Wesley J. Chun
Software Architect, Technical Consultant, Corporate Trainer
Silicon Valley, California, USA
@wescpy / +WesleyChun
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
+WESLEY CHUN, MSCS, is the author of Prentice Hall's bestselling Core Python books, the Python Fundamentals companion video lectures, co-author of Python Web Development with Django, and has written for Linux Journal, CNET, and InformIT. In addition to being an engineer & Developer Advocate at Google, he runs CyberWeb, a consultancy specializing in Python training. Wesley has over 25 years of programming, teaching, and writing experience. While at Yahoo!, he helped create Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! People Search using Python. Wesley holds degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Music from the University of California. He loves traveling worldwide to meet developers, whether at a technical conference, user group meeting, or on a university campus. Wesley is a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation and can be reached on Google+ or Twitter.
 
HIGHLIGHTS
2014-2015 • Advocate Google Apps APIs (Drive, Gmail, Calendar, Sheets, etc.) plus Google Apps Script to developers
2013-2014 • Build awareness of Google developer technologies & APIs in academia
2011-2012 • Author of the spinoff book, Core Python Applications Programming, 3rd edition
2010-2011 • Bring the magic of Google cloud computing to the global developer community
2008-2009 • Wrote Python Fundamentals & co-author of Python Web Development with Django
2007-2008 • Help people shop locally, online then offline (geo-located product search engine)
2005-2006 • Revised and updated Core Python Programming for its 2nd edition
2004-2005 • Helping the world get rid of spam and viruses from their e-mail inboxes
2002-2003 • Bringing new medicines to market faster with radiology software for doctors
2000-2001 • Author of Core Python Programming; created its CD-ROM and website
1998-1999 • Lead software engineer and web designer for Yahoo! People Search
1997-1998 • Helped create Yahoo!Mail by architecting address book and spellchecker
1995-1996 • Developed various networking tools and software for the Solaris operating system
1994-1995 • Completed graduate work and published papers and thesis in networking field
 
TECHNICAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Nov 09 - present GOOGLE, San Francisco & Mountain View, California
Senior Developer Advocate: Perform outreach, evangelism, and support for Google developer tools, APIs, and platforms to professional developers as well as those in academia. Bring about awareness and drive adoption while advocating to and for developers. Use various technologies (Python, JavaScript, Google Apps Script, Google App Engine) to build small tools or prototype apps for use in technical documentation, articles, and/or published works. Resolve user issues, file bugs, communicate between the global developer community and internal teams (product management, site reliability, core engineering), organize developer events (meetups, user groups, hackathons, sprints, etc.), help answer questions on online forums (StackOverflow, Quora, Google Groups) as well as engage in talks with potential partners. Travel worldwide to deliver technical talks & tutorials at conferences and user group meetings. Also create, script, and star in developer video content as well as contribute technical writing/editing (i.e., books, articles, team blogposts, tweets / Google+ posts, personal technical blogposts, etc.) as well as perform internal training on Python and App Engine.
Jan 95 - present CYBERWEB CONSULTING, Silicon Valley, California
Principal: Founder and principal resource of technical consulting agency specializing in Python corporate training, including public instruction and short-term engineering contracts. Writing duties include Python-related books, articles, and general technical writing and editing.
Nov 08 - Oct 09 SLIDE, San Francisco, California
(acquired by Google Aug 2010)
Architect: Responsible for some of the logging and reporting for various online Facebook and destination site applications as well as some lower-level middleware and backend infrastructure. Advocating agile development, longer and more thorough design processes vs. hacking systems together that are thrown away, trying to bring some stability to a hectic startup environment. Serving as an in-house Python consultant, assisting others with questions, tasks, etc.; also writing up a occasional column for the team giving insight, describing useful modules, suggested tools, and best practices. TOOLS: Python, SQL, git
Oct 06 - Nov 08 NEARBYNOW, Mountain View, California
(acquired by JiWire Nov 2010)
Senior Engineer: Building applications for optimizing localized retail shopping for consumers who research and shop online but prefer to buy offline. Built an SMS/text messaging service allowing mobile phone users to access the company's product search engine. Also developed the in-house customer reservation tool on top of an open source issue-tracking system. Have a patent pending on a search engine operating within the bounds of a well-defined geographic location. TOOLS: Python, SVN, XML, JSON, SQL.

  • United States Patent Pending: Systems and Methods for Searching a Defined Area
          Publication#: US 2009/0265251-A1, published on 22-Oct-2009; Application#: 11/948,884, filed 30-Nov-2007
          Inventors: Scott Dunlap, Dan Steinman, Jeff Piper, Josh Schaefer, Johannes Erdfelt, Quyen Tran, Wesley Chun, Paul Howe.

