PyCon 2008 - Day Zero

Today was the Python tutorial day. Given that I haven't spent a lot of time reading or writing Python code I thought it would be a good idea to attend some of these tutorials. Since they kicked off at 9am it was a bit of a challenge making it on time. My Southwest flight from Philly last night arrived late, and then I had a big trip around to the other side of Chicago. If you need to attend a conference near O'Hare, try to fly into that airport. All I wanted to do was to lie in bed for a few more hours :)

When I made my tutorial selections I was hoping to attend a Python for Java Developers session. This would have been useful given my experience with C# but it seems that I was in the minority and it was cancelled. I switched to the Django session but I think I may have been better attending the session on per­for­mance op­ti­mi­sa­tion.

Reg­is­tra­tion wasn't too busy today since the main conference crew won't arrive till Friday. I got a PyCon bag and some flyers but the T-Shirts weren't ready. Apparently they'll be available tomorrow, I'd hate to miss out on one!

Python 101 Tutorial (Steve Holden)

It turns out that Steve was another British ex-pat living here in the US. It gets weirder in that he lectured at Manchester University for a number of years. Given Steve's position in the community I expected a sharp in­tro­duc­tion to Python. It didn't disappoint and I picked up a fair bit. The 'slice' mechanism looks really useful, I wonder if it can be im­ple­ment­ed with any of the new C# features?

Getting Started with Django (Jacob Kaplan-Moss)

I was expecting this session to be a little more exciting. Jacob has some fine ideas about how Python frameworks should be built but his pre­sen­ta­tion style is not as striking as DHH. Since this was an in­tro­duc­to­ry session I can't complain too much but I really want to hear some more about Django deployment and debugging over the next few days.

Internet Pro­gram­ming with Python (Wesley Chun)

At this point I was pretty exhausted. This tutorial seemed to be geared toward newbies to network pro­gram­ming, rather than a best practice session on leveraging Python for internet pro­gram­ming.

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