Django Under the Hood 2016 Highlights
Videos from Django Under the Hood 2016 are up - check ’em out! As usual, the conference was amazing and the content was fantastic. I really enjoyed all the talks, and they’re all worth your time to talk. Three in particular stood out to me as exceptional highlights:
Ana’s talk on Testing in Django is the single best talk on effective testing of Django apps I’ve ever seen. I really like her technique of explaining Django’s testing APIs by looking at how they changed over time: it does a great job of explaining what problems particular APIs solve, and why you’d use them. Most testing talks don’t do a great job talking about use cases; Ana’s breaks the mold.
Ana’s talk also taught me about the concept of Mutation Testing and mutpy – concept and a tool that were new to me, and that I’m excited to try out.
Nadia’s talk about OSS funding covered a topic close to my heart, and this she gets right to the heart of the issue. (See also her white paper, Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure.)
It’s becoming clear that the only way we can really make open source sustainable and non-exploitative is to figure out ways of paying people for their work, but the tactics are complicated. Nadia’s work highlights a path forward, and inspired me with some concrete ideas to improve the situation in the Django community.