PyCon - Day 2

So much for writing about day 2 at the end of day 2. This is my heavily abridged, well after the fact recap of Day 2 of Pycon.

Guido's Keynote Everyone who cares about this stuff will already know about what he said, I think. The main point being that he is not "retiring", but he is "tiring". Some people thought the keynote was a downer, but I'm totally happy with Python being at that stage where he can hand it over to the next crowd of excited, brilliant people.

The State of Django by Jacob Kaplan-Moss (pycon link)
Jacob first talk of the conference (as far as I know). It was a recap of all the awesome things that have happened to Django over the past year. The main thing I took away from this was that there will probably be a DjangoCon in September in Portland. I don't think I can get the company to cover any of my costs, but I still want to try and go. The other thing that I thought was noteworthy was that they're aiming to have Django running in Python 3.x by the next PyCon (although it probably still won't be the recommended way to run it).

Pinax by James Tauber (pycon link)
This was similar to the State of Django talk. James described the philosophy behind Pinax, and why he feels that reusable tools like this are important. I haven't used Pinax yet personally, but after hearing more about it and more about where they want to take it, I felt more inclined to investigate it in the future.

The ORM Panel Moderator: Alex Gaynor, Panelists: Guido van Rossum, Ian Bicking, Jacob Kaplan-Moss, Dr. Massimo Di Pierro, Michael Bayer (pycon link)
We had less fireworks here than I had hoped. I have opinions about SQLAlchemy and the Django ORM because I've used them. I don't have opinions about Big Table or SQLObject or web2py because I haven't used them. In the end I think I'm just going to keep all my opinions to myself because I'm just not smart or informed enough to weigh in on any of it. Django has been good enough for most of my needs, and I'm lazy enough that I'm prepared to give up on those extra needs so I can stick with the one I know.

Afternoon Haze (not in schedule)
After the ORM talk I skipped a few sessions and hung out in the open space area. I must not have done anything very memorable. In fact, I think that must definitively be true.

Topics of Interest by Ian Bicking (pycon link)
Ian is a Python celebrity. Or so I'm told. I don't think I'm able to retain more than twenty human names in my head at a time, and his hasn't stuck. it was a neat talk. He ran a little IRC window on the projector so the crowd could entertain themselves with a rich, thick stream of user generated "content". I don't know if there's anything to be said about the talk itself. Anyone reading this probably knows more about this guy's career than i do. Basically he's one of the geniuses of Python and he's been contributing cool things to the community for a while.

Evening Lightning Talks
The highlight for me were a talk about different solutions for parsing Excel files (because I'm thinking of trying to do some of that to solve a problem). The rest is lost to history for me because I don't remember and I'm too lazy to review the video on

BONUS: Day 3 Lightning Recap

  • Django Design Decisions was really cool.
  • The little bitty bit of Django Sprinting that I got to do was really cool.