Do you need a refresher on using Docker with Python? Would you like to learn how to configure a continuous integration pipeline with modern tools and Docker? This week on the show, Christopher Trudeau is here, bringing another batch of PyCoder’s Weekly articles and projects.

We share a Real Python tutorial from Bartosz Zaczyński about building continuous integration with Docker. Docker provides consistent environments for configuring, testing, and delivering Python applications. In this tutorial, you’ll get up to speed with current Docker and CI techniques.

We also speak with Bill Pollock from No Starch Press about Hacker Initiative. The public nonprofit gives back to and strengthens the hacking community. The 2023 grant cycle is currently open until August 15. We discuss the application process and projects from previous grant recipients.

We cover several other articles and projects from the Python community, including a news update and some resources on implementing metaclasses in Python, creating time machine-style backups, and scanning your project for vulnerabilities.

Course Spotlight: Metaclasses in Python

Metaclasses are an important but mysterious behind-the-scenes mechanism for instantiating classes in Python. In this video course, you’ll learn how Python’s metaclasses work in object-oriented programming.


  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:02:26 – PyPI Temporarily Suspended New Registrations
  • 00:03:38 – PyPI was subpoenaed
  • 00:04:54 – Python 3.12.0 beta 1 released
  • 00:05:19 – Build Robust Continuous Integration With Docker and Friends
  • 00:13:02 – Metaclasses in Python
  • 00:20:03 – Pronouncing SQL - Is there life after SQL?
  • 00:22:52 – Video Course Spotlight
  • 00:24:25 – pyscan: Python dependency vulnerability scanner, written in Rust
  • 00:26:28 – Time Machine-Style Backups
  • 00:29:20 – Bill Pollock and Hacker Initiative
  • 00:34:18 – Previous grant recipients
  • 00:36:58 – First Tech Challenge
  • 00:43:18 – Large vs small nonprofits
  • 00:45:48 – Applying for the 2023 grant cycle
  • 00:49:01 – Underserved areas
  • 00:51:45 – Thanks and goodbye


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