The Real Python Podcast
Python Tips, Interviews, and More
A weekly Python podcast hosted by Christopher Bailey with interviews, coding tips, and conversation with guests from the Python community.
The show covers a wide range of topics including Python programming best practices, career tips, and related software development topics.
Join us every Friday morning to hear what’s new in the world of Python programming and become a more effective Pythonista.
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“Hello Christopher and Real Python Podcast team,
I’ve quickly become a regular listener of your podcast, and just wanted to drop you a quick email and say how glad I am that you’ve launched this podcast, and how much I appreciate your episodes.
Like you, I’m relatively new to Python. I’ve recently begun using it regularly at work, so the topics and the libraries you highlight have been extremely helpful to me.
A perfect example is your recent episode on Python packaging. This is something veterans are probably all familiar with, but there are a lot of confusing examples out there. I was able to listen to your episode, head over to the tutorial you were talking about, and create my first Python package, which I then shared with several other non-profits.
That’s just one of many examples. But I wanted you to know that your efforts are very helpful, and very much appreciated.
Thanks and keep up the great work!”
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Sep 24, 2021 55m
Where are you along the path of learning Python? Do you feel like you're making progress? What are ways you can put the learning path into a more precise focus? This week on the show, we talk with previous guest Martin Breuss about his recent article "How Long Does It Take to Learn Python?"
Sep 17, 2021 48m
Are you a visual learner? Does it help to have programming concepts shared with concrete examples and images? Would you like to see if your child might be interested in programming? This week on the show, we talk with author Shari Eskenas about her books, "A Day in Code - Python: Learn to Code in Python Through an Illustrated Story" and "Learn Python Through Nursery Rhymes & Fairy Tales."
Sep 10, 2021 1h 9m
Are you a beginner or intermediate Python programmer who has made it through some of the fundamentals? Have you tried to tackle a big project but got stuck and frustrated? Completing some small projects might be the answer. This week on the show, we have author Al Sweigart and talk about his new book, "The Big Book of Small Python Projects."
Sep 03, 2021 50m
How well do you know Python's math module? Maybe you've used a few of the constants or arithmetic functions. You may be surprised by the amount of functionality hiding within this built-in library, and perhaps you don't need to reach for an additional outside library. This week on the show, David Amos is back, and he's brought another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.
Aug 27, 2021 1h 24m
Can you make a version of Python that fits within the memory constraints of a microcontroller and have it still feel like Python? That is the intention behind CircuitPython. This week on the show, we have Scott Shawcroft, who is the project lead for CircuitPython.
Aug 20, 2021 58m
Have you started to use Python's assignment expression in your code? Maybe you have heard them called the walrus operator. Now that the controversy over the introduction in Python 3.8 has settled down, how can you use assignment expressions effectively in your code? This week on the show, David Amos is back, and he's brought another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.
Aug 13, 2021 1h
How do you define open source software? What are the challenges an open source project and maintainers face? How do maintainers receive financial, legal, security, or other types of help? This week on the show, we have Josh Simmons from Tidelift and the Open Source Initiative to help answer these questions.
Aug 06, 2021 45m
Have you heard of FastAPI? An application programming interface is vital to make your software accessible to users across the internet. FastAPI is an excellent option for quickly creating a web API that implements best practices. This week on the show, David Amos is back, and he's brought another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.
Jul 30, 2021 1h 5m
Are you still sprinkling print statements throughout your code while writing it? Print statements are often clunky and offer only a limited view of the state of your code. Have you thought there must be a better way? This week on the show, we have Nina Zakharenko to discuss her conference talk titled "Goodbye Print, Hello Debugger."
Jul 23, 2021 56m
How is Python being used today, and what can you do with the language? Do you want to develop software, dive into data science and math, automate parts of your job and digital life, or work with electronics? This week on the show, David Amos is back, and he's brought another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.
