Lightning talks are great. They communicate a tremendous amount of information in a short period of time, which is like candy for our brains.
One such talk was on a module called argparse. It’s meant to mimic optparse, but it also parses arguments (not just options) and helps validate them. Seriously, the idea is so simple that I’m surprised the original optparse authors–or myself–didn’t think of it. This one will definitely be finding it’s way into many tools that I write. Kudos to Steven Bethard for creating this module.