2009-12-28

Talks I Want To See, Cont.

It seems that I missed Jesse Noller's contribution:
jessenoller.com: PyCon 2010: Talks I want to see; Keynotes, registration open: I thought I’d share the talks I’m pretty jazzed about, as well as some other bits of PyCon-related news.

First up – early bird registration is open – early bird reg nets you a decent discount on registration fees for PyCon, and will run until January 6th.

Next – for those of you who didn’t see the news, Mark Shuttleworth will also be doing a Keynote at PyCon – this is awesome news. I think both keynotes, his and Antonio Rodriguez’ will be great. I don’t want to speak as to the content just yet – but with two high caliber entrepreneurs/founders, I’m dead sure it will be awesome.

As for the talks I want to see – well, this is criminally difficult. I pretty much want to see almost every single invited talk we have (I’m especially excited about Alex’s, Jack’s, Joe’s and Ned’s talks. I think our invited speakers this year will be very, very popular.

As for talks that “made it through the painstaking review process” I presided over, here’s my personal “gotta see” list:

  • “Understanding the Python GIL” – David Beazley; David’s been hinting at taking his talk he did earlier this year “up a notch” – I can’t wait!
  • “Actors: What, Why, and How” – Donovan Preston. Hell yeah!
  • “Turtles All The Way Down: Demystifying Deferreds, Decorators, and Declarations” – Glyph Lefkowitz; Glyph is a fantastic, and energetic speaker. Definitely looking forward to see this dog-and-pony show.
  • “Using Django in Non-Standard Ways” – Eric Florenzano; I’ve been doing a fair amount of non-standard Django work lately, and I’m interested to see things which may apply to my day-to-day work.
  • “Modern version control: Mercurial internals” – Dirkjan Ochtman and “Hg and Git : Can’t we all just get along?” – Mr. Scott Chacon; these both apply to a lot of the work I’m doing (not the day job) and given the adoption rate of both mercurial and git, and the fact git continues to fill me with a seething rage every time I use it, I desperately need to see Scott’s talk!

That’s a quick top five (six) off the top of my head – and I could probably list out a heck of a lot more. I’m completely jazzed about PyCon this year. We’ve added a fifth track, we’ve got poster sessions, kick ass tutorials, fantastic talks, and rocking Keynotes.

The Five Talks I Really Want to See

The deadline for getting early-bird pricing at PyCon is coming up (register by January 6!), and people are starting to see just how great the schedule is for this year's PyCon. From around the web:
PyOraGeek: PyCon pre-favorites: When I look over the PyCon 2010 talk list, I'd like to be at about half of them (a physical impossibility, until I master self-multiplexing). Still, these are the ones that I'll move heaven and earth to be at. What about you - what are your favorites?
Click through for the whole list, but Catherine highlights (among others) Extending Java Applications with Jython ...IronPython Tooling ... Python in the Browser .... and others, and then ends with the magnificent:
An Underwater Python: Tortuga the Python Powered Robot
because, deep down inside, people everywhere are the same; we all want to be loved, and Python-powered robot submarines.
Carl Trachte then weighs in:
pyright: PyCon pre-favorites, the Carl T. edition: These are my picks (not in order - the truth is I could spend all day talking about a lot of these talks - they are all good - too short a life - too many good talks):

1) Ha, go to the depths of the sea to your Octopus' Garden with your submarine robot, Catherine. I'm heading skyward with robots in space.

2) Jython in the Military, is near and dear to me. Besides, bossman is giving the talk - never hurts to show up and support the team.

3) While we're on the subject of Jython,Extending Java Applications with Jython by Wierzbicki is one that has potential to make me less ignorant.
...and Carl continues up to #8. Featured post number three was provided by Tim Lesher:
Aftermarket Pipes: Five Pycon 2010 Talks I Need to See: ...I thought I'd put together a list of the five Pycon talks I need to see in 2010. But I couldn't--I struggled to get below a dozen. So here are the top five I need to see, plus the ones I'll probably kick myself for not seeing because they're undoubtedly going to be scheduled in the same slots as the top five:

1. Import this, that, and the other thing: custom importers (Brett Cannon)
This is an easy choice, because I'm about to be implementing one of these for work....

2. Understanding the Python GIL (David Beazley)... Given David's mindbending generators tutorial last year and his GIL presentation from ChiPy, I expect this talk to be rich in things I will be disturbed to have learned.

3. Powerful Pythonic Patterns (Alex Martelli) Alex's talk last year, Abstractions as Leverage, was curiously satisfying. He didn't present any facts I hadn't already heard or read, but his presentation made some new connections for me (in a "My God, it's full of stars!" way).

4. Threading is Not a Model (Joe Gregorio)... [and]

5. Turtles All The Way Down: Demystifying Deferreds, Decorators, and Declarations (Glyf Lefkowitz).

Tim also provides a list of another nine talks not to miss. Take a look at the schedule and the talks. What is it that you can't miss?

2009-12-22

PyCon 2010 Financial Aid Application Deadline 12/22/2009

A quick reminder that the deadline for submitting a financial aid application for PyCon 2010 is today! Please see http://us.pycon.org/2010/registration/financial-aid/ for details & instructions.