Jul 16, 2021 58m
Do you wonder what the future may hold for the Python language? Are there speed improvements coming soon? What if you could be in the room while the core developers discuss Python's future? This week on the show, we have Joanna Jablonski, who was invited to the Python Language Summit 2021 as a journalist to summarize and document the event.
Jul 09, 2021 55m
Are you ready to expand your Python knowledge into the intermediate to advanced territory? What tools are awaiting your discovery inside Python's functools module? This week on the show, David Amos is back, and he's brought another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.
Jul 02, 2021 1h 11m
How well do you know your software supply chain? When you PIP install a package, what steps can you take to minimize the risk of installing something malicious? This week on the show, we have Dustin Ingram, a director of the Python Software Foundation (PSF) and a maintainer of the Python Package Index (PyPI).
Jun 25, 2021 55m
Are you ready to practice your Python skills some more? There is a new set of practice problems prepared for you to tackle, and this time they're based on working with CSV files. This week on the show, David Amos is back, and he's brought another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.
Jun 18, 2021 1h
The popularity of Python is continuing to grow Developers across the globe are embracing the language. How is Python being used in all of these different countries? How does an organization like the Python Software Foundation (PSF) work toward the goals in its mission statement for supporting and growing this international community? This week on the show, we have Marlene Mhangami, a PSF board member and part of the Diversity and Inclusion Work Group.
Jun 11, 2021 1h 1m
Are you looking for an in-depth data science project to practice your skills on? Perhaps you would like to add new tools to your Python web development projects instead? This week on the show, David Amos is back, and he's brought another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.
Jun 04, 2021 1h 11m
What if you could create an application and deploy it to the web with just Python? Wouldn't it be nice to skip the additional full-stack development steps of learning three different languages in addition to Python? That's the idea behind Anvil. This week on the show, we have Meredydd Luff, co-founder of Anvil.
May 28, 2021 48m
How do you know you're using the correct data structure for your Python project? There are so many built into Python and even more that are importable from the collections module. This week on the show, David Amos is back, and he's brought another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects. We discuss a recent three-part video course on selecting the ideal data structure.
May 21, 2021 59m
Would you move your data science project from a laptop to the cloud? Would you also like to have snapshots of your project saved along the way so that you can go back in time or share the state of your project with another team member? This week on the show, we have Savin Goyal from Netflix. Savin is the technical lead for machine learning infrastructure at Netflix. He joins us to talk about Metaflow, an open-source tool to simplify building, managing, and scaling data science projects.
May 14, 2021 54m
Did you know the Python Software Foundation is hiring! With the recent support of three Visionary Sponsors, the PSF has been able to open positions for a developer-in-residence and a Python packaging project manager. Real Python now has a monthly Python news article. Frequent guest of the show, David Amos compiles and summarizes the biggest Python news from the past month.
May 07, 2021 53m
Are you interested in learning more about Django? Would you like to meet other professionals and learn how they are using Django? DjangoCon Europe 2021 is virtual this year, and you can join in from anywhere in the world. This week on the show, we have Miguel Magalhães and David Vaz, two of the organizers of the conference.
Apr 30, 2021 44m
This week's show is a bit different. We are taking a well-deserved short break, but we still wanted to share an episode with you. This rewind episode highlights clips from the many interviews over the past year or so of the show.
Apr 23, 2021 1h 15m
Are you interested in creating video games but feel limited in what you can accomplish within Python? Is there a platform where you can take advantage of your Python skills and provide the benefits of a dedicated game engine? This week on the show, we have Paweł Fertyk. Paweł is a Real Python author and has been creating games as Miskatonic Studio for several years now.
Apr 16, 2021 50m
Are you looking for a bit of order when working with dictionaries in Python? Are you aware that the Python dict has changed over the last several versions and now keeps items in order? Could you learn more about object-oriented programming in Python by comparing it to another language? This week on the show, David Amos is back, and he's brought another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.
Apr 09, 2021 58m
Do you think it's time to refactor your Python code? What should you think about before starting this task? This week on the show, we have Brendan Maginnis and Nick Thapen from Sourcery. Sourcery is an automated refactoring tool that integrates into your IDE and suggests improvements to your code.
