|Jeremy Hylton : weblog : 2004-02-21|
Saturday, February 21, 2004
The PyCon schedule and list of talks are both online. It may be the strongest program ever for a Python conference.
There is a great collection of interesting topics: implementation talks including Jim Hugunin on IronPython and talks on type inference, PyPy, and Spy; applications like VoIP, kitchen design, and spam filtering; and a full session on Pyrex by Paul Prescod. There's one session on Zope and two others on Web programming; there are fewer Twisted talks, but the two scheduled ones look good.
It's great to see an informal, low-cost conference attracting so many good presentations. I was a little surprised that there were so few Zope talks. There were a lot of Zope talks at EuroPython; maybe Zope users and developers are more likely to be there.
The PyCon sprints are going to be a bigger part of PyCon this year. We had four small, two-day sprints last year. There are more sprints this year and many more sprints -- 75 people registered at last count. There's lots of Zope here -- Zope 3, Zope 2, and Plone -- and Chandler, Twisted, reStrucutedText, and a generic Python core and sundry topics sprint. With luck, there will also be one on Mailman or the email package. Neal Norwitz and I are hoping to polish off the new AST compiler by then.