[EuroPython] Python tracks/topics

Nicolas Pettiaux nicolas.pettiaux@openbe.org
Mon, 11 Feb 2002 22:31:51 +0100

Le Lundi 11 F=E9vrier 2002 22:06, Joseph Santaniello a =E9crit :
> On Mon, 11 Feb 2002 at 20:14, M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
> > Joseph Santaniello wrote:
> > > Hello All,
> > >
> > > Perhaps 'Python in The Real World' is just too general a topic. May=
> > > something like 'Python for solving Real World Problems' which has
> > > scientific issues, technical discussions, etc, and examples of real
> > > world solutions that have been implemented in Python, and another t=
> > > that focuses on the more non-technical, or less specific aspects of
> > > Python in practice. Things like all the business, cultural, and
> > > development model stuff.
> >
> > Nothing against scientific applications, but what we Tim and I
> > originally had in mind was a session where we could discuss
> > business models around Python, strategies for convincing
> > decision makers about the values of using Python in projects,
> > total cost of ownership w/r to Python and Python applications,
> > etc.

What I (Nicolas Pettiaux) had in mind with something like "Python in the =
world" has nothing to do with scientific applications (I have a physics=20
background but I am not any more in such  an intersting field) but show t=
python is good to solve "business problem" just as well as java is (or be=
if you ask me !)

> > In that sense "the Real World" meant: Python in business
> > environments.
> >
> > So perhaps we need two tracks:

yes, we need that, provided we find the audience for both.=20

> > * Python in Business
> > * Python in Science
> By Python in Business do you mean using Python to solve business proble=
> (figuring out finance charges or something) or the business of using
> Python and getting it to be accepted, etc.

Yes this is what I consider

> If we think of it as how Python can be used to figure out business
> problems, it is quite similar to scientific problems (or any other for
> that matter) and I think perhaps it would be suitable to have a track
> filled with all sorts of "real world" applications of Python, be they
> business, scientific, or whatever.
> But I do agree that there should be a track specifically for the "suits=
> which discusses among other things the non-programming specific aspects=
> Python. Things like it's overall benefits, how it works well as a
> modelling language, how it is quick to develop with, how it's easy to
> read and thus maintanable, and things about how to convince
> non-technical sceptics that is is a viable alternative to other more
> well-know technologies, etc.
> I think we are sort of saying the same thing.

THank you for telling what I wanted.

Nicolas Pettiaux
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