Updating Django REST Framework from 2.x to 3.x

The Load Impact API backend is written in Python. We use Django as a web framework and Django REST Framework for our API.

We have been stuck on DRF (Django REST Framework) 2.2.4 for a long time, and upgrading has seemed like a huge undertaking. It's one of those things that turn into a PROJECT, and every dev meeting has some kind of tired mention of the PROJECT, although there is never time to actually start working on it.

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NYC Tech Events: PyGotham

— Load Impact is constantly on the hunt for the best meetups and conferences around New York City. In this new blog series, NYC Tech Events, we talk about some of the developer-focused events around the city that feature great speakers and promote the sharing of ideas from professionals of all skill levels.

The origins of Python date back to 1991, and the language has been widely adopted ever since thanks to passionate developers and people like the team at Big Apple Py.

One of the group’s most successful events is the annual PyGotham, which takes place Aug. 15-16 in New York’s AMA Executive Conference Center.

PyGotham brings the city’s Python community together to share their projects, learn more about the language they love and find potential career opportunities.

Celia La is a board member at Big Apple Py and co-organizer of PyGotham. She says people can accomplish a lot of things at PyGotham and other Python events. It just depends on what people are looking to find.

“A lot of it is helping people have the courage to stand up and talk about what they’re working on in front of a group,” Celia said. “We just want to give Python developers a place to come and connect with like-minded people.”

While a lot of meetups talk about networking and recruiting as a core function, Big Apple Py’s events: PyGotham, NYC Python Meetup and Flask-NYC have shown Celia and the other founders proof their events are connecting people.

That’s because both Celia and co-founder Paul Logston found their current jobs through Python events.

Another benefit the founders have seen is the feeling of inclusion among a diverse group of developers. Celia pointed out the demographic of the events are typically very mixed, and she pointed out having a woman on the organization's board of directors could have something to do with that.

If you’re looking to share, learn or search for a career that will utilize your Python skills, you can register for PyGotham here.

Here are a few talks that stood out to us:

Building Tools for Social Good

Eric Schles is a senior analyst in the human trafficking response unit within the New York County’s district attorney’s office. In this presentation, Eric will talk about the growing use of data science and tool-building that can help save people’s lives.

An Iterative Approach to Inverse Problems Using Python’s Numpy

In this talk by Katya Vasilaky, who has a PhD in economics from Columbia, is about improving past algorithms that focused on inverse problems in math, data science, image processing and tomography.

Docker Containers in the Cloud: Provider DeathMatch

Jeff Uthaichai is here to help developers determine which container provider is ing of the Python world. There’s no doubt containers have been eating the development world the last two years, so you know there are plenty of options out there to choose from. If this presentation is half as fun as its name, it will definitely be worth attending.

Teaching Python in Middle School

People often debate when and how children should learn to code — because it’s hardly a question of “if they should” anymore. Meg Winston Ray, a computer science teacher at Bronx Compass High School, uses this presentation to make the case for middle schoolers to learn Python. And bring your computer, class. Meg expects you to contribute to this collaborative session.


Fun fact: The programming language Python is named after the cult-classic comedy series, “Monty Python.” That’s because Guido van Rossum, Python’s author, was reading original scripts from Monty Python when he developed the programming language.

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Cloud Based Server-Side Load Testing

Just recently we announced the release of our Server Metrics agent. A feature that makes it possible to gather internal data from your server.

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