This blog shows how awesome PyCon was and why you should attend next year.

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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.