  • Nov 05 - Oct 06 (time off to write Core Python Programming, 2nd ed.; see CYBERWEB CONSULTING above)
    May 04 - Nov 05 IRONPORT SYSTEMS, San Bruno, California
    (acquired by Cisco Jan 2007)
    Software Engineer: Architected the server-side Virus Outbreak Filters® (temporarily quarantine suspicious messages) for email security applicances. Also developed message-tracking and report generator. TOOLS: Python, CVS, Unix shell, SQL
    Nov 01 - Apr 04 SYNARC, San Francisco, California
    (merged with Center for Clinical and Basic Research [CCBR] Jul 2013)
    Senior Software Developer: Lead engineer for clinical trials medical imaging application allowing radiologists and trained technicians to perform vertebral identification in a digital domain and score spine radiographs (X-rays) for vertebral fracture analysis and assessment. TOOLS: Python, Tk (Tkinter and Pmw), SQL, RCS
    Aug 99 - Nov 01 (time off to write Core Python Programming and world travel; see CYBERWEB CONSULTING above)
    Oct 97 - Aug 99 YAHOO!, Santa Clara, California
    Technical Yahoo!: Lead engineer managing one junior engineer for Yahoo! People Search, an online white pages directory service. Ported original Four11 service code to Yahoo! platform and built APIs for 3rd-parties to integrate into the service. Responsibilities included development, sustaining engineering, internationalization, automating nightly updates, 24x7 support, and interfacing to other Yahoo! products. Performed the graphical and engineering redesign of the RocketMail/Yahoo!Mail Address Book and Spell Checker. TOOLS: Python, C/C++, Apache, Unix shell, RCS
    Feb 97 - Oct 97 FOUR11, Menlo Park, California
    (acquired by Yahoo! Oct 1997)
    Software Engineer: Helped build the Yahoo!Mail system (originally called RocketMail). Rearchitected the original spellchecker and built its address book. Also built an unreleased groups service and various text processing for RocketMail. TOOLS: Python, C++, RCS, Unix shell
    Aug 94 - Jan 97 SUN MICROSYSTEMS: SUNSOFT, Mountain View, California
    (acquired by Oracle Jan 2010)
    Member of Technical Staff: Developed networking software for Solaris in the Name Services Group. Improved password coordination between NIS/YP and NIS+ name servers, managed the product source gate/tree, automated nightly builds, tested and integrated bug fixes and enhancements. TOOLS: C, SCCS, Unix shell
     
    OTHER TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE: Hewlett Packard, Rockwell Int'l, Legato Systems, Xilinx
     
    INSTRUCTIONAL EXPERIENCE
    Mar 07 - present FOOTHILL-DeANZA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT, Los Altos Hills, CA
    CTIS Part-Time Instructor: Deliver an Intermediate Python course (CS 21B/CIS 68L) at Foothill College as well as serve occasionally as a substitute instructor for the beginner course (CS 21A/CIS 68K).
    Jan 95 - present CYBERWEB CONSULTING, Silicon Valley, California
    Principal: Founder of technical consulting agency performing private technical corporate training as well as public instruction. Current courses: (Comprehensive) Intro+Intermediate Python and Advanced Python. Previous courses: C Language Programming and Introduction to Unix.
    Jul 95 - Mar 03 UNIVERSITY EXTENSION, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Course Instructor: Designing and teaching engineering courses for working professionals, primarily Python Programming and Python Programming II. Other courses include: Introduction to UNIX (CS X472) and C Language Programming (CS X471). Practicing and developing interpersonal skills and strategies while working with a variety of students of differing aptitudes and backgrounds.
    OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL EXPERIENCE: UCSB Computer Science Department and UC Santa Barbara Extension, Contra Costa College, UC Berkeley, West Contra Costa (Richmond) Unified School District
     
    EDUCATION
    Sep 92 - Aug 94 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, Santa Barbara
    Master of Science, Computer Science (emphasis: Distributed Systems, degree awarded: Dec 95)

    Jan 85 - May 90 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, Berkeley
    Artium Baccalaureus, Applied Mathematics (emphasis: Computer Science, degree awarded: Dec 89)
    Certificate of Minor Program, Music (emphasis: Classical Piano, degree awarded: Dec 89)
     
    SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
    OSCON 2009


     

  • Exploring Google APIs with Python (session)
  • BayPIGgies (Silicon Valley Python users group)
    Thu, 2016 Aug 25
    Mountain View, CA

  • Python 103: Memory Model & Best Practices (session)
  • PyBay (regional PyCon conference)
    2016 Aug 19-21
    San Francisco, CA

  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Python at Google (session)
  • PyCon 2016
    2016 May 28-Jun 5
    Portland, OR

  • Intermediate Python (quarterly/12-week course)
  • Foothill College
    Mondays, 2016 Jan 4 - Mar 21 (Winter Quarter)
    Palo Alto, CA

