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Trending on Hacker News and GitHub with 120 lines of Python

From writing and committing to publishing and promoting makesite.py, a static site generator for Python coders

Sunaina Pai

Monday 17th, 16:30 (Assembly Room)


A talk (25 minutes)

This session is about my personal journey of creating and publishing my first successful open source project in Python. I will share a story that starts with rewriting my static, shell-script-powered personal blog generator, then writing 120 lines of Python code, publishing it on Hacker News, and then trending on Hacker News and GitHub (right next to Linus Torvalds :-D) for a day of hacker-fame.

In this session, I will share how 120 lines of Python code written to solve a personal need helped me to connect with developers across the world and become a part of a small community of Python coders. I believe this session will be very useful to beginners who want to take their first step into creating their own personal Python project and make it successful.

Visit https://github.com/sunainapai/makesite to see the source code of this project.


  • The speaker suggested this session is suitable for new programmers.

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