Asheesh Laroia

Asheesh Laroia
Member of Technical Staff, Sandstorm Development Group

Website | @asheeshlaroia

Asheesh loves growing camaraderie among geeks. He chaired the Johns Hopkins Association for Computing Machinery and taught Python classes at Noisebridge, San Francisco’s hackerspace. He realizes that most of the work that makes projects successful is hidden underneath the surface.

He has volunteered his technical skills for the UN in Uganda, the EFF, and Students for Free Culture, and is a Developer in Debian. Until recently, he engineered software and scalability at Creative Commons in San Francisco; today, he works at OpenHatch as its executive director.


Location: D136 Level: Intermediate
Asheesh Laroia (Sandstorm Development Group)
Average rating: ***..
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Scrapy lets you straightforwardly pull data out of the web. It helps you retry if the site is down, extract content from pages using CSS selectors (or XPath), and cover your code with tests. It downloads asynchronously with high performance. You program to a simple model, and it's good for web APIs, too. If you use requests, mechanize, or celery for HTTP, you should probably switch to scrapy. Read more.
Location: E144 Level: Intermediate
Asheesh Laroia (Sandstorm Development Group)
Average rating: ****.
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In recent years, communities as wide-ranging as Wikihow to Thunderbird have been surveying participants and using this information to improve the experiences of participants. Learn how open source projects are tracking contributors to identify where people fall away, and to nudge them forward, with an eye toward actionable data and addressing possible sources of bias. Read more.
Location: Expo Hall (Table 1)
Asheesh Laroia (Sandstorm Development Group)


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