[Baypiggies] BayPIGgies and Open Source (was: Complimentary class on SPM.Python)

Michael Pittaro mikeyp at lahondaresearch.org
Fri Aug 6 00:29:18 CEST 2010

On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 5:47 AM, Aahz <aahz at pythoncraft.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 05, 2010, Minesh B. Amin wrote:
> >
> > As a follow-up to the well-received talks at BayPIGgies (June + July
> > 2010), MBA Sciences is pleased to announce a complimentary class on
> > SPM.Python scheduled for Monday, August 9 (7PM - 9PM) at the Mountain
> > View Community Center.
> > --
> > MBA Sciences, Inc (www.mbasciences.com)
> Because I've been too busy to attend BayPIGgies meetings, I didn't pay
> much attention earlier, but I'm a bit concerned that we devoted two
> meetings to a single commercial product, especially one that doesn't
> offer an Open Source license and doesn't list prices on its website.
> (Let alone my bias against websites that require JavaScript to view
> them.)
> Part of the reason I haven't offered to repeat my OSCON talk about the
> work I'm doing at egnyte.com is because I think that BayPIGgies should
> have a strong bias in favor of Open Source because Python itself is Open
> Source.
> What do other people think?  Did people who attended the meetings about
> SPM feel that they got enough technical value even if they never use SPM?
> --
> Aahz (aahz at pythoncraft.com)           <*>
> http://www.pythoncraft.com/
I definitely lean towards FLOSS topics.

I think some commercial software topics are OK, as long as they are relevant
to Python developers.  Pure product pitches aren't going to cut it for me,
and if there's a FLOSS alternative, I'd prefer to hear about that in detail.

When I talked about the SnapLogic project back in 2007, my exchanges with
Jim on the draft presentation concentrated on Python experiences, not a
product pitch (even though the code was GPL.)

Minesh did a good job of balancing things, but I would have loved to get
into the 'secret sauce' behind the scenes, and proprietary source makes that
impossible.  Parallelism + Python are an interesting enough topic for me
that I was still interested.  Glen provided working decorator code, with all
the behind the scenes magic, much more useful in day to day work.

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