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Travis Fischer
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Travis Fischer, one of the speakers, here. I just wanted to take the opportunity to address the questions that were asked at the end of the talk since I didn't give very useful answers during the talk. With adrenaline pumping I was having a hard time coming up with how to explain these tricky topics concisely.

Q1: Unicode in Python 3? This is a pretty large topic that is pretty involved. The handling of Unicode in Python 3 is debated within the Python community. If you want to read about Unicode handling in Python 3, read the Python.org docs on Unicode. If you want to get a grasp on the differences between Python 2 and 3, watch Ned Batchelder's Unipain talk.

Q2: Byte Order Mark? This is actually much tricker than I made it sound. The BOM is just a byte flag at the beginning of a file containing text that tells you something about the encoding that was used. Some encodings allow either big-endian or little-endian encoding and the BOM signals that. There are certain cases where even UTF-8 data has a BOM and you do need to handle these edge cases. Python has ways to handle this. You should search "Python BOM" (or Byte Order Mark) and read the docs to get an understanding of this. The python docs and the wikipedia article are both very helpful.

Q3: "from _future_ import unicode_literals" is a way to make Python 2 behave like Python 3 when it comes to Unicode. This is great if you use it consistently and carefully. It provides a way to write code that will convert easier to Python 3 and run in both 2 and 3. However, it is easy to screw this up by having some code that uses bytestring literals and some that has unicode literals and you end up doing implicit conversions you don't want to do. If you want to look at a way to make your code work across both 2 and 3 and you are willing to put in the work to understand it, go ahead and give unicode_literals a shot. Just be careful to keep your unicode objects and your bytestring objects straight regardless of what syntax you are using to declare them.
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#IfIHadGlass  and a developer toolkit were available I would jump at the opportunity to create educational tutorials on how to develop for glass. I think glass may provide a really exciting way to promote Computer Science as a field.
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A little side project of mine
 
Check out my new shop that I'm in the process of opening up.
Custom designer party decorations to make all your events stand out.
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#IfIHadGlass  I would be able to see the world through my two year old's eyes. Which would be a really cool experience until he ripped them off and broke a $1500 piece of technology.
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#IfIHadGlass  I would document the first person perspective of recording of my new band's album this summer. I would also live stream perspective of playing a show from behind the drums.
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Cool! My boss +Jason Calacanis is putting on a Tablet App Development event on Oct. 21st and it's free for Devs. Sign up now!
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We just landed our first five speakers for LAUNCH 'Pad: The Tablet Event
http://www.launch.is/launch-pad-tablet-conference

October 21st I'm hosting a one-day event for 250 developers around the iPad.

It's free for developers to attend the event... yes, it's free. I have a couple of sponsors paying for the event so I figured, screw it, I'll make this free for people who actually build stuff.

YES, FREE FOR DEVELOPERS (I'm giving back... and trying to find a few!)
http://jc.is/ovaOS4

our first five speakers/presenters:


+Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote
+Woody Sears, founder of zuuka
Jason Baptiste, CEO of OnSwipe
+Michael Mullany, CEO of Sencha
+Amit Jardosh, co-founder of UberSense
We need 15 more killer CEO/Founders/brilliant folks.... who else!?!??!

wonder if +Kevin Rose has an ipad app to preview/show!??! :-)
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I know this is making the rounds but it was just too good for me not to share it! http://www.viddler.com/eleist/videos/1/
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    Software Engineer, 2012 - present
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