[Dev] PyCON musings
vajda at osafoundation.org
Mon Mar 28 16:16:20 PST 2005
With the ample feedback already posted to this list about last week at PyCON,
here are few things I can add:
- PyCON is much much nicer than Java One. It is much more informal, much
more to the point, completely un-corporate.
- Sometimes, it felt like some religious organization run by very nice
zealots. For more on that see http://www.pythonology.org/ and then compare
it with http://www.scientology.org/ :)
- I went to a number of talks, most of which were very interesting. The most
entertaining of all was a talk by Michelle Levesque about the scattered
state of python-based web technology implementations.
- The main reason I went was for PyLucene and the talk I gave there. It was
the first time in 15 years I spoke in public, at least this time I got to
use English (last time I talked in 1989 at the FAW in Ulm, Germany, in
I got to meet with some people interested in PyLucene. One PyLucene user
was there too, Wai Yip Tung, who also gave a lightening talk about his
project, MindRetrieve.net, built with PyLucene. Wai Yip Tung is local and
I invited him to come present his stuff at one of our OSAF lunch/staff
meetings as his app could become a nice Chandler parcel.
Other PyLucene users I had never heard of before just walked up to me and
warmly thanked me for doing it and shook my hand. Kind of nice :)
- Lightening talks were a most refreshing way of presenting things.
Basically it goes as follows: you cram a bunch of geeks into a too small
room and have ten of them in one hour come up to the mike and talk about
their project in 5 minutes or less. Very interesting, no time to get
bored. I must say that all ten people had something interesting to say.
I wish there was more of that.
I'm very glad I went to PyCON. Lots of nice people, lots of opportunities to
meet people and find synergies between projects.
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