Saturday, March 12, 2011

PyCon Detritus

PyCon proper is over and sprints have begun.

Language Summit

The Summit was boring again this year, and this is good. The language moratorium is over so PEP 380 ("yield from") is moving forward. The stdlib will get its own repository so it can be shared between CPython/Jython/IronPython/PyPy. Likewise all the commiters from the not-CPython projects will have commit privs to CPython (most already do).

My Talk

Useful Namespaces: Decorators and Context Managers went over well: video available here and here's the live Convore thread from the talk.

Every year I say I'm not going to do another talk, but it is years like this that make it worthwhile. Dozens of people I don't know have offered me thanks, jobs, free beer, and ZJs. There is no worse feeling than spending 40 hours on something and having it be less than good. I'm a happy camper.

The first question was asked by Larry Hastings ; it's become an inside joke because Larry has asked the first question at ALL my past PyCon talks (having a confederate to break the ice on questions is handy). I zinged him a bit in my response ("thank you for pointing that out, and may I point out it's just an example slide"); apparently most people thought I was razzing a random questioner even though I was addressing him by name.

Another questioner objected to my use of a module named "UnicodeNazi" because it isn't nice to talk about Nazis even (or especially) jokingly. I restated his objection and said he should take it up with the module's maintainer. That maintainer is Austrian, natch.

The room was pretty full. Not going out the night before definitely helped my delivery. There were some A/V problems at the start (lots of those this year) so I rushed the last few slides. Better that than running short though.

Other People's Talks

So far, so good. Yesterday my talk was in the afternoon so I spent all day preparing and didn't make any talks. Today I went to three: Alex Gaynor's "Python's Data Structures," Larry Hasting's "The Python That Wasn't," and Richard Saunder's "Everything You Wanted to Know About Pickling..." Most of my time was consumed by the Hallway track.


The hotel has banned alcohol (or at least implied a ban) in public spaces that is not purchased from the hotel. I don't know if this is because of money or just because they want fewer drunks walking around. Annoying either way.


A woman came up to me and said that something I told her last year had stuck with her. Last year she was sitting at a table with myself and another core dev, and holding her own when discussing eldrich corners of Python. The topic turned to contributing to open source and she had a list of reasons she felt she couldn't contribute, none of them very good. The good news is that she sprinted remotely last year, is sprinting in person this year, and has contributed code to projects over the past year. Oh, and the thing I said that stuck with her? "Suck it up, princess." So I have struck a blow both for and against diversity. [FYI, I don't remember saying that but it is the kind of thing I might say after a few beers]


jafo said...

"Suck it up, Princess!" Always good advice!


Larry Hastings said...

I'd be happy to try and make this tradition more obvious ("It's time for the yearly question, Jack"). The problem this year was that I didn't notice any errors! Please include some mistakes in next year's talk so I have something more credible to ask about.

See you next year!

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