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- Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Nikita Sobolev about Mimesis, a library for quickly generating synthetic data
- How did you get introduced to Python?
- What is mimesis and how does it compare to other projects such as faker and factory_boy?
- What was the motivation for creating it?
- One of the features that is advertised is the speed of Mimesis. What techniques are used to ensure that the data is generated quickly?
- What are the built in mechanisms for generating data?
- What options do users have for customizing the types of data that can get generated?
- What are some of the most complicated providers to write and maintain?
- What are some of the use cases outside of unit or integration tests where Mimesis could be beneficial?
- How would you use Mimesis to anonymize data from a production environment to be used for testing?
- What are the most challenging aspects of maintaining the Mimesis project?
- What are some of the plans that you have for the future of Mimesis?
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