Greetings. As the co-chair for the upcoming Python conference, being held in Dallas (Addison) Texas, I want to remind folk to register before early bird registration prices end.

The event is the fifth international Python Conference, being held Feb 23-25, 2007 at the Marriott-Quorum in Addison Texas, with early-bird registration ending **Jan 15**.


The conference draws approximately 400-500 attendees from diverse backgrounds such as scientists from national and medical labs, college/K-12 educators, web engineers and the myriad of IT developers and programming hobbyists. Those new to the Python language are welcome, and we're offering a half-day "Python 101" tutorial on the day before the conference, Thursday Feb 22 to help you get up to speed and better enjoy the rest of the conference.

We have a great selection of talks this year, some of which that are relevant to Zope are:

  - Web Frameworks Panel
  - Introduction to Zope 3 - The Component Architecture
  - Panel: State of Zope
  - WSGI: An Introduction
  - Using Python Eggs
  - Distributing your project with Python Eggs
  - Half-Day Tutorial: zc.buildout and the Zope Component Architecture
  - Half-Day Tutorial: How to Document a Python Open Source Project

Being run by the Python community as a non-profit event, the conference strives to be inexpensive, with registration being only $260 (or $195 if you register prior to Jan 15th), with a further discount for students. On the day before the conference we are running a full day of classroom tutorials (extra charge per class) and then after the conference is a free four-days of sprints, which are informal gatherings of programmers to work together in coding on various projects. Sprints are excellent opportunities to do agile pair-programming side-by-side with experienced programmers and make new friends.

Other activities are lightning talks, which are 5-minute presentations to show off a cool technology or spread the word about a project, open space talks, which are spontaneous gatherings around a topic and, new this year, a Python Lab where experienced and novice programmers will work together to solve challenging problems and then present their solutions.

The conference is also running four keynote talks by leaders in the programming field, with a special focus on education this year:

  "The Power of Dangerous Ideas: Python and One Laptop per Child"
     by Ivan Krstic, senior member of the One Laptop per Child project

  "Premise: eLearning does not Belong in Public Schools"
     by Adele Goldberg, of SmallTalk fame

  "Python 3000"
     by Guido van Rossum, creator of Python

  "The Importance of Programming Literacy"
     by Robert M. "r0ml" Lefkowitz, a frequent speaker at O'Reilly conferences

I believe you will find the conference educational and enjoyable. More information about the conference along with the full schedule of presentations with abstracts, is available online:

  http://us.pycon.org/

Thanks for any help you can give in spreading the word,

Jeff Rush
Co-Chair PyCon 2007
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