Alexandre Conrad is a Python developer for SurveyMonkey. Jay Woodruff interviewed him in September.
Have you ever been slapped in a bar after sharing your job title?
What’s the weirdest reaction you’ve gotten?
I think from myself. When I moved from Paris to the Bay Area and realized that being a Python developer was no longer rare.
How does France compare with the Bay Area in terms of the technology scene?
When it comes to technology, I think France is still better at making cheese. Seriously, France has a lot of smart people but the high-tech industry is nowhere close to Silicon Valley. France’s economy makes it difficult to become an entrepreneur.
And the wine?
I will stick with French wine, thank you.
Give us your Tweetable definition of a Python developer.
A nerd who turns beautiful lines of code into software.
How’d you get into this racket?
I am not sure. I did spend long hours on the Internet as a kid in the early ’90s, thinking this thing was better than Minitel. My parents confiscated my computer for months due to my bad grades at school. At 16, I worked in a video-game store, and then was a graphic designer for yogurt packages. I ended up as a software engineer when I wrote my prior company’s back-office software 10 years ago.
What do you tell relatives you do for a living?
That I am a Python programmer and that they should try it out, too! My wife is a lawyer, but she just started taking some Java classes “for fun.” Maybe to understand me better.
So, seriously: How exactly do you keep the snakes from eating the monkeys?
We put up signs in the office.