20 April 2016

A picture of Lacey Williams Henschel.

Our presenter, Lacey Williams Henschel

Our Topic was….

With​ ​two English degrees,​ ​Lacey Williams Henschel has​ ​identified some concrete ways​ ​having a Lit background makes for​ ​a better developer. This talk discusses how developers can take lessons from literature to write more readable code, make better tests, and create more usable websites.

​We’ll compare Two Scoops of Django to Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, that familiar Freshman Comp text, exploring how they are more alike than they are different. We’ll discuss the importance of readability, creating a “story arc” in your tests through good user stories, how variables names have characterization, and the importance of whitespace and good formatting to everyone. We’ll also compare PEP8, the Python style guide, to the MLA Handbook; there’s a reason both disciplines have a style guide!

Our Presenter, Lacey Williams Henschel

Lacey was the DjangoCon US 2015 Diversity and Financial Aid Chair, and has been developing in Django for three years at the University of Texas at Austin. She’s one of the organizers of Django Girls PDX, which is hosting its third programming workshop at PyCon this May. She also co-organized Django Girls ATX in Austin last year, and she’s a member of the Django Girls Support Team. You can also find her as a guest teacher on Treehouse.

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Our venue, FINE

Thanks to FINE for hosting us this month! FINE is located at 1140 SW 11th Ave, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97205.