Python Software Foundation: Press Release 9-Mar-2005

March 9, 2005<br> Press Release<br> SOURCE: Python Software Foundation

<p> <b>PYCON 2005 - KEYNOTE SPEECH FROM GOOGLE INSIDER</b><br> <i>Keynote Speech by Greg Stein Provides Glimpse at Google's Use of Python</i>

<p> <i>Washington, DC, March 9, 2005</i> -- The organizers of PyCon 2005 have announced that Greg Stein, an engineering manager at Google working with the Blogger team, will be giving a keynote presentation on Google's use of Python for internal projects. Mr. Stein's keynote is scheduled for Friday, March 25, at 9:30 AM.

<p> PyCon 2005, the third annual Python developers' conference, will be held at George Washington University's Cafritz Conference Center in Washington DC on March 23-25, 2005. PyCon is a community-oriented conference targeting developers interested in Python, a powerful open source programming language. The conference program will include peer-reviewed presentations, impromptu talks, meetings for planning future development, and two other keynote speakers:

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<li> Guido van Rossum, creator of Python, will discuss plans for future
Python development.
<li> Jim Hugunin, author of IronPython, will discuss its current
status. IronPython is a new implementation of the Python programming language for the Microsoft .NET and open-source Mono platforms.

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<p> PyCon 2005 is organized by members of the Python community, and made possible by the Python Software Foundation and conference sponsors. This year's sponsors include White Oak Technologies Inc., ActiveState, the Open Source Applications Foundation, and Google. Pre-registration for PyCon 2005 costs $250 ($175 for students) until March 19th, and $300 ($225 for students) at the door. For more information or to register, please visit the PyCon 2005 website: <a href="http://www.python.org/pycon/2005/">www.python.org/pycon/2005</a>.

<h2>About Greg Stein</h2>

<p> Greg Stein is an engineering manager at Google, working with the Blogger team.

<p>Prior to that, Greg was a director of engineering at CollabNet where he managed the Subversion project and releases of their CollabNet Enterprise Edition product. He also worked at Microsoft as a Development Manager, in the Commerce Server and Site Server groups. Greg was a co-founder and the Corporate Technologist of eShop, one of the first electronic commerce software companies, before its acquisition by Microsoft.

<p> In Greg's spare time, he works on many open source projects, such as Subversion, WebDAV, and Python. He also works on Apache projects and is the current Chairman of the Apache Software Foundation.

<h2>About Python</h2>

<p>Python is a powerful object-oriented programming language that is developed and maintained by a global community of open source developers under the oversight of the Python Software Foundation.

<p> Python is very easy to learn for programmers familiar with other languages such as C, C++, Java, and Visual Basic, and can significantly increase programmer productivity. It is often characterized as an agile language that promotes speedy development. Python is often used in large system development to decrease software costs, mitigate risk, and meet aggressive schedules. The language is the basis of applications used by tens of thousands of companies and organizations worldwide, and its user base is growing rapidly.

<p> Additional information and downloads are available at <a href="http://www.python.org">www.python.org</a>.

<h2>About the Python Software Foundation</h2>

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The Python Software Foundation (PSF) is a non-profit organization devoted to advancing Open Source technology related to the Python programming language. The PSF holds the intellectual property rights to Python and plans to fund portions of future development of the language. Additional information on the PSF is available at <a href="http://www.python.org/psf/">www.python.org/psf</a>. To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit <a href="http://www.python.org/psf/donations/">www.python.org/psf/donations/</a>. Corporate sponsorships are also being accepted.

<h2>Press Contact</h2>

<p> Stephan Deibel <br> 617-232-0059 <br> sdeibel@wingware.com

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