Ana Balica

Hi, I'm Ana.

I'm a software developer. I mostly do Python. This blog is about my adventures with code, travel experiences and relevant life events.

Here's what I'm doing now.

Occasionally I give talks.

Please don't take my words for granted, because Internet is full of bad advice, and I might be part of it inadvertently.

Take me to Bali

Bali is probably one of those beautiful and exotic places, that are actively advertised at your local travel agency. Paradise on earth, I think, they call it. Not without a reason, of course. It’s this beautiful, haunting place, where you...

Contributing to open source like a boss

This is a collection of the most obvious, nevertheless overlooked, bullet points that every contributor should be aware of when making the first contribution to an open source project. I remember my first contribution to MoinMoin Wiki Engine and it...

Systers Portal

Today I was listening to Swift episode by Programming Throwdown podcast series. At some point hosts raise the question of open source involvement. You probably also received this piece of advice: If you want to get your hands on some...

The tale of DRY with django-crispy-forms

So you have this Django app. If you are like me and don’t have quite the skills for a good UI design, you probably stick to bootstrap. You know you will have a bunch of forms and you don’t want...

Erasmus FAQ

I see a lot of interest from students towards going on Erasmus. Their excitement is understandable, nevertheless students tend to rely heavily on other’s experience and ask same questions all over again (rather than reading piles of information on official...

Developers at Eco Village

Eco Village supports the idea that sustainable lifestyle can be revived in rural area of Moldova with the effort of the community. It’s also an NGO and a great bunch of people. It’s pretty cool how people with strong vision...

Python Moldova Meetup #3

Quite recently we organized our third Python Moldova Meetup. We also have updated the official Python wiki page and added Python Moldova to the list. Meanwhile Python Moldova Community exists over a year and counts 154 members at the moment....

Buda and Pest

Every time going on vacation to some new place I am telling myself to not look into any guides and follow my intuition. I want to be amazed and surprised by what I see and preferable have zero expectations. That...

Packing light is hard

Especially for girls. I used to pack up a giant travel luggage, even if I was going to be out for 2 days. “I dress according to the moods I sense in the room. As such, I must have options.”...

Why travel?

And Siobhan says people go on holidays to see new things and relax, but it wouldn’t make me relaxed and you can see new things by looking at earth under a microscope or drawing the shape of the solid made...