Apr 02, 2021 46m
Do you know how a neural network functions? What goes into building one from scratch using Python? This week on the show, David Amos is back, and he's brought another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.
Mar 26, 2021 1h 10m
If you haven't visited the website lately, then you're missing out on the updates to realpython.com! The site features a completely refreshed layout with multiple sections to help you take advantage of even more great educational Python content. This week on the show, we have Dan Bader, the person behind Real Python, and all these architectural changes.
Mar 19, 2021 45m
Have you heard about NoSQL databases, or wondered how to use one with Python? How does MongoDB store information and what packages can you use to connect this type of database to your Python project? This week on the show, David Amos is back, and he's brought another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.
Mar 12, 2021 1h 3m
What goes into the decision of how to host your Python code or application in the cloud? Which technology stack is the right size for your project? This week on the show, we have Calvin Hendryx-Parker. Calvin talks about cloud hosting options, infrastructure choices, and deployment tools.
Mar 05, 2021 53m
Have you wanted to get your Python code to consume data from web-based APIs? Maybe you've dabbled with the requests package, but you don't know what steps to take next. This week on the show, David Amos is back, and he's brought another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.
Feb 26, 2021 51m
What's the difference between writing code for yourself and developing for others? What new considerations do you need to take into account as a professional Python developer? This week on the show, we talk to Dane Hillard about his book "Practices of the Python Pro".
Feb 19, 2021 1h 1m
Do you know the initial steps to get your Python script hosted on the web? You may have built something with Flask, but how would you stand it up so that you can share it with others? This week on the show, we have the previous guest Martin Breuss back on the show. Martin shares his recent article titled, "Python Web Applications: Deploy Your Script as a Flask App". David Amos also returns, and he's brought another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.
Feb 12, 2021 1h 32m
Do you feel like you understand how Python works under the hood? What is syntactic sugar, and how much of it should be in Python? This week on the show, we have Brett Cannon. Brett is a Python core developer and he's been working on a series of articles where he is unraveling the syntax of Python. His series is a fantastic resource for those wanting to learn how Python is structured and works at its core.
Feb 05, 2021 44m
Are you interested in building interactive dashboards with Python? How about a project that takes a flat data file all the way to a web-hosted interactive dashboard? This week on the show, David Amos is back, and he's brought another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.
Jan 29, 2021 47m
Are you interested in processing images in Python? Do you need to load and modify images for your Flask or Django website or CMS? Then you most likely will be working with Pillow, the friendly fork of PIL, the Python imaging library. This week on the show, we have Mike Driscoll, who is writing a new book about image processing in Python.
Jan 22, 2021 1h 4m
How do you create a virtual conference that retains the interactivity of an in-person event? What are the tools needed for talk submissions, ticketing, and live hosting? Can you find those tools written in Python? This week on the show, we have several of the organizers of the PyCascades 2021 conference. They share the process of restructuring a Python conference to meet those challenges.
Jan 15, 2021 1h 2m
What is it like to design a Python library for three different audiences? This week on the show, we have Nir Aides, creator of Jupylet. His new library is designed for deep reinforcement learning researchers, musicians interested in live music coding, and kids interested in learning to program. Everything is designed to run inside of a Jupyter notebook.
Jan 08, 2021 55m
Are you familiar with the role data engineers play in the modern landscape of data science and Python? Data engineering is a sub-discipline that focuses on the transportation, transformation, and storage of data. This week on the show, David Amos is back, and he's brought another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.
Dec 25, 2020 47m
It's been quite the year! The Real Python team has written, edited, curated, illustrated, and produced a mountain of Python articles this year. We also upgraded the site and membership with office hours, transcripts, this podcast, and much more. We are joined by two members of the Real Python team, David Amos and Joanna Jablonski. We wanted to share a year-end wrap-up with a collection of articles that showcase a diversity of Python topics and the quality of what our team created this year.
