Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

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Advice

29 Jan 2020, 11:12 a.m.

MOSS Video, BSSw Honorable Mention, and The Maintainership Book I Am Writing

Video Mozilla interviewed me about the Python Package Index (PyPI), a USD$170,000 Mozilla Open Source Support award I helped the Python Software Foundation get in 2017, and how we used that money to revamp PyPI …

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04 Dec 2019, 15:46 p.m.

Some More Grants for Open Source Work

This is a followup to my 2014 post on grants you could apply for. Several foundations and funders are seeking applicants who are working on free and open source software projects. I am listing a …

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22 Sep 2019, 14:03 p.m.

Futureproofing Your Python Tools

The people who maintain Python and key Python platforms want to help you protect the code you write and depend on. If you write software in Python, or depend on something that's in Python, this …

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12 Jun 2019, 10:43 a.m.

Hey, You Left Something Out

Of course not all the responses I get to my work are positive. Sometimes I get criticism. And a subset of that criticism says more about the person giving it than about the quality of …

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17 Apr 2019, 9:13 a.m.

Recurse Center, What Really Works And How We Know

I participated in Recurse Center (formerly Hacker School) in 2013 and in 2014, and emerged a better programmer, a calmer and kinder person, and a more confident learner. Gender diversity was part of the quality …

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27 Feb 2019, 8:01 a.m.

GSoC/Outreachy Mentoring Orgs: Consider Giving Applicants English Tutoring

Google Summer of Code just announced the 207 mentoring organizations (open source projects seeking participants) for this year's round, and Outreachy's 9 mentoring orgs also announced open internship projects. This blog post is directed at …

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07 Feb 2019, 8:17 a.m.

Socratic Questioning, Devil's Advocacy, and Conversational Power Tools

"Devil's advocate" was a job. In order for someone to perform the role of Devil's advocate, someone else had to appoint them to that position. And the Devil's advocate performed a bounded task within an …

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03 Oct 2018, 15:13 p.m.

A Reasonably Fast Way To Construct A Writing Portfolio

Someone in my network wanted guidance in building a professional (often software-related) writing portfolio for the first time -- they want to give other people a portfolio of work they've already done, so that those …

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12 Apr 2018, 10:29 a.m.

On Online Advice

I'll be speaking on a panel, "Social Media in Theory and Praxis: What is at Stake Now?" at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, in New York, NY, on Wednesday, April 18, …

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06 Feb 2018, 8:48 a.m.

The Ambition Taboo As Dark Matter

PyCon just rejected my talk submission,* so I'll try to finish and post this draft that I've been tapping at for ages. My current half-baked theory is that programmers who want any public recognition from …

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