Cover art for podcast The Python Podcast.__init__

The Python Podcast.__init__

100 EpisodesProduced by Tobias MaceyWebsite

The podcast about Python and the people who make it great

42:02

Accelerating The Adoption Of Python At Wayfair

Summary

Large companies often have a variety of programming languages and technologies being used across departments to keep the business running. Python has been gaining ground in these environments because of its flexibility, ease of use, and developer productivity. In order to accelerate the rate of adoption at Wayfair this week’s guest Jonathan Biddle started a team to work with other engineering groups on their projects and show them how best to take advantage of the benefits of Python. In this episode he explains their operating model, shares their success stories, and provides advice on the pitfalls to avoid if you want to follow in his footsteps. This is definitely worth a listen if you are using Python in your work or would like to aid in its adoption.

Announcements
  • Hello and welcome to Podcast.__init__, the podcast about Python and the people who make it great.
  • When you’re ready to launch your next app or want to try a project you hear about on the show, you’ll need somewhere to deploy it, so take a look at our friends over at Linode. With 200 Gbit/s private networking, scalable shared block storage, node balancers, and a 40 Gbit/s public network, all controlled by a brand new API you’ve got everything you need to scale up. And for your tasks that need fast computation, such as training machine learning models, they just launched dedicated CPU instances. Go to pythonpodcast.com/linode to get a $20 credit and launch a new server in under a minute. And don’t forget to thank them for their continued support of this show!
  • Having all of your logs and event data in one place makes your life easier when something breaks, unless that something is your Elastic Search cluster because it’s storing too much data. CHAOSSEARCH frees you from having to worry about data retention, unexpected failures, and expanding operating costs. They give you a fully managed service to search and analyze all of your logs in S3, entirely under your control, all for half the cost of running your own Elastic Search cluster or using a hosted platform. Try it out for yourself at pythonpodcast.com/chaossearch and don’t forget to thank them for supporting the show!
  • You listen to this show to learn and stay up to date with the ways that Python is being used, including the latest in machine learning and data analysis. For even more opportunities to meet, listen, and learn from your peers you don’t want to miss out on this year’s conference season. We have partnered with organizations such as O’Reilly Media, Dataversity, Corinium Global Intelligence, Alluxio, and Data Council. Upcoming events include the combined events of the Data Architecture Summit and Graphorum, the Data Orchestration Summit, and Data Council in NYC. Go to pythonpodcast.com/conferences to learn more about these and other events, and take advantage of our partner discounts to save money when you register today.
  • Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Jonathan Biddle about his work to encourage and empower Wayfair engineers in their use of Python
Interview
  • Introductions
  • How did you get introduced to Python?
  • Can you start by describing the mission statement for you and your team at Wayfair?
    • What is the origin story for how your group got started?
      • How and where was Python being used within Wayfair at the time?
  • What are the primary languages that are used throughout Wayfair?
    • What is involved in the selection process for a language and technology stack for new projects within Wayfair?
  • Can you describe how and why you work with different groups throughout Wayfair?
  • What are some of the common misconceptions or barriers that you encounter when working with other engineering and product teams about how and where Python will be useful?
  • How large is your team currently and what is the length of a typical engagement?
    • How has the scale and scope of your work changed since your group was first formed?
  • How many different product teams have you worked with at this point and what are some of the notable outcomes?
  • What are some of the most challenging aspects, both technical and organizational, of educating other engineers on when and how to use Python?
  • Can you share some examples of engagements that you would classify as a failure?
    • What lessons have you learned from those situations?
  • What advice do you have for other groups or organizations who may be considering or actively launching similar initiatives?
Keep In Touch Closing Announcements
  • Thank you for listening! Don’t forget to check out our other show, the Data Engineering Podcast for the latest on modern data management.
  • Visit the site to subscribe to the show, sign up for the mailing list, and read the show notes.
  • If you’ve learned something or tried out a project from the show then tell us about it! Email hosts@podcastinit.com) with your story.
  • To help other people find the show please leave a review on iTunes and tell your friends and co-workers
  • Join the community in the new Zulip chat workspace at pythonpodcast.com/chat
Picks Links

The intro and outro music is from Requiem for a Fish The Freak Fandango Orchestra / CC BY-SA

Listen to The Python Podcast.__init__

RadioPublic

A free podcast app for iPhone and Android

  • User-created playlists and collections
  • Download episodes while on WiFi to listen without using mobile data
  • Stream podcast episodes without waiting for a download
  • Queue episodes to create a personal continuous playlist
RadioPublic on iOS and Android
Or by RSS
RSS feed
https://www.pythonpodcast.com/feed/mp3/