Dec 18, 2020 57m
Have you wondered how Python manages memory? How are your variables stored in memory, and when do they get deleted? This week on the show, David Amos is here, and he has brought another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects. Along with the Real Python article on Python memory management, we also talk about another article about creating even and non-even spaced arrays in Python with np.linspace.
Dec 11, 2020 1h 5m
Have you started to use generators in Python? Are you unsure why you would even use one over a regular function? How do you use the special "send" method and the "yield from" syntax? This week on the show, we have Reuven Lerner to talk about his PyCon Africa 2020 talk titled "Generators, coroutines, and nanoservices."
Dec 04, 2020 43m
If you're coming to Python from a different language, you may not know about a useful tool for working with loops, Python's built-in enumerate function. This week on the show, David Amos is here, and he has brought another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects. Along with the Real Python article covering the details of the enumerate function, we also talk about another article about constructing Python graphical user interface elements in PyQt.
Nov 27, 2020 49m
One of the best ways to learn something well is to teach it. This week on the show, we have Kelly Schuster-Paredes and Sean Tibor from the Teaching Python podcast. Sean and Kelly teach middle school students Python and share their art and science of teaching Python on their podcast. They wanted to come on the show to talk about the Real Python articles, quizzes, and other resources they use when teaching their students.
Nov 20, 2020 57m
Are you interested in learning more about Natural Language Processing? Have you heard of sentiment analysis? This week on the show, Kyle Stratis returns to talk about his new article titled, Use Sentiment Analysis With Python to Classify Movie Reviews. David Amos is also here, and all of us cover another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects.
Nov 13, 2020 51m
So you built a web application in Python. Now how are you going to authorize users? Security goes beyond authentication. Who gets to do what, where, and when? This week on the show, we have Sam Scott, chief technology officer from Oso. Oso is an open-source policy engine for authorization that you embed in your application.
Nov 06, 2020 52m
Are you ready to move beyond flat files for your data in Python? Maybe you're not sure where to start with databases and SQL. This week on the show, David Amos returns with another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects. We cover a Real Python article about managing data with SQLite and SQLAlchemy.
Oct 30, 2020 1h 27m
You probably have heard of the bestselling Python book, "Automate the Boring Stuff with Python." What are the next steps after starting to dabble in the Python basics? Maybe you've completed some tutorials, created a few scripts, and automated repetitive tasks in your life. This week on the show, we have author Al Sweigart to talk about his new book, "Beyond the Basic Stuff with Python: Best Practices for Writing Clean Code."
Oct 23, 2020 50m
Do you have gaps in your Python learning path? If you're like me, you may have followed a completely random route to learn Python. This week on the show, David Amos is here to talk about the release of the Real Python book, "Python Basics: A Practical Introduction to Python 3". The book is designed not only to get beginners up to speed but also to help fill in the gaps many intermediate learners may still have.
Oct 16, 2020 46m
The Python return statement is such a fundamental part of writing functions. Is it possible you missed some best practices when writing your own return statements? This week on the show, David Amos returns with another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects. We also talk functional programming again with an article on the Python map function and processing iterables without a loop.
Oct 09, 2020 1h 14m
Python 3.9 has arrived! This week on the show, former guest and Real Python author Geir Arne Hjelle returns to talk about his recent article, "Python 3.9: Cool New Features for You to Try". Also joining the conversation is Real Python video course instructor and author Christopher Trudeau. Christopher has created a video course, which was released this week also, based on Geir Arne's article. We talk about time zones, merging dictionaries, the new parser, type hints, and more.
Oct 02, 2020 1h 9m
If you use Python, then you probably have used pip to install additional packages from the Python package index. Part of the magic behind pip is the dependency resolver, and there is a new version of it in the latest version of pip. This week on the show, we have Sumana Harihareswara and Georgia Bullen, who have been working on the recent releases of pip. Sumana is the project manager for pip, and Georgia has been working on pip's user experience (UX).