  • Exploring Google APIs with Python & Javascript (session)
  • 2015 Silicon Valley CodeCamp
    2015 Oct 3-4
    San Jose, CA

  • Google Apps Script: Getting the Most out of Google Apps (PDF) (session)
  • TCEA
    Mon-Fri, 2014 Feb 3-7
    Austin, TX
  • (The) Chromebook Classroom (PDF) (session)

  • What is Python? (session)
  • 53rd Annual CETPA Conference
    Tue-Fri, 2013 Nov 19-22
    Pasadena, CA
  • The Future of Computing (session)

  • Google, Developers, and Education (session)
  • Fall CUE conference
    Sat, 2013 Oct 26
    American Canyon, CA

  • Python 103: Memory Model & Best Practices (session)
          UPDATE: highest-rated session in Python track!
  • O'Reilly OSCON
    Mon-Fri, 2013 Jul 22-26
    Portland, OR (bio)
  • Google, Developers, and Education (session)
  • Teaching the open source-friendly Google App Engine (and friends) (BoF)
  • What is Python? (BoF)

  • What is Python? (session)
  • 2012 Silicon Valley CodeCamp
    Sat-Sun, 2012 Oct 6-7
    Los Altos Hills, CA (bio)
  • Google, Developers, and Education (session)

  • (Comprehensive) Intro+Intermediate Python (3-day course)
  • CyberWeb Consulting
    Wed-Fri, 2012 Aug 1-3
    San Francisco (Burlingame), CA

  • Connecting to Twitter & Google+ using Python (session)
  • O'Reilly OSCON
    Mon-Fri, 2012 Jul 16-20
    Portland, OR (bio)
  • Python 3: the Next Generation (session)

  • What is Google App Engine? (tutorial)
  • Cloud Fair 2012
    Tue-Thu, 2012 Apr 17-19
    Seattle, WA

  • The Future of Computing (invited talk)
  • National University of Singapore
    Thu, 2011 Nov 10
    Singapore

  • (Comprehensive) Intro+Intermediate Python (3-day course)
  • CyberWeb Consulting
    Tue-Thu, 2011 Oct 18-20
    San Francisco (San Bruno), CA

  • What is Google App Engine? (session)
  • PythonBrasil
    Thu-Sat, 2011 Sep 29-Oct 1
    São Paulo, BR
  • Python 3: the Next Generation (session)

  • The Future of Computing (session)
  • Congresso Brasileiro de Software
    Mon-Fri, 2011 Sep 26-30
    São Paulo, BR

  • What is Google App Engine? (session)
  • PyCon Argentina
    Fri-Sat, 2011 Sep 23-24
    Junín, AR
  • Python 3: the Next Generation (session)

  • Google App Engine workshop (tutorial)
  • O'Reilly OSCON
    Mon-Wed, 2011 Jul 25-27
    Portland, OR (bio)
  • Python 3: the Next Generation (session)

  • Introduction to Python, Cloud Computing & Google App Engine (workshop)
  • ACM CSTA CS&IT Annual Conference
    Mon-Wed, 2011 Jul 11-13
    New York City, NY

  • Writing Books using Python & Open Source Software (session)
  • EuroPython 2011
    Mon-Fri, 2011 Jun 20-25
    Florence/Firenze, IT (bio)
  • Python 3: the Next Generation (is here already) (session)
  • Using Python in Software for the Medical Industry (session)
  • Python 103: Mmmm... Understanding Python's Memory Model, Mutability, and Methods (session)
  • What is Google App Engine? (session)

  • Python@Google (invited talk)
  • Google I/O 2011
    Mon-Wed, 2011 May 9-11
    San Francisco, CA

  • Google App Engine workshop (tutorial)
  • PyCon 2011
    Wed-Sun, 2011 Mar 9-17
    Atlanta, GA (bio)
  • Python 3: the next generation is here already (session)
  • Running pure Django apps on Google App Engine (session)

  • The Next Generation of Humanity (invited talk)
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology
    Fri, 2011 Mar 4
    Alexandria, VA
     
    CORPORATE TRAINING CLIENTS
    Cisco
    Disney TV Animation
    Hitachi
    Avaya
    Infoblox
    General Dynamics
    Legato (EMC)
    Google
    VMware
    Intuitive Surgical
    Transcontinental Direct
    Ingersoll-Rand
    IronPort
    Xilinx
     
    COMPUTER SKILLS AND TRAINING
    Languages: Python, Unix shell script; familiar with SQL, Javascript, JSON, and various markup (i.e., *wiki, reStructuredText, Markdown, etc.)
    Operating Systems: Unix/POSIX (Linux, Mac OS X, etc.) and Win32
    Tools: Source code control (Perforce, git, SVN, CVS, RCS, SCCS), issue tracking (Trac, Bugzilla, RoundUp); Office (Excel, PowerPoint); databases (MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite)
     
    PUBLICATIONS
    Chun, Wesley J., Core Python Applications Programming, 3rd ed., Prentice Hall PTR: Core series, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, USA, © 2012 (2012 Mar 9). ISBN 0-13-267820-9. QA76.73.P98 C48 2012.

