Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Few moments from PyCON India 2009

These photos are taken by my colleague Ponnusamy.  Thanks to Ponnusamy for allowing me share these photos.
















Sunday, September 27, 2009

PyCON India 2009 (Day 1)

I just reached home from IISc where PyCON India 2009 is going on.  It was a wonderful day.  There was attendees from all over India, I met people from Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kerala etc.  It looks like more 300 people came today (I don't know the exact number).  The session was started with the keynote by Prabhu Ramachandran.   I couldn't attend his full keynote, because my Buildout talk was the next, which was scheduled in the second room.

I got some feedback about my talk, if you have any comment, please write here!  Those who using Python, only very few use Buildout now.  I think Buildout should have some more love & marketing to attract developers.   After my talk, I attended few other talks.  I also got a chance to walk in the beautiful campus during lunch time with my new colleagues (trainees) in ZeOmega.  They are very new Python, I hope they are enjoying the sessions.

I liked the talk "Test Driven Development in Python" by Siddharta Govindaraj.  He gave very nice overview of TDD with a simple "palindrome" checking program.  He also provided good overview & comparison of unittest,py.test & nose.

I think Django is helping to spread Python in India also.  I felt the same thing at Chicago during PyCON 2009.  I could see many people talking, discussing or mentioning about Django everywhere.  I also mentioned about Django & Django recipe during my Buildout talk :)

I also met some of my SMC friends during the event.  They are worried about the changes going on in Unicode related to Malayalam.  Some developers really frustrated and stopped contributing to Malayalam computing.  Also they are not happy about GNOME moving from GNU Libc locale data to Unicode locale data.  SMC has achieved a lot of things so far, to get some idea about their work, there will be 10+ Malayalam related packages in the next Fedora release.  GNOME & KDE now officially support Malayalam from last few releases.  BTW, tomorrow Santhosh Thottingal, one of the main contributor to SMC will be presenting about Silpa, a Python based application for all Indian languages.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

10 more days to PyCON India 2009

The first PyCON India is 10 days away.  The talk schedule is already out.  The statistics of PyCON India is very interesting. It looks like, so far 555 delegates are already registered.  People can come without registration also, they have some spot registration (fee is just Rs. 300/-)

Mayavi fame Prabhu Ramachandran is giving the keynote talk.  And there are many other interesting talks.  I have one talk about Buildout. More than all these, this is a great opportunity for Python programmers to meet.  I hope PyCON India will become a great success.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Python workshop at NIT Calicut

I just reached in Bangalore after conducting a two day Python workshop at NIT Calicut .
I was very excited to return to my college again.  Students from almost all departments
attended the workshop.  There was more than 50 participants. The program was organized
by FOSSCell@NITC . Thanks to FOSS Cell @ NITC team & NITC for inviting me
to conduct this workshop. Here are few photos:

The beginning
1. The beginning


2. Hmm... what is this Python ?!


3. Okay..so printing "Hello World" is just one line !


4. Time to learn more...


5. Oh. we can do all these things in Python !


6. Any questions ?


7. Beginning of second day.


8. Errors should never pass silently.