Sep 25, 2020 50m
A big decision a developer has to make is what tool to use to write code? Would you like an editor that understands Python, and is there to help with suggestions, definitions, and analysis of your code? For many developers, its the free tool, Visual Studio Code. This week on the show, we have Savannah Ostrowski, program manager for the Python Language Server and Python in Visual Studio. We discuss Pylance, a new language server with fast, feature-rich language support for Python in VS Code.
Sep 18, 2020 47m
What is an effective way to prepare for a Python interview? Would you like a set of problems that increase in difficulty to practice and hone your Python skills? This week on the show, we have Jim Anderson to talk about his new Real Python article, "Python Practice Problems: Get Ready for Your Next Interview." This article provides several problems, which include skeleton code, unit tests, and solutions for you to compare your work.
Sep 11, 2020 1h 27m
Why is Python pulling in so many new programmers? Maybe some of that growth is from Python being a full-spectrum language. This week on the show we have Michael Kennedy, the host of the podcast "Talk Python to Me". Michael reflects on five years of podcasting about Python, and many of the changes he has seen in the Python landscape.
Sep 04, 2020 1h
Wouldn't it be nice to a use a form of version control for data? Something that would allow you to track and version your datasets and models. Well, that's what the tool called DVC is designed to do. This week on the show, David Amos is here and he's brought another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects.
Aug 28, 2020 1h 14m
Have you wondered, how should I package my Python code? You've written the application, but now you need to distribute it to the machines it's intended to run on. It depends on what the code is, the libraries it depends on, and with whom do you want to share it. This week on the show we have Itamar Turner-Trauring, creator of the website pythonspeed.com. We discuss his article "Options for Packaging Your Python Code: Wheels, Conda, Docker, and More," covering the how of sharing your code.
Aug 21, 2020 1h 4m
Have you wondered what are Python wheels? How are they used to package Python code? Does Python use pass by value or pass by reference? This week on the show, David Amos is here to help answer these questions, and he has brought another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects.
Aug 14, 2020 1h 23m
Do you want to distribute your Python applications to other users who don't have or even use Python? Maybe you're interested in seeing your Python application run on iOS or Android mobile devices. This week on the show we have Russell Keith-Magee, the founder and maintainer of the BeeWare project. Russell talks about Briefcase, a tool that converts a Python application into native installers on macOS, Windows, Linux, and mobile devices.
Aug 07, 2020 1h 1m
Do you want to learn the how and when of implementing K-means clustering in Python? Would you like to practice your pandas skills with a real-world project? This week on the show, David Amos is back with another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects.
Jul 31, 2020 53m
Have you wanted to generate advanced reports as PDFs using Python? Maybe you want to build documents with tables, images, or fillable forms. This week on the show we have Mike Driscoll to talk about his book "ReportLab - PDF Processing with Python."
Jul 24, 2020 51m
Would you like to clearly understand what's happening when you use the Python import keyword? Do you want to use modules more effectively to structure your code? Or maybe you're ready to move to the next level with your Django project by adding user management. This week on the show, David Amos is back with another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.
Jul 17, 2020 1h 17m
This week on the show we have Armin Ronacher to talk about the first 10 years of Flask. Armin talks about the origins of Flask and the components that make up the framework. He talks about what goes into documenting a framework or API. He also talks about the community working on the ongoing development of Flask.
Jul 10, 2020 49m
Are you familiar with linear programming, and how it can be used to solve resource optimization problems? Would you like to free your Python code from a clunky command line and start making convenient graphical interfaces for your users? This week on the show, David Amos is back with another batch of PyCoder's Weekly articles and projects.
Jul 03, 2020 1h 2m
Are you using the Python library Pandas the right way? Do you wonder about getting better performance, or how to optimize your data for analysis? What does normalization mean? This week on the show we have Hannah Stepanek to discuss her new book "Thinking in Pandas".
