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GHC Getting Closer – Can’t Wait!

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by Zaza Soriano

Excitement.xml


<Excitement>
<APL>
<Coworkers/>
<Committee>
<Purpose/>
<Benefits/>
</Committee>
<Recruiting/>
</APL>
<GHC type="Community Committee">
<Members>
</GHC>
<GHC type="Inspiration"/>
</Excitement>

ParseExcitement.py


for Topic in Excitement.Children:

print """I work at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
Laboratory (APL) as an embedded software engineer. This will
be my 6th year attending GHC, my 2nd representing APL, and my
first on the AnitaB.org Communities Committee."""

if Topic.Type == 'APL':

print """APL is a non-profit company and because of that
it’s not an easy task to justify spending money on a
non-technical conference. This however has been
changing,and is one of the things I am really excited
about this year."""

for Info in Topic.Children:
switch(Info.Type):
case 'Coworkers':

print """It’s exciting to watch the GHC bug
start to spread to other departments in the
organization."""

break;

case 'Committee':

print """A couple of us started up a
committee to help with the influx of
APL’ers attending. The road has been
bumpy so far and I am very excited to
see how this year goes!"""

for Item in Info.Children:
if Item.Type == 'Purpose':

print """Our motivation behind the
committee had a lot to do with
wanting to make the experience as
smooth as possible for new
attendees, as well as making sure
we as a lab are able to
continually benefit from what was
learned at GHC."""

if Item.Type == 'Benefits':

print """I’m really excited about
seeing how each pair of APL’ers
will share what they learned
this year."""

break;

case 'Recruiting':

print """Last year I headed up the
recruiting for our department. This year
I am excited to see how my friend does
with recruiting. So far I am extremely
happy and love to witness young woman
gaining confidence and experience doing
something they love."""

break;

if Topic.Type == 'GHC':
if Topic.getAttribute('type') == 'Community Committee':
if Topic.ChildNode(0).Type == 'Members':

print """I LOVE working with everyone on the
committee! It’s like being surrounded by
amazing woman all the time! I am looking
forward to finally meeting everyone next
month. :)"""

else if Topic.getAttribute('type') == 'Inspiration':

print """I saved the best for last...The thing
I get the most excited about GHC is the
inspiration you get from attending. Yes the
sessions are great, very informative, generally
always useful, but there is something about
being in a room full of THOUSANDS of other
technical woman that is just SO INSPIRING!!
It’s not something that can be described with
words, so I hope that every technical woman at
some point gets to experience that amazing
feeling at least once in their life."""

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