Am 27.07.2010, 16:31 Uhr, schrieb Christian Theune <c...@gocept.com>:
> I'd like to see whether someone was at EuroPython and can report whether
> anything interesting for us, the Zope developers, happened.
I was there but I couldn't join in today's meeting as I was still
airborne. My BFG presentation seemed to go down pretty well and Zope/Plone
seemed to be pretty well represented, better than the current framework du
jour, Django. It was great to see Zopish stuff (ZCA and ZODB) presented
outside the web world and Matt Hamilton did a sterling job promoting the
Plone conference in Bristol in October.
I did my best to plug the upcoming Python (and Zope) conference in Dresden
in September but was a bit hampered at having to do this *without* any
visual support, although my Macbook had no trouble with the main projector
(seemed to crash lots of machines - my guess is that the VGA signal wasn't
properly damped), as I was able to announce it between lightning talks.
Only two slots for lightning talks but I really the one after lunch much
better than sticking them at the end of day.
Europython was as enjoyable as ever - I find the range of talks broader
than at PyCon - but as badly organised as ever. PyCon definitely has the
edge on that. John Pinner, et al didn't a fantastic job as ever but the
European and particularly British culture of "it'll be alright on the
night" was shown badly wanting and I suspect the catering was as poor as
last year - I went straight to the sandwich shop which had a shorter
queue. I say this as a Brit and someone who didn't volunteer for anything.
My Luddite heart was gladdened by the problems with the Wifi which meant
attendees were indeed occasionally attentive but I totally sympathise with
John Pinner who said that the wifi has continually declined since they
installed it three years ago and it did negatively affect one or two
presentations. Europython next year is due to be in Florence. I prefer the
May date but as far as I know no venue has yet been found. Will be great
especially for WAGS (leave the credit cards at home) if they get it
sorted! 2012 is still open but I'd put money on it being in Germany with
plans for a full Python conference in Germany in 2011 already being made.
On the positive side the beer at the Wellington was as good as last year
and it was great to see Guido van Rossum and Steve Holden encouraging
others to go for a post-conference pint! :-D
Highlights for me: Bruce Lawson's keynote and presentation in "earthy,
vernacular" Brum; Hannu Krosing's thoughts on different ways of getting
Python and Postgres to work together; and the Codility talk on testing
programmers which, predictably, drew interest from several German
developers keen on ways of weeding out those who just can't program very
well, with reasonable online tests. But with four to five tracks and a
schedule to 18:30 each day there is plenty I missed.
FWIW we've done a brewery tour as part of BeGeistert which was very
enjoyable and popular and I think there's a natural fit between Python
programmers and craftsmen.
Clark Consulting & Research
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