Jun 26, 2020 44m
Have you wanted to learn Regular Expressions in Python, but don't know where to start? Have you stumbled into the dreaded pink SettingWithCopyWarning in Pandas? This week on the show, we have David Amos from the Real Python team to discuss a recent two-part series on Regex in Python. We also talk about another recent article on the site about views vs copies in Pandas. David also brings a few other articles and projects from the wider Python community for us to discuss.
Jun 19, 2020 54m
Would you like to run your Python code in the cloud without having to become an infrastructure engineer? Do you want to have Python functions that run when triggered by specific events? This week on the show we have Anthony Chu to discuss serverless computing and running python functions in the cloud. Anthony Chu is program manager for Microsoft's Azure Functions.
Jun 12, 2020 45m
Have you wanted to work with PDF files in Python? Maybe you want to extract text, merge and concatenate files, or even create PDFs from scratch. Are you interested in building hardware projects using a Raspberry Pi? This week on the show we have David Amos from the Real Python team to discuss his recent article on working with PDFs. David also brings a few other articles from the wider Python community for us to discuss.
Jun 05, 2020 50m
Do you want to get started with web scraping using Python? Are you concerned about the potential legal implications? What are the tools required and what are some of the best practices? This week on the show we have Kimberly Fessel to discuss her excellent tutorial created for PyCon 2020 online titled "It's Officially Legal so Let's Scrape the Web."
May 29, 2020 58m
Have you wanted to get started with testing in Python? Maybe you feel a little nervous about diving in deeper than just confirming your code runs. What are the tools needed and what would be the next steps to level up your Python testing? This week on the show we have Anthony Shaw to discuss his article on this subject. Anthony is a member of the Real Python team and has written several articles for the site.
May 22, 2020 1h 19m
Do you know someone in the Python community who recently was let go from their job due to the pandemic? What does the job landscape currently look like? What are skills and techniques that will help you in your job search? This week we have Kyle Stratis on the show to discuss how he is managing his job search after just being let go from his data engineering job. Kyle is a member of the Real Python team and has written several articles for the site.
May 15, 2020 1h 16m
In your quest to become a better developer, how do you find Python code that is at your reading level? What are good code bases or projects to study? What are the things holding you back from leveling up your Python literacy? This week we have Cecil Phillip on the show to discuss all of these common questions. Cecil is a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft.
May 08, 2020 55m
Docker is a common tool for Python developers creating and deploying applications, but what do you need to know if you want to use Docker for data science and machine learning? What are the best practices if you want to start using containers for your scientific projects? This week we have Tania Allard on the show. She is a Sr. Developer Advocate at Microsoft focusing on Machine Learning, scientific computing, research and open source.
May 01, 2020 1h 27m
Want to learn more about AsyncIO in Python, with an example where you can see and hear events being triggered in real-time? This week we have Łukasz Langa on the show. Łukasz has created a talk for PyCon 2020 online about using AsyncIO with Music.
Apr 24, 2020 54m
Are you interested in building REST APIs with Flask and SQLAlchemy? This week we have Doug Farrell on the show. We talk about his four-part Real Python article series on Python REST APIs.
Apr 17, 2020 1h 3m
Have you ever wanted to explore using Python with electronics? CircuitPython is a great platform to get started with. This week we have Thea Flowers on the show. Thea has been creating several hardware projects based around CircuitPython, and she talks about getting started on the platform.
Apr 10, 2020 1h 10m
Do you get upset and frustrated when you experience errors running your Python code? This week we have Martin Breuss on the show. We discuss how to learn Python *through* errors, and how errors really are your friends.
Apr 03, 2020 42m
Have you been using Python for a while, but want to be more effective with your code? This week we have Brett Slatkin on the show. We talk about the 2nd edition of his book Effective Python.
Mar 27, 2020 55m
Is game programming a good way to develop your Python programming skills? This week we have Jon Fincher on the show. Jon is an author on the Real Python team, and we talk about his recent articles on PyGame and Arcade.
Mar 20, 2020 50m
Do you want to learn more about Python decorators? Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to create a Real Python article? In this first episode, We have Geir Arne Hjelle from the Real Python team on the show.