PyWorks 2008 Nov 12-14

MTA is putting the finishing touches on our plans to host the first
annual combined PyWorks and php|works conference Nov 12-14. This
year’s conference builds on the past success of php|works events by
adding 2 new tracks of presentations for Python developers and a
cross-over track with topics of interest to everyone.

The tutorials on Wednesday offer an excellent introduction to four of
the popular frameworks available for Python web applications. Mark Ramm
promises a fast paced introduction to TurboGears and its related
components. Travis Cline will be presenting Django from the perspective
of a PHP developer, comparing and contrasting the approaches used by
both. Brandon Rhodes’ Grok tutorial is sure to create a few Zope
converts, and Noah Gift will show how to build and deploy AJAX
applications on Google’s AppEngine platform.

The keynote Thursday morning will be given by Kevin Dangoor, well
known in the Python community for his leadership of the TurboGears
project. Kevin will talk about the aspects of running successful open
source projects aside from the code itself. Managing developers is
challenging enough, but when your project is run by volunteers there are
unique aspects to consider. He will offer suggestions for how to
increase and manage the participation in a project based on his
experiences with the TurboGears project.

Illustrating the broad spectrum of applications areas where it is
used, the subjects of the Python talks on Thursday and Friday include
topics such as language internals, artificial intelligence, user
interface tools, scaling multi-threaded applications, and systems
administration. Of course, there’s a healthy dose of web development as
well.

I’m really looking forward to the the conference, and I hope to see
you there!