    Chun, Wesley J., "A Python Reading List". InformIT, 2012 Mar 4 (online-only).

    Chun, Wesley, "Running Django Projects on Google App Engine". Google, 2010 Nov 22 (online-only).

    Chun, Wesley, "Rapid Cloud Development using App Engine for the Cycle Hire Widget Android application". Google App Engine Blog, 2010 Aug 4 (online-only).

    Chun, Wesley, "Using Federated Authentication via OpenID in Google App Engine". Google, 2010 Jul 15 (online-only).

    Chun, Wesley J., "Python's 'New' Division: Python 2 vs. Python 3". InformIT, 2010 Jan 21 (online-only).

    Beazley, David M., Wesley Chun, Cameron Laird, and Mark Summerfield, "The Three Python Tenors Sing 'Threads' and 'State of Mind'". InformIT, 2009 Jul 29 (online-only).

    Chun, Wesley J., "Python 3: The Evolution of a Programming Language". InformIT, 2009 Mar 24 (online-only).

    Chun, Wesley J., Python Fundamentals (Video Training DVD), Prentice Hall PTR: LiveLessons series, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, USA, © 2009 (Dec 2008). ISBN 0-13-714341-9. ISBN-13 978-0-13-714341-2.


    Forcier, Jeff, Paul Bissex, Wesley J. Chun, Python Web Development with Django, Addison Wesley Professional: Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, USA, © 2009 (Nov 2008). ISBN-10 0-13-235613-9; ISBN-13 978-0-13-235613-8. TK5105.8885.D54F68 2009.

    Chun, Wesley J., Core Python Programming, 2nd ed., Prentice Hall PTR: Core series, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, USA, © 2007 (Sep 2006). ISBN 0-13-226993-7. QA76.73.P98 C48 2006.

    Chun, Wesley J., "Keeping Up with Python: the 2.2 Release". Linux Journal, Issue 99, pp. 84-91, July 2002. ISSN 1075-3583.

    Chun, Wesley J., "Python 2.2 Q&A with Guido van Rossum, Creator of Python". Linux Journal, Issue 98, pp. 84-85, June 2002. ISSN 1075-3583.

    Chun, Wesley J., Core Python Programming. Prentice Hall PTR: Core series, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, USA, © 2001 (Dec 2000). ISBN 0-13-026036-3. QA76.73.P98 C48 2000.

    Chun, W. J., L. E. Moser, P. M. Melliar-Smith, and D.A. Agarwal, "Distributed Simulation for a Communication Protocol Development Environment." (PDF or PS) In the Journal of High Performance Computing, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 3-12, Supercomputing and Visualization Unit, National University of Singapore, Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore, December 1997. ISSN 0218-6802.

    Chun, W. J., L. E. Moser, P. M. Melliar-Smith, and D.A. Agarwal, "Applying Distributed Simulation to a Communication Protocol Development Environment." (PDF [IEEE], PDF [local], or PS) In the Proceedings of the 29th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Vol. 1, pp. 320-329, Maui, Hawaii, January 1996, IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos, CA. ISBN 0-8186-7324-9. (Nominated for BEST PAPER award)

    Chun, W. J., "Virtual Gateways: Performing Distributed Simulations in the Totem Protocol Development Environment." (PDF or PS) Master's Thesis, University of California, Santa Barbara, September 1994. QA76.27.C2 S25 CHUW 1994. Also available as Technical Report #94-23, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, September 1994.

     
    PERSONAL INTERESTS
    Hobbies/Leisure: current events, personal finance, market research, social networking
    Music: maintainer of the "Monster" Alan Parsons Project Discography, classically-trained pianist (since 1972)
    Sports/Recreation: ultimate frisbee, bicycling, skiing, bowling, basketball, personal fitness, yoga, poker
    Traveling: Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Germany, India, Nepal, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Japan, Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Kenya, Italy, Poland, Malaysia, Switzerland, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Belize, El Salvador
    Associations: Silicon Valley-San Francisco Bay Area Python Users Group: BayPIGgies (volunteer coordinator), Python Tutor mailing list (volunteer moderator/list manager)
    Open Source:
          • Gadfly dbapi20.py (patch 1468968)
          • Python bltinmodule.c (patch 1460496)
          • pyPgSQL PgSQLTestCases.py (patch 942643)
          • Python CGIHTTPServer.py v1.21 (patch 511380)
          • GNU a2ps HTML style sheet v1.1
     
    PERSONAL
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  • Other references available upon request
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