Thursday, August 19, 2010

Python training at Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai

Last Friday (13th August) I conducted a Python training at Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai (REC). I got the invitation few weeks back from Jayakumari, a faculty member of computer applications department. Initially we planned for 2 day workshop with hands on sessions. But later it changed to 1 day training program.

I started my journey from Bangalore on Thursday afternoon in a KSRTC bus. I reached in Poonamallee, Chennai around 9 pm. Two students - Gurubaran & his friend Rajaram was waiting for me. They got me into a bus going to Thandalam where the college is located. The campus looked very nice and it was very calm and quiet. They had arranged my stay in their hostel guest room. It was a very nice stay and the Tamil style dinner was very good. This was the second time I going to Chennai. Previously I came for US Visa interview at US consulate.

The training session started around 9.30 am. There was around 60 participants including some faculty members. The computer applications department head of department (HOD) Prof. T. Srinivasan also attended entire session. He told me afterwards that he will be coming to PyCON India which is going to happen in Bangalore next month. I also invited all the participants to PyCON India. I hope some of them will come to Bangalore for PyCON India. The program ended afternoon at 3 pm. The students asked many questions mainly comparing with C++. "How to do polymorphism ?", "Is there any virtual function?", "Does Python support multiple-inheritance?", "Is there any access specifiers like private,protected etc. ?" When they saw the simplicity of Python they were really surprised. I mentioned where and all Python is being used, different implementation of Python, how to continue studying Python. I tried to make comparison with C++ or Java whenever possible. I got many good feedback during and after the program.

After the training around 3.45 pm I went to Koyembedu to catch my bus. The bus was at 8.15 pm, so I had enough time. Another student, Arun accompanied me to help to get into bus. I told them that I can manage, but their hospitality nature didn't allowed to go alone. I did small shopping for my wife, son & his cousin at Skywalk mall near Koyembedu. It was a mistake that I started at 8.15, I reached in Bangalore very early morning around 3 am. I should have started around 11 pm so that I can reach comfortably in morning 6 or 7.

I was waiting for photos to write this blog, today I got it. I am adding few photos here:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

10 more days to submit talk for PyCON India

So, did you submitted your talk proposal for PyCON India 2010 ? You have 10 more days to do it. But why you need to wait till the last date? :) There are a good number of talks submitted already. Yes, I also submitted a talk proposal, this time about BlueBream. This is for the first time I am going to speak about BlueBream project. Last year, my talk was about Buildout.

Monday, June 14, 2010

PyCON India 2010 CFP

PyCON India is coming again ! Two days back official announcement about CFP was out. The conference will be hosted for the second time in Bangalore. Make sure you are submitting the talk proposal on time. Looking forward to see you all there.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Building a healthy community around FOSS project

Dear Lazyweb, I am looking for suggestions for building a healthy community around one of my FOSS project.  Recently I initiated re-launching of  Zope 3 project with a new name: BlueBream. You may know from my old posts that I am very interested in Zope 3 and Zope Component Architecture (ZCA).  I have written an entire book about  ZCA in 2006. You can read more about the new project in the BlueBream project blog.  I am looking for your suggestions.  You can send mail to me: baiju.m.mail AT or add comment here.

Well, I will continue with my past experience with FOSS. This is my second largest FOSS project, the first project which I started in 2001 (SMC) is still very active.  However, for the past few years, I am not active in that project. I still watch that project growing (of course, I help them whenever possible). There are more than 500 members in the group itself.  The developers regulary meet at various events.  They organize lots of workshops, camps etc. SMC might be the most active FOSS project from India. However, there are so many differences between SMC and BlueBream.  The scope of these projects is very different. SMC is an i18n,l10n and more over a "local language computing" project.  BlueBream is a Python web framework.

These days, I am thinking more about this project and its success.  I know, a FOSS project is not just some source code released. There should be active contributors, regular community activities, good documentation, presence in various events etc.  So, how to attract contributors to this project.  How to build a healthy successful community around this project.  At this point, I have taken the role of "self-assigned release manager".  I think that's a good way to lead this project. I am looking for your thoughts :)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Buildout recipe list is growing

Now there are more than 175 Buildout recipes available in PyPI ! Some of the recipes are updated in Buildout site. If you have some which is not listed there, please ping me or add a comment here. If you are adding a recipe to PyPI, please use the Framework :: Buildout trove classifier, so that it will be automatically listed in the PyPI list .

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A website for ZODB after 14 years

After 14 years, Zope community has created a website for ZODB!
I hope this will increase the adoption of ZODB along with the NOSQL trend. Congrats to Christian Thueni ( for working on the site.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

PyCon Asia Pacific 2010

First PyCon Asia Pacific 2010 is going to happen this year at Singapore. Deadline for Manuscript Submissions is on 1st February.

Friday, January 8, 2010

I apologize for sending linkedin invitation using my Gmail contacts

Oh. that was very disastrous. Today I send linkedin invitation using my Gmail contacts. I don't know where and all it went. Some went to bug trackers where there is email supported like Launchpad. Some went to my mailing lists I subscribed, some went to some people who send me mail occasionally. I am so sorry that it happened like that. I apologize for the inconvenience caused.