Post Conference SummaryNew: This year's Developers' Day was quite productive, and I learned (at least) two things. First, that the break-out sessions worked very well, and that 90 minutes is about the minimum that can be spent on any topic. Here are the session summaries provided by the topic champions. See below for the pre-conference information on Developers' Day. -Barry
Developers' Day - 7th International Python Conference
Friday November 13th, the final day of the Seventh International Python Conference is Developers' Day, where the Python community will have the opportunity to discuss the future of Python, and help to debate, attack, and resolve outstanding issues. Developers' Day allows the Python community the once-a-year chance to personally interact with Python's creator Guido van Rossum and other developers.
Current Position PapersHere's a list of topic position papers:
ScheduleLast year's Developers' Day (at IPC6 in San Jose) was a big success, but if there was one common complaint it was that we tried to cover too much in too short an amount of time (can't fault us for trying). Unfortunately, Developers' Day at IPC7 will also be limited to one day, so we're going to try something a little different.
This year we are going to have break-out groups in the middle of the day. That way, concentrated focus can be spent on each of the topics, and hopefully people can attend the break-out group that interests them the most. There will be a plenary session in the morning and afternoon. This is a change from the previously published format!
Note: these times have changed from what was previously published!
Working group breakoutsIn both the 10:30 - 12:00 slot, and the 1:30 - 3:00 slot, we are going to break the main group into two tracks, the Language Design track and the Extensions track. Each track will be their own room. In the afternoon slot, David's and Roger's sessions will be 45 minutes each, approximately. This schedule need not be set in stone. Part of the fun of Developers' Day (for me at least) is in going with the flow!
Breaks and Meals
Breakfast, breaks and lunch will be catered.
ChampionsOnce again we have specific topic champions for each session. Champions have three important duties:
Everyone else is welcome to bring transparencies for material they'd like to present. Developers' Day is intended to be interactive.
Come and participate!
Finally, be prepared for deep and impromptu discussions cropping up any time and at any place. Such spontaneous chatfests can occur at many favorite Python nesting areas. Beer joints, pool halls, and ice cream shops are known to attract snakes, Aussies, and tall Dutch guys. Purple!
Barry Warsaw, Developers' Day chair