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December 2023 Meetup

Mason Egger presents on Context Managers and Pandy Knight presents on pytest.

Talk: The Enters and Exits of Context Managers - Mason Egger

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Have you ever opened a file using the with keyword in Python? That little keyword is one of the many fascinating parts of the Python programming language, the Context Manager. The Python Context Manager is a tool that allows the programmer to reliably create and tear down temporary contexts within a program. This allows programmers to reduce duplicate code, improving the maintainability and reliability of the code. This talk will cover all things Context Manager, from what they are, how to build them, when to use them, and more.

Mason is currently Sr. Technical Curriculum Developer at Temporal Technologies who specializes building community, developer-focused educational content, distributed systems, and Python. Prior to his work at Temporal he launched Developer Relations at as the Lead Developer Advocate, and was a Developer Advocate at DigitalOcean specializing in Infrastructure-as-a-Service technologies. His engineering experience includes time as an SRE helping build and maintain a highly available hybrid multi-cloud PaaS. He's an avid programmer, speaker, educator, and writer/blogger. He is an organizer of PyTexas, President of the PyTexas Foundation, and actively contributes to open source projects. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, camping, kayaking, and exploring new places.

Talk: def test_crash_course_with_pytest(): - Andy (Pandy) Knight

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What, you mean to tell me that you don't test your code?! Let's fix that right quick! In this session, let's learn how to start testing our code with pytest, Python's most popular test framework. We'll cover how to add pytest to a project, leverage mechanics like parameters and fixtures, and write tests at different levels. Bring your laptops, too, because this whole session will be live-coded!

Andrew Knight, also known as “Pandy,” is the Automation Panda. He’s a software quality champion who loves to help people build better quality software. Currently, he works as the Principal Software Architect at Cycle Labs, focusing on test automation excellence for supply chains and warehouse management. An avid supporter of open source software, Pandy is a Playwright Ambassador as well as the lead developer for Boa Constrictor, the .NET Screenplay Pattern. On the side, he is writing a book on software testing with Manning Publications. Apart from software, Pandy works on vintage Volkswagens. Check out his tech blog at, and follow him on Twitter at @AutomationPanda.