Yeah, we'll see. And since you are living in Pittsburgh and engaged with the community there, and that's where pi con is going to be for the upcoming two events. What are some of the things that people who are attending the conference should know about the area?
Yeah, it's just a really just powerful trend generally, one of the meetups I did here last year, there was a woman who presented on, she works on the artificial pancreas project. And so this is an open source project to make a closed loop, pancreas system, so she has juvenile juvenile diabetes, and the automatic insulin pumps that were on the market are just very primitive, like very, very lagging and stuff like that. So people hack the hack the firmware and wrote, you know, monitors that are much more responsive. And I'm like this, like, this is the promise of free software. This is what open software is about is people like building. Chris. You know, it's just amazing to me, and I think the challenge is the community is just how do we welcome these people in is just More and more people get involved in like people who don't think of themselves primarily as coders, you know, there's a pretty large community here in Pittsburgh of people who do computational art. And they are, they're artists first, and programmers Second, if that's a meaningful thing to say, but you know, programming is their paintbrush. And as more and more people get involved This is how do we continue to spread our culture? And I mean that both in a technical and social sense, you know, basically have people don't you know, people coming in don't know, you know, version control, or testing or kind of all these kind of basic practices that we've developed, and how do we spread that but then also just, you know, how do we set our community values, accessibility, you know, free software.
Yeah, it's an interesting, it's an interesting question. I run the Python meetup here in Pittsburgh. And about six months ago, we did an event called Pete picks a Python package. And so just trying to teach people that when I go out, and I'm trying to find a third party library to use, what am I looking at? And this is a question, you know, the ecosystem is so large and so complex, and this was one of these issues is, you know, you know, I go I look at the GitHub activity, and is it done? Is it just is it dead are people not using it? And so, you know, being distinguishing between, you know, projects that have open bug reports or open pull requests that are just aging and not getting respond to that project might be dead. But something that just doesn't have bug reports and started Yeah, it might still be still be active, you know, other things I look at our, our their documentation or their tests, I like to look at some code and then just get a sense of kind of the feel of like what people are doing. I tend to do this when I'm doing interviews, either, you know, when I've been hiring for a company, or just I do this sometimes, for clients, as I do technical interviewing is like, I like to see some real code. And my favorite thing to actually look at is utils. py, is that you learn a lot about a project or a person's coding style about what they what they think utility functions are. But yeah, I think that's I think it's a far more effective way of evaluating a technical peer or a project or than whiteboarding or kinda any other silly thing. And it's like what we do all day is write code. And so like, let's, let's see. So