Saturday, November 28, 2009

FOSS.IN/2009 3 more days to go!

My talk about Buildout got accepted for FOSS.IN/2009 . Hope to meet more Pythonistas there. This time the event is happening very near to my house in Bangalore :) My first FOSS.IN was in 2007, I remember going to IISc every day morning by catching two buses from Banasankari to Majestic then from there to Malleswaram 18th cross.

BTW, I felt every news appearing in foss.in site has something to scare speakers,delegates or workouts, I mean so many negative wordings :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

3rd wedding anniversary

Today is my wedding anniversary :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Congrats Noufal for PSF award!

Noufal Ibrahim, the main organizer or PyCON India 2009 received Python Software Foundation's Community Service award along with Barry Warsaw (Creator of Mailman). My hearty congratulation to Noufal Ibrahim and Barry Warsaw.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Zope 2.12 & zope2.zope.org

Today Andreas Jung, release manager of Zope 2, announced Zope 2.12 release. Also he announced new Zope 2 website. This is not just yet another release, there are many interesting things.  It looks like Zope 2 is trying to become a good citizen in Python web framweorks, whatever that means.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Few moments from PyCON India 2009

These photos are taken by my colleague Ponnusamy.  Thanks to Ponnusamy for allowing me share these photos.
















Sunday, September 27, 2009

PyCON India 2009 (Day 1)

I just reached home from IISc where PyCON India 2009 is going on.  It was a wonderful day.  There was attendees from all over India, I met people from Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kerala etc.  It looks like more 300 people came today (I don't know the exact number).  The session was started with the keynote by Prabhu Ramachandran.   I couldn't attend his full keynote, because my Buildout talk was the next, which was scheduled in the second room.

I got some feedback about my talk, if you have any comment, please write here!  Those who using Python, only very few use Buildout now.  I think Buildout should have some more love & marketing to attract developers.   After my talk, I attended few other talks.  I also got a chance to walk in the beautiful campus during lunch time with my new colleagues (trainees) in ZeOmega.  They are very new Python, I hope they are enjoying the sessions.

I liked the talk "Test Driven Development in Python" by Siddharta Govindaraj.  He gave very nice overview of TDD with a simple "palindrome" checking program.  He also provided good overview & comparison of unittest,py.test & nose.

I think Django is helping to spread Python in India also.  I felt the same thing at Chicago during PyCON 2009.  I could see many people talking, discussing or mentioning about Django everywhere.  I also mentioned about Django & Django recipe during my Buildout talk :)

I also met some of my SMC friends during the event.  They are worried about the changes going on in Unicode related to Malayalam.  Some developers really frustrated and stopped contributing to Malayalam computing.  Also they are not happy about GNOME moving from GNU Libc locale data to Unicode locale data.  SMC has achieved a lot of things so far, to get some idea about their work, there will be 10+ Malayalam related packages in the next Fedora release.  GNOME & KDE now officially support Malayalam from last few releases.  BTW, tomorrow Santhosh Thottingal, one of the main contributor to SMC will be presenting about Silpa, a Python based application for all Indian languages.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

10 more days to PyCON India 2009

The first PyCON India is 10 days away.  The talk schedule is already out.  The statistics of PyCON India is very interesting. It looks like, so far 555 delegates are already registered.  People can come without registration also, they have some spot registration (fee is just Rs. 300/-)

Mayavi fame Prabhu Ramachandran is giving the keynote talk.  And there are many other interesting talks.  I have one talk about Buildout. More than all these, this is a great opportunity for Python programmers to meet.  I hope PyCON India will become a great success.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Python workshop at NIT Calicut

I just reached in Bangalore after conducting a two day Python workshop at NIT Calicut .
I was very excited to return to my college again.  Students from almost all departments
attended the workshop.  There was more than 50 participants. The program was organized
by FOSSCell@NITC . Thanks to FOSS Cell @ NITC team & NITC for inviting me
to conduct this workshop. Here are few photos:

The beginning
1. The beginning


2. Hmm... what is this Python ?!


3. Okay..so printing "Hello World" is just one line !


4. Time to learn more...


5. Oh. we can do all these things in Python !


6. Any questions ?


7. Beginning of second day.


8. Errors should never pass silently.

Monday, August 3, 2009

PyCON India 2009 is coming up !

Python community in India is organizing PyCON India 2009.
This year PyCON India will be conducted in Bangalore.
Next year it will be in some other city.

Website: http://in.pycon.org/2009/
Blog post: http://pycon.blogspot.com/2009/07/pycon-india-2009.html
BangPypers wiki: http://wiki.python.org/moin/BangPypers

Thursday, April 30, 2009

On the way to India

Now I am in Frankfurt airport waiting for a flight going to Dubai. I was supposed to be in another flight going to Bangalore. Well, I am not complaining anything. I guess this kind of things will happen.
When we started our flight from Dallas Fort Worth airport, the climate suddenly changed. Until I reach airport it was fine. It was heavily raining and very cloudy. Then our flight delayed for 2 and 1/2 hours. When I reached here, the connection flight's boarding was completed. Anyway, they arranged another flight for me which goes through Duabi and then Bangalore. I will be reaching 9 am morning on Friday in Bangalore. I hope my luggage also will reach there.

Update from Dubai: I reached in Dubai two and half hours before,
I need to wait 2 more hours here. Here Internet is free unlike Frankfurt and US.
In Bangalore airport also, internet is free, but we need to register using a mobile.
I statrted 12.00 pm CDT from Dallas, so my total travel time will be more than 35 hours when I reach bangalore. I need to go to Kerala from there, yet another 9 hour jouney in Bus.

Another thing I am waiting in Bangalore is Swine flu checking, Since I am travelling from Texas, it's very likely that they will do it. I don't know how much time these all going to take.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Looking for quotes about Buildout

I was looking to improve the web presence of Buildout by updating
some content in http://www.buildout.org . I got the motivation to
look into it again after reading Jacob Kaplan-Moss's latest blog
series about Buildout. I have added links to his blog from buildout.org now. I
also added his quote: "Buildout is an exceedingly civilized way to
develop an app." into the main page itself ! I think, from marketing
point of view, some good quotes will help. So, if you find any good
quotes about buildout, please let me know.

BTW, I have already collected few quotes there.

P.S: Next week I am returning to India :) Here in Dallas, it looks
like summer is approaching. I attended Dallas Python user group
meetings two times with Brad and Jeff Rush, they are very active.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

From PyCON 2009, Chicago

I reached here in Chicago day before yesterday evening.
Yesterday we visited field museum, shedd aquarium and
walked a lot in Downtown. Now attending some tutorials.
I will be here till 2nd April and planning to attend Zope and friends sprint


Today morning I attended Working with Excel Files in Python by
Chris Withers.

Now attending Eggs and Buildout Development by Jeff Rush (now break time).