PyCon India 2013

PyCon India 2013 – a premier conference in India on using and developing the Python programming language is conducted annually by the Python developer community and it attracts the best Python programmers from India and abroad. Conferences are the best place to meet old friends, make new one, discuss technical as well as non-technical things at same place. I made it to PyCon this year and met many old faces and made new friends too. It was a three day event starting from 30th August to 1st September 2013 with the first day focusing on workshops and last two days on conference with several talks lined up in two parallel tracks. There were BoF sessions conducted too.

Day Two – After Kiran’s keynote, I attended a session on building a super fast, scalable, distributed Python project using ZeroMQ by Srinivas. He explained about the message queues we can use to scale our code. Then I met Sanket, Co-Founder of CampusHash who conducts workshops-cum-hackathon; he discussed about packaging and distributing Python code. This talk changed the way I use to build modules and package them. I happen to meet a college pal of mine Rakesh at Plivo booth. He was demoing the company’s product, this called me to attend the talk on web telephony and how they use Python to build it. I also went to BlueJeans booth to see their demo on video collaboration in cloud. Discussed about the cloud vendors they use and learnt that they have a private cloud set up on OpenStack. I had some discussion on the networking piece, it went on for sometime, and learnt where I lagged in setting it up at our datacenter. We went for a lunch break and yes food was really tasty. After the break I attended a session on configuration management using Ansible. The talk was really interesting as I have been using Chef in my day to day work. Ansible is an IT orchestration engine written in Python and it makes deployment of applications, task-execution and systems easy. Post this session I met the speaker and discussed about functionality of Salt and Fabric, what differences does it make if I choose to use Ansible in the deployments.

Day Three – Keynote speaker for third day was Kenneth Reitz, sitting in the balcony I was silently listening to his talks. Until lunch I spent my time visiting various booths, seeing demo of their products. It was just awesome. I met Pavan at McAfee booth where I shared my exposure with anti-virus testing on Open Enterprise Server during my period of stay with Novell. Old memories cherished. I met few RedHat follks with whom I discussed my experiences with OpenStack and apparently one of them was a QA guy for OpenStack. May be next time when I give a shot to OpenStack I can keep in mind about his findings for the RDO project.
Python for testing, yes, a session by RedHat lady Anisha was the one which I couldn’t miss. Slides for the talks are here. Another session on penetration testing was cancelled due to unavailability of the speaker. The last talk that I attended was about using IPython Notebook by Konark Modi.
pyconI am seen busy arranging my laptop bag sitting next to Dhruv, a RedHat guy.Later in the evening we had a AGM of PSSI and various points related to spreading Python in India were discussed.

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PyCon-India 2010

Yet another open source event, PyCon India 2010 is the primary Python conference in India. It is been hosted for the second time in India. It was a two day event held on 25 – 26 Sept’10.

Got up early in the morning, caught a bmtc bus and reached the venue, MSRIT before time. I was happy to see some old faces and even happier when they also recognized me.

David Goodger was the keynote speaker. After the inaugural ceremony, I moved to lecture hall to attend a session on Python 2to3, followed by functional programming in Python. During break I had discussions with FOSSEE, a team from IIT-Bombay who are working on project to enable students and faculty to use open source software tools for science and education, thereby improving quality of instructions and learning. SAGE session by them was worth attending. I missed my laptop for their hands on, but gave a spin with their linux distribution at home.

Post lunch, I attended GUI programming using PyQt, followed by Twisted programming ( the speaker was my interviewer as well ). And how mobile phones can be forgotten ? Compiling Python runtime libraries on mobile phone, this reminded me of OpenMoko talk.

It was day two, I spent most of the time in discussions and learning what type distro folks over there were using. Met few ThoughtWorkers who actually cleared most of my doubts regarding mobile-based application and Django. Missed sessions on Google App Engine, as there were some other interesting talks at the same time.

The conference ended with Indian Python Software Society annual  meeting and I was happy to be a part of it.

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