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Matt Makai - Python web dev & Twilio Developer Evangelist.

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Focusing on Full Stack Python

In late December I sat down to write my annual personal software development year-in-review post, like I had in 2016 and previous years. However, my excitement for writing the 2017 post just was not there compared to 2016. I could not put my finger on why... read more

My 2017 Year Ahead in Software Development

My look back at what I accomplished professionally in 2016 is complete, so with this post I'm looking ahead at my software development goals for 2017 along with the programming ecosystems I will be coding in. The three areas I will be focused on in 2017 are... read more

My 2016 Software Development Year in Review

In the past several years I have taken time at the end of December to reflect on the coding projects, software talks and tutorials that I worked on throughout the year. It is useful to have an account of my software development highlights even though I do not expect this type of post to necessarily be riveting retrospectives for most... read more

R2-D2 or Skynet? Combining Slack Bots with the Twilio API

This is a rough transcript along with the slides from our SIGNAL 2016 talk from May 24, 2016.

You can also find the slides without notes on my tech talks page. The code for the bot is open sourced under the MIT... read more

My 2016 Year Ahead in Software Development

With my 2015 software development year in review done, I'm going to use this post to try something new: looking ahead at the big picture for what I want to accomplish in software throughout 2016. While I have a lot personally to look forward to in this year,... read more

My 2015 Software Development Year in Review

The end of the year is a good time to step back and take stock of everything accomplished throughout the past 365 days. This software development year in review post continues the retrospectives I performed in 2012, read more

PyCon WSGI Deployment Adventure Links

At PyCon 2015 in Montreal, Kate Heddleston and I presented Choose Your Own WSGI Deployment Adventure.

If you'd like to create your own Choose Your Own Adventure... read more

Resources for WebSockets with Python

Before you learn node.js to handle WebSockets or any type of full-duplex client-server communication, check out some Python options first. In this post I'll lay out some of the resources that I found most helpful for getting started coding Python web applications that use WebSockets.

It's not necessary to have seen either talk but... read more

My 2014 Software Development Year in Review

2014 was a solid year for improving my software development abilities. This year was different from past years because I moved completely out of software consulting and into coding open source projects.

This post will briefly cover my highlights from 2014 and go into the insights I gained from my work throughout the year. I'll cover... read more

My Typical Day As A Developer Evangelist

"What is a typical day like?" is one of the most common questions I receive about my gig as a Twilio Developer Evangelist. This blog post explains how I schedule my calendar when I'm in Washington,... read more

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