pycon notes

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Steve Holden (chair of many pycons and the PSF) has always wanted to learn twisted. He’s an experienced trainer, but in this session the roles are reversed. Holden’s the learner, but he’s still standing at the front with his computer display on the projector. Many gurus from the twisted community are here, but there are also many neophytes—me included—who are all watching and participating while the community is teaching him. Implicitly, Holden is also teaching them how to teach effectively… i.e. not boil the ocean in the examples and over complicate things.

very good talk including guy from revolver and a bunch of Microsoft guys and Mark Hammond who’s the brains behind all the win32com features.

Open spaces

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so far had I’ve had no chance to check out open spaces due to the full presentations schedule.

open spaces needs a web presence so that people can check them out from–you guessed it—their ever present surgically attached laptop. Having to go down to the lower level to check out the analog post-it-notes-board

I found myself sitting next to a couple of guys from Microsoft who work in the dynamic languages group. I was able to find a bunch of stuff out about Iron Python: particularly ASP.NET futures.

Lightning talks

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very cool.

Anyone who wants can give a talk (have to sign up beforehand). Talk is <= 5 minutes. There are two podiums, one done the active presentation and the other setting up for the next talk. Most have slides. MC controls introduces speakers and enforces the rules rigidly. Sound/tech guys do a good job managing the switching process.

Also works because the audience are the type of people who are interested in ‘content above all’ and are quite willing to accept presentation glitches and nervy/geek personas.

There’s no limit to the number of talks, they just go on until everyone has had enough…. i.e. people vote with their feet.

Right now there are at least 500 people listening.

The standard of presentations has improved a lot—I’ve been in the biggest ballroom for the last few presentations… I detect a correlation. These guys are much more articulate, focused and generally able to apply two of the things the English language is most optimized for… concision and lucidity.

Python for .NET

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Missed the Python for .NET talk … looks interesting. All about using CPython to access .NET (not the same as IronPython which is Python running ON .NET)

Very good talk. Showing browser driven apps… using the server as an API and using Dojo which is very small and very powerful.

triton – mozy

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Very good talk by Jonathan Ellis