango.com), and has written for Linux Journal, CNET, and InformIT. In addition to being an engineer & Developer Advocate at Google, he runs CyberWeb (cyberwebconsulting.com), a consultancy specializing in Python training. Wesley has over 25 years of programming, teaching, and writing experience, including helping create Yahoo!Mail using Python almost 2 decades ago. He has taught numerous Python courses at Cisco, Disney, VMware, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, & Foothill College. Wesley holds degrees in CS, Math, and Music from the University of California, and loves traveling worldwide to meet developers, whether at a technical conference, user group meeting, or on a university campus. He is a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation and can be reached on Google+ or Twitter (@wescpy).
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Speaking Sessions

  • What is Python?

    11:15 AM Saturday   Room: AC-162
    Python is an agile object-oriented programming language that continues to build momentum. It can do everything Java, C/C++/C#, Ruby, PHP, and Perl can do, but it's also fun & intuitive! Enjoy coding as fast as you think with a simple yet robust syntax that encourages group collaboration. It is known for several popular web frameworks, including Django (Python's equivalent to Ruby on Rails), Pyramid, and web2py. There is also Google App Engine, where Python was the first supported runtime. Users supporting Zope, Plone, Trac, and Mailman will also benefit from knowing some Python. Besides the Web, Python can do text processing (JSON, CSV, XML), databases (SQL, NoSQL), GUIs, data science/Big Data, math/numeric/scientific processing, Internet client/server systems & networking, GIS/ESRI, QA/test tools, automation frameworks, control Microsoft Office applications, and system administration tasks!

    On the education front, it's a great tool to teach programming with (especially those who have done Scratch or Tynker already) as well as a solid (first) language to learn for non-programmers and other technical staff. Finally, if Python doesn't do what you want, you can extend it in C/C++, Java, or C# (even VB.NET)! Have you noticed the huge growth in the number of jobs on Monster & Dice that list Python as a desired skill? Come find out why Google, Yahoo!, Disney, Cisco, YouTube, LinkedIn, Yelp, LucasFilm/ILM, Pixar, NASA, Ubuntu, Bank of America, and Red Hat all use Python!

  • Exploring Google APIs with Python and JavaScript

    1:15 PM Sunday   Room: R7-141

    Want to integrate Google technologies into the web+mobile apps that you build? Google has various open source libraries & developer tools that help you do exactly that. Users who have run into roadblocks like authentication or found our APIs confusing/challenging, are welcome to come and make these non-issues moving forward.

    The first half of the talk covers the Google APIs Client Library, specifically with Python, although you could use any of the other languages supported. We'll then describe the steps necessary to create projects & enable Google APIs from the Google Developers Console. Next we discuss how to create & access the needed credentials, then write code that talks to several Google APIs.

    While you can do the same thing using JavaScript, there is another developer tool that gives you access to Google APIs but in a slightly different way. The second half of the talk covers Google Apps Script, a self-contained JavaScript environment in the Google cloud. You'll learn what Apps Script is and how it's more like using "services" than traditional APIs. We'll show its dev environment and create a Google Sheets spreadsheet w/code that talks to several Google APIs.

    The applications you build, whether they use the Client Library or Apps Script, can be reached by any client, browser, desktop/laptop or mobile. Come join us & learn how to leverage the power of Google technologies in the next apps you build!

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