Tuesday, July 28, 2009

PyCon 2010

PyCon 2010 is going to be in Atlanta. I'm psyched about it coming back to the east coast - no flying for me next year, hooray.

It's been several years since I gave a talk at PyCon. I think it's about time I did that again. One problem I have, though, is that most things I think I'm qualified to talk about are pretty boring. Who really cares about how to use Twisted's HTTP client? Or about how to balance load across a cluster? It's just some library calls.

But I'm going to talk about something, and since I won't be the one listening to the talk, I figure I shouldn't be the one to decide if it's interesting or not. What do you, the PyCon going public, want to hear about? And if you're not sure if you want to go to PyCon next year, what talk would help you make up your mind to go?

13 comments:

  1. "Why Divmod failed"

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  2. Before I can think about the topic of a talk, there's a thing here that's confusing me: you know that Atlanta is more distant from Boston than Chicago is, right? How does that mean no flying? Do you have a movement bonus on Atlantic ocean tiles or something?

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  3. Heh heh heh :)

    Almost - I have a movement bonus on tiles adjacent to Atlantic ocean tiles. +6 amulet of Amtrak. It's a long trip, but one quite a bit more pleasant than one involving a plane.

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  4. There's always the "how twisted is developed" sort of talk, UQDS and all that.

    You'd probably find interest in a more advanced tutorial on Twisted, too.

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  5. There actually was an Amtrak from Boston to Chicago.

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  6. This does sound good. My other thought was just something I've noticed from the last couple PyCons, but the Twisted guys seem to have done better, especially the last year, with being less smug about having done things "right" and tried to work with other communities. My thought was "How Twisted Has Helped Others In The Python Community" and follow up with a how can we help new projects or further help our current projects we're helping Q&A/BoF/whatever.

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  7. I'd personally have to recommend against this. It's a long, depressing, complicated story, with parts that we wouldn't be able to tell in public, and no satisfying ending. Not with a bang but a whimper, and all that. (We just ran out of money; our servers didn't catch fire and explode.) It really doesn't have anything to do with Python. Python was a reason that Divmod might have succeeded - other factors were responsible for its failure.

    And who says it failed, anyway? Divmod, Inc., ended, and its investors (yours truly included) lost some money. But we produced a big pile of open source software, radically improved the functionality and reliability of Twisted, and generally produced a bunch of stuff which will hopefully have a legacy for years to come. I need to do a blog post along these lines, but I already have such a backlog right now :).

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  8. No Accela though, right? Only a slow and infrequent train? Or could I have saved my plane fare?

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  9. This does sound like an interesting presentation. I'd even split it down the middle to allow for a long Q&A period, to encourage lots of audience participation.

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  10. looked to be 24 hours each way. I'm going to miss being able to drive to PyCon when it was in Chicago.

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  11. Hmm. yeah, 24 hours is pushing it.

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  12. If someone does it, you should split the work with Andrew and he can tour it in the southern hemisphere conferences. It's also the kind of talk he'd be good for and there's a bunch of AU/NZ venues.

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  13. +1

    There is a cultural gap between developers of high level language of communities of admin communities dealing with network and load balancer, far closer to the wire. Such a presentation would certainly help bridge that gap.

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