PyCon ZA 2020 will take place on the 8th & 9th of October, 2020. This
year, due to the ongoing uncertainty of when conference facilities
will be allowed to open, we will be running PyCon ZA as an online
We are looking for the following presentations:
- Keynotes (45 minute long talks on a subject of general interest)
- Talks (30 minute long talks on more specific topics)
If you would like to give a presentation, please register at
https://za.pycon.org/ and submit your proposal, following the
instructions at https://za.pycon.org/talks/submit-talk/ . We have a
number of tracks available, including: Data Science, Teaching and
Learning with Python, Web, Scientific Computing, Testing and Other
(which includes all talks that don't fall under the mentioned tracks).
We hope to notify accepted presenters by no later than the 31st of
Speakers will be expected to be available after the presentation for a
short Q&A session. Shared sessions are also possible. The
presentations will be in English.
PyCon ZA offers a mentorship program for inexperienced speakers. If
you would like assistance preparing your submission, email
team(a)za.pycon.org with a rough draft of your talk proposal and we'll
find a suitable experienced speaker to act as a mentor.
If you want to present something else at PyCon ZA, please contact the
organising committee at team(a)za.pycon.org .
We’re researching which software platforms will be most suitable for
running PyCon ZA. As soon as we have finalised this decision, we’ll
make it public and update potential presenters. If you have experience
with presenting on particular platforms, we'd love to hear from you at
On behalf of the PyCon ZA organising committee
On behalf of the Python Packaging Authority, I am pleased to announce
that we have just released pip 20.2, a new version of pip. You can
install it by running python -m pip install --upgrade pip.
The highlights for this release are:
- The beta of the next-generation dependency resolver is available
- Faster installations from wheel files
- Improved handling of wheels containing non-ASCII file contents
- Faster `pip list` using parallelized network operations
- Installed packages now contain metadata about whether they were
requested by the user (PEP 376’s REQUESTED file)
The new dependency resolver is *off by default* because it is *not yet
ready for everyday use*. The new dependency resolver is significantly
stricter and more consistent when it receives incompatible instructions,
and reduces support for certain kinds of constraints files, so some
workarounds and workflows may break. Please test it with the
`--use-feature=2020-resolver` flag. Please see our guide on how to test
and migrate, and how to report issues
We are preparing to change the default dependency resolution behavior
and make the new resolver the default in pip 20.3 (in October 2020).
This release also partially optimizes pip’s network usage during
installation (as part of a Google Summer of Code project by McSinyx
Please test it with `pip install --use-feature=2020-resolver
--use-feature=fast-deps` and report bugs to the issue tracker
functionality is *still experimental* and *not ready for everyday use*.
You can find more details (including deprecations and removals) in the
As with all pip releases, a significant amount of the work was
contributed by pip’s user community. Huge thanks to all who have
contributed, whether through code, documentation, issue reports and/or
discussion. Your help keeps pip improving, and is hugely appreciated.
Specific thanks go to Mozilla (through its Mozilla Open Source Support
<https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/moss/> Awards) and to the Chan Zuckerberg
Initiative <https://chanzuckerberg.com/eoss/> DAF, an advised fund of
Silicon Valley Community Foundation, for their funding that enabled
substantial work on the new resolver.
pip project manager via contract with PSF
I am pleased to announce the release of SfePy 2020.3.
SfePy (simple finite elements in Python) is a software for solving systems of
coupled partial differential equations by finite element methods. It is
distributed under the new BSD license.
Home page: https://sfepy.org
Mailing list: https://mail.python.org/mm3/mailman3/lists/sfepy.python.org/
Git (source) repository, issue tracker: https://github.com/sfepy/sfepy
Highlights of this release
- new script for visualizations based on pyvista
- generalized Yeoh hyperelastic term + example
For full release notes see .
Contributors to this release in alphabetical order:
The pytest team is proud to announce the 6.1.0 release!
This release contains new features, improvements, bug fixes, and breaking changes, so users
are encouraged to take a look at the CHANGELOG carefully:
For complete documentation, please visit:
As usual, you can upgrade from PyPI via:
pip install -U pytest
Thanks to all of the contributors to this release:
* Anthony Sottile
* Bruno Oliveira
* C. Titus Brown
* Drew Devereux
* Faris A Chugthai
* Florian Bruhin
* Hugo van Kemenade
* Hynek Schlawack
* Joseph Lucas
* Kamran Ahmad
* Maximilian Cosmo Sitter
* Ran Benita
* Rüdiger Busche
* Sam Estep
* Sorin Sbarnea
* Thomas Grainger
* Vipul Kumar
* Yutaro Ikeda
The pytest Development Team
PyCA cryptography 3.1.1 has been released to PyPI. cryptography
includes both high level recipes and low level interfaces to
common cryptographic algorithms such as symmetric ciphers,
asymmetric algorithms, message digests, X509, key derivation functions, and
much more. We support Python 2.7, Python 3.5+, and PyPy.
* Updated Windows, macOS, and manylinux wheels to be compiled with OpenSSL
-Paul Kehrer (reaperhulk)
we want to try a new experiment and run an “Ask me Anything” (AMA) this
Thursday to answer questions you may have, share our knowledge or help
you in planning your online event.
Some of the topics we can cover:
- our tools research and findings
- our concepts for running an online conference or event
- our experience with running EuroPython online
- what we could do to support you
- how our Zoom license sharing works
- how you can apply for a grant
- how the EuroPython Society works
- how we run the EuroPython organization with fully remote work groups
and, of course, anything else :-)
If you’re interested in joining the call, please send your name and
email to helpdesk(a)europython.eu and we’ll send you the invite for the
* Thursday, Sept 24, starting at 19:30 CEST *
When requesting the invite, please also consider adding any more
detailed questions, so we can better prepare and make the meeting more
If there is demand, we’ll probably have these calls on a monthly basis
to keep the momentum going.
BTW: We are making our conference resources available on our website, in
case you have missed our blog post earlier this year.
Help spread the word
Please help us spread this message by sharing it on your social
networks as widely as possible. Thank you !
Link to the blog post:
EuroPython 2020 Team
I’m happy to announce the release of pymssql 2.1.5, available to download
via pip and GitHub. Pymssql is a simple database interface for Python
that builds on top of FreeTDS to provide a Python DB-API (PEP-249)
interface to Microsoft SQL Server.
This is primary a Python3 compatibility release, with minor fixes in
bindings to FreeTDS and test suite. The release highlights are:
- Support Python-3.8 (and upcoming 3.9). Update tests for Python-3.8 compatibility.
- Use correct language level for building Cython extension.
- Fix FreeTDS version checks. Add check for version 7.4.
- Use Github Actions for building wheels for Linux, macOS and Windows.
- Drop bundled FreeTDS-0.95 binaries.
The official documentation is available at: https://pymssql.org.
The sources and bug tracker: https://github.com/pymssql/pymssql.