21 April 2014

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By Graham Dumpleton of New Relic 18 days ago.
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Once you've spent the first couple days at PyCon expanding your knowledge, you'll likely be ready to let loose a little. The New Relic After Party is a perfect place for that. We'll be serving drinks, desserts and more, so come out and mingle on April 11 th at 7pm at L 'Auberge Saint Gabriel (details below).

New Relic has been sponsoring and hosting workshops at PyCon for the last couple years, and we're never disappointed by the great activities and …

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By Sara of Heroku 4 months ago.
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According to Jacob, PyCon adopted a code of conduct in 2011. Back then, women made up about 1-2% of attendees, whereas the 2013 event included approximately 20% women. Although the code of conduct policy isn 't 100% responsible for the increase in participation by women, Jacob says it's a vital part in making community events safer for all attendees.

With his PyCon experience in mind, Jacob was eager to help Heroku adopt a code of conduct policy. " Heroku supports …

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By Shannon Behrens of JJinuxLand 9 months ago.
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I'm slowly making my way through the PyCon videos on pyvideo.org , and one of them that I particularly liked was Alex Martelli's "Good enough" is good enough!

He made a statement that really hit home for me. He said that we should use "perfect" as a verb, not as an adjective. That is, we should always be striving to perfect our software, without ever hoping or expecting that it will ever be perfect.

I think that's a really good message, …

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Python? Ruby? Go? Oh My!

Brett Wilkins http://2013.pycon-au.org/schedule/30007/view_talk Brett covers the things that excite him about each of Python, Ruby and Go. He covers some of cool stuff he's seen lately, some of the lessons learned from different ecosystems, and more specifically where he thinks Python could improve, or what it excels at. PyCon Australia is the national conference for users of the Python Programming Language. In July 2013, we're returning to Hobart, bringing together students, enthusiasts, and pr

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Python? Ruby? Go? Oh My!

Brett Wilkins http://2013.pycon-au.org/schedule/30007/view_talk Brett covers the things that excite him about each of Python, Ruby and Go. He covers some of cool stuff he's seen lately, some of the lessons learned from different ecosystems, and more specifically where he thinks Python could improve, or what it excels at. PyCon Australia is the national conference for users of the Python Programming Language. In July 2013, we're returning to Hobart, bringing together students, enthusiasts, and pr

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By Darin Swanson of New Relic 11 months ago.
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…biggest new feature for Python, X-Ray Sessions, rolled out just after PyCon. To get the next level of performance insight, simply run an X-Ray Session on a Key Transaction . Immediately the agent will begin to collect up to 100 Transaction Traces and a thread profiler report that aggregates across all your hosts. The X-Ray Session will show you the performance of that Key Transaction at the most detailed level possible. You can leave it running in the background and be confident …

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By Shannon Behrens of JJinuxLand 12 months ago.
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In his keynote at PyCon, Eben Upton, the Executive Director of the Rasberry Pi Foundation, mentioned that not only has Minecraft been ported to the Rasberry Pi, but you can even control it with Python . Since four of my kids are avid Minecraft fans, I figured this might be a good time to teach them to program using Python. So I started yesterday with the goal of programming something cool for Minecraft and then showing it off at the San Francisco Python Meetup in the evening.

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By Richard of Heroku 1 year ago.
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…Perhaps they will come from programs like Let's Learn Python at this years PyCon or through intensive focus courses like those offered by gSchool , or perhaps from general education courses. Wherever the next generation of programmers comes from, we want to set them up to succeed.

Heroku has always had a free tier which is perfect for prototyping and learning. Putting the right tools in a student's hands can empower them to succeed. If you are picking …

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By Lynn Root of DevChix over 1 year ago.
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Taken from Brainstorming: Writing a PyCon Proposal . While this post is for PyCon, the US-based conference for Python developers, users, educators, and everyone with an interest in Python, this advice can apply to any language-centric conferences , even the topic suggestions themselves.

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Hey you! Ever thought about submitting a proposal?

What? oh no, no no no.

Why not?

What would I talk about? I have nothing to say!

So how about this:

Tell me what talks you …

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By Jonathan Ellis of Spyced 2 years ago.
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I just got back from PyCon, and as with all conferences where the talks are delivered by engineers instead of professional speakers, we had a mixed bag. Some talks were great; others made me get my laptop out .

The most important important axiom is: a talk is not just an essay without random access. It's a different medium. Respect its strengths instead of wishing it were something it's not.

Here are some concrete principles that can help:

Don't read your slides

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