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Diane Mueller, March 15, 2011
As PyCon 2011 winds down this week with code sprints and various BoFs, we'd like to give a shout out to the conference organizers for bringing together the Python Community and giving us the opportunity to connect! ActiveState's announcement of the inclusion of NumPy, SciPy, matplotlib and now the Enthought Tool Suite in our ActivePython Community Edition received a warm welcome at the conference, as did our python tattoo give-away at the booth!
Aside from the good folks at Google and YouTube, it was great to see the range of Python-powered sites from Freshbooks, Dropbox, Disqus, TrueCar to Beautylish: my personal favorite use of Python. Beautylish has a great site dedicated to discovering, learning and talking about make up and beauty! Think of it as the StackOverflow of all things beauty. It's sure to be a big hit with my teen-aged girls, but perhaps not as much with the core Python developers in attendance.
I did manage to get out of the booth to a number of sessions. My favorite sessions were:
- Jacob Kaplan-Moss's session preaching the gospel of documentation
- Oliver Grisel's session on text classification with scikit-learn
- Roy Hyunjin Han's PyCuda session on Paralel Computing on Nvidia GPU
- Van Lindberg's How to Kill a Patent with Python
Watch all the session on blip.tv's PyCon channel at http://pycon.blip.tv
You can learn more about ActiveState's solutions and products for Python at http://activestate.com/python.
And don't forget to use your $50 coupon from your swag bag before the end of March on any new purchase from our store—perfect for Komodo IDE or ActivePython Business Edition. As an added bonus in March, if you pick up Komodo IDE for your Python development (for which we recently won InfoWorld's Best Python IDE!), you'll also get the ebook 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts. Valued at $29.99 US, it is a collection of short, two page essays, each by experienced programmers and respected practitioners in the industry. Great for all your development needs—not only Python.
P.S. Many thanks to all of you who came to my poster session on my pet Python project, arelle.org and listened to my pitch for reforming Wall Street with Python and XBRL - you can learn more at http://arelle.org/participate/
P.P.S. If you entered our in-booth contest for great ActiveState prizes (and a Kindle), keep your eyes on your inboxes. We'll be sending out winner details later today or early tomorrow.
See you at PyCon next year!