2009-12-18

PyCon 2010 Financial Aid Application Deadline Extended

The PyCon 2010 organizing committee has decided to extend the deadline for financial aid applications to December 22, 2009. If you or anyone you know is interested in attending but cannot afford it, we may be able to help. There are two financial aid funds available: the PSF Grant and the Financial Assistance Grant for Women.

PSF Grant
The PSF Grant is open to anyone and can help cover:

• registration for PyCon
• hotel room at the conference hotel
• flight or other transportation

Financial Assistance Grant for Women
The Financial Assistance Grant for Women is geared specifically toward helping women who are interested in using Python in their research, school work, careers or other avenues. It includes help with:
  • registration for PyCon
  • tutorials at PyCon
  • hotel room at the conference hotel
  • flight or other transportation
Please see http://us.pycon.org/2010/registration/financial-aid/ for details & instructions. The deadline for applications is December 22, 2009.

PyCon press release #1

World's Largest Python Conference Comes to Atlanta


ATLANTA - December 18, 2009

The Django Pony made her sparkly public debut. The infamous Beards of PyCon were captured on film. Guido van Rossum announced the beginning of his gradual retirement as Python's Benevolent Dictator for life - then kidnapped the Django Pony. Backseat language drivers were threatened with the terribl(y silly) fate of being Van Lindberg'd.

PyCon 2009 drew nearly a thousand Python programmers from around the world, representing projects on all seven continents - including Antarctica! They gathered for serious learning, discussion, and strategizing... and for not-so-serious fun. PyCon 2010, the eighth annual conference of the Python programming community, promises even more on all counts: more talks, more education, more creativity; more work and more play.

Interest in PyCon is growing along with the use of the Python language itself. This year alone has seen a 50% increase in the number of talk proposals submitted by community members, and the organizers have added an unprecedented fifth track to the conference schedule. The conference will include 95 regular talks and panels, covering everything from language basics to deep-space astronomy to robotic submarines. PyCon also offers 32 half-day tutorials, Open Space sessions, special keynotes, Lightning Talks, development sprints, an exhibit hall, and a hands-on lab - countless opportunities for attendees to learn. This year, PyCon also introduces poster sessions for detailed, personal examination of a variety of topics with subject matter experts.

Python's growth has been partially driven by an explosion in new implementations of the language. The IronPython and Jython implementations make Python a perfect tool for .NET and Java environments, respectively, gaining full-scale use of those platforms' existing capabilities and libraries while retaining Python's ease, elegance, and dynamism. Other implementations, like Stackless and Google's Unladen-Swallow, focus on improving Python execution speed. Finally, the Pynie and PyPy implementations bring Python programs to all-new experimental execution environments. All these implementations will be examined in several PyCon talks and in PyCon's Python Language Summit and Virtual Machine Summit.

PyCon 2010 will take place February 17 to 25 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference is organized and run by volunteer Python programmers; the users' perspective governs everything from talk selection to conference cost, making an exceptionally worthwhile conference. Registration is open now, and early-bird registration discounts apply through January 6.

About Python


Python is an open-source, dynamically typed, object-oriented programming language that can be used in nearly the entire range of technology applications. It offers an easy learning curve and access to a vast array of libraries. With implementations available for all common operating systems as well as the Java and .NET platforms, Python can be used on virtually any system in existence. Python's power and versatility have made it one of the world's most popular programming languages, currently ranked #7 in the TIOBE index. Like other open-source, dynamic languages, it offers rapid productivity and a vigorous developer community; at the same time, Python's clarity and reliability give confidence to enterprise users.

About PyCon


Presented by the Python Software Foundation and sponsored by Google, the world’s largest Python conference brings together a diverse group of developers, enthusiasts, and organizations to explore new challenges, launch new businesses and forge new connections within the Python community. PyCon provides attendees with the opportunity to delve into the dynamic programming language relied upon by institutions from MIT and NASA to Cisco and Walt Disney. PyCon helps people learn new tools and techniques, present their own projects, and meet other Python fans. Press passes to the conference are available for members of the press who would like to witness PyCon in person.

PyCon: http://us.pycon.org
Python language website: http://python.org
Python Software Foundation: http://www.python.org/psf/
TIOBE Index: http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/tiobe_index

See PyCon 2010 press releases at http://us.pycon.org/2010/about/press/

2009-12-12

PyCon 2010 Financial Assistance Grant for Women

Financial aid for PyCon 2010 has just gotten even better. Because of some very generous donations from the community, we are adding a second grant fund called the Financial Assistance Grant for Women. This fund is geared specifically toward helping women who are interested in using Python in their research, school work, careers or other avenues. It includes help with:
  • registration
  • tutorials
  • lodging
  • transportation
The existing Python Software Foundation Grant will continue to be funded at the same level and can provide assistance for:
  • registration
  • lodging
  • transportation
Please see http://us.pycon.org/2010/registration/financial-aid/ for details & instructions. The deadline for applications is December 18, 2009.

2009-12-01

PyCon 2010 Financial Aid Available

As the financial aid coordinator for PyCon 2010, I'm pleased to announce that the Python Software Foundation has created a fund to help people attend PyCon 2010. If you're interested in attending but cannot afford it, we may be able to help. Financial aid can help cover:

• Your registration for PyCon
• Your hotel room at the conference hotel
• Your flight or other transportation

Please see http://us.pycon.org/2010/registration/financial-aid/ for details & instructions. The deadline for applications is December 18, 2009.