Saturday, May 31, 2014

PyCon India 2014 received 143 proposals

Yesterday was the last date for submitting proposals. Now we have 143 proposals, which includes workshops and regular talks. Now it's time for voting and commenting. Everyone can participate in this process. You are welcome to provide feedback to the speakers about their proposals. Your feedback through comments will help the speakers to improve the proposal. I think it will be a challenging task for the selection committee to come up with a final list of talks.

I have proposed two talks, but I prefer to present the second one - about pytest. Pytest is my favourite testing tool. Please let me know your suggestions about this talk.

Friday, May 23, 2014

PyCon India 2014 proposal submission deadline

PyCon India 2014 Call for Proposal deadline is approaching. Now there are 90+ proposals in the funnel.

If you haven't proposed any talk yet, this is the time! Since we have 90+ proposals, chance for extending date of deadline is less. So, hurry!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Some thoughts on Python 3 adoption

IMHO, every Python community member should try to promote Python 3. I know there are criticisms about Python 3 -- whatever it is, "Python 3 is the present and future of the language". Constructive criticisms should be welcomed and that should lead to better Python 3.x releases.

As a community member what we can do to promote Python 3 ? I am looking forward to your thoughts on this.  Please write your comments here or you can write it in your blog and leave a link here.

Before giving any new suggestions, let me check what are the small things that I have tried.

In the beginning of 2011, I have created a website with the help of other community members to increase the adoption of Python 3 by collecting issues in a central location.  That idea didn't worked well, then I dropped that project. I have given a lightning talk about that project during PyCon 2011 in Atlanta.

I have tried to use Python 3 for my personal projects and written blogs about my experience.

I used Python 3.4 in my Selenium documentation.  In fact this actually reduced the number of steps to install Selenium.

I have always given an up-vote in Python sub-reddit for the posts related to Python 3.

Whenever I conduct a workshop or training on Python 2, I tried to point out how the same works in Python 3.

Well, these are the few things that I could recollect now.  I am sure, there will be many other things which is going to help the adoption of Python 3. For example,  this could be one good idea: Encourage Python 3 related talks, workshops etc. in all PyCon conferences and other regional Python related conferences.

Looking forward to your ideas to promote Python 3 and increase the adoption!