The PyCon 2014 organizers are thrilled to announce the opening of registration for the April 9-17 conference, taking place at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. This event represents the first of two annual PyCons to take place in Montréal, following a hugely successful two-year run in Santa Clara, California.
Not only did the “Young Coder: Let’s Learn Python” tutorials lay the foundation for many children to go on and learn to program, they sent at least one father down that same path.
Who were we kidding when we thought all the awesomeness has already been reported?
More then 70 reasons served! Convinced yet!? Good! See you in Montreal!
Everybody knows that the language is great, and that the library is (mostly) great too. Likewise, the collection of modules on PyPI is a good thing (if a bit overwhelming).
But honestly, it’s the people that make hacking in/on/with Python so fun and rewarding. I know there is a stereotype of programmers as anti-social, maladjusted, unpleasant people, but that stereotype just vanishes at PyCon. Whether chatting with total strangers who I’ll probably never meet again, or reconnecting with former colleagues, or meeting people who I’ve only “known” online before, PyCon is just about the friendliest and most welcoming environment I’ve ever been in. That’s just as true with 2,500 people in 2013 as it was with 250 in 1998.
Python had always been on my list of ‘Languages to Learn’, along with Ruby and a few others. I had taught myself Perl, without the help of the community (not out of choice, but out of the community not being welcoming in the least). I decided to learn either Ruby or Python, and I found the Python community to be the most welcoming community. I never understood how people could be so loyal to a programming language, that was before I found Python and PyLadies and all the wonderful, supportive people. I now have a purpose and a mission in life to educate women in programming with Python and to help anyone who wants to learn the language. These are some of the most passionate, compassionate people I’ve ever met. I’d like to thank you all for being so welcoming, and helping me to better myself not only as a programmer, but also as a person.
As usual, the “hallway track” is one of the best parts for me - I love meeting all my Pythonista friends and finding out what they’ve been up to in the past year. I swear, I get (and give) more hugs at PyCon than most of the rest of the year.
People kept stopping by and peeking in, then giving us little cheers at the sight of rows of kids with their ‘coder faces’ on. I tried to impress on the kids that they were the stars of PyCon. I’m not quite sure they bought it, but it’s true. Everyone was so excited about the classes. I got stopped at least once an hour by someone who wanted to know about it, or how they could do it themselves.
We even had a group of programmers from Mexico approach Jesse and offer to translate our slides so that they could teach the classes in their home country. I believe we’re even finding a way to send them Pis so they can copy our set-up exactly.