Wednesday, February 17, 2010

PyCon Rehearsals

This month at the PyGTA meeting, Leigh Honeywell and Mike Fletcher each had rehearsals for their PyCon presentations. Leigh talked about her experience teaching Python to diverse users at hacklab. Mike discussed how PyGTA keeps things fun.

Hacklab is primarily a hardware hacking group that happens to use Python as its standard programming language. Leigh setup a weekly session to teach Python to the hacklab. Leigh shared some of successes and failures of running these sessions.

PyGTA isn't like most user groups. The topics are sometimes a little of the wall but we always have fun. Mike's talk reminds us that most Python development depends unpaid volunteers who only do it because they enjoy it. If you take the fun out of it, the best you can hope for is a dull, incompatible rewrite of the core language. That's a sign people are not having fun.

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