[Inpycon] First cut of grand schedule

Kenneth Gonsalves lawgon at au-kbc.org
Mon Apr 26 14:00:02 CEST 2010

On Saturday 24 Apr 2010 3:02:52 pm स्वक्ष wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 24, 2010 at 14:00, Noufal Ibrahim <noufal at gmail.com> wrote:
> [.......]
> > not very confident about sprints. Of course, we didn't advertise or
> > charge up people for that either so maybe...
> http://catherinedevlin.blogspot.com/2010/04/bugfixing-at-pyohio.html,
> since we have a few months to plan and discuss something similar? Any
> takers?

what is a sprint? it is when people who are working together on a project get 
together (either in person or on IRC or on both) for a fixed period of time and 
work non-stop to finish a fixed target (usually bugs, but could also be 

hence the prerequisite for a sprint is a project with sufficient number of 
developers with adequate rights to want to work together and feel that f2f 
will help things. As far as I know the total number of projects with Indian 
developers who are likely to attend the conference is zero. A sprint can also 
be held with just two developers who would like the opportunity of a f2f to 
iron out a whole lot of things. These may possibly take place at the 
conference, but without fanfare as both those guys will quietly sit in a 
corner and go about their business.

the other type of so-called sprint is where people assemble to write code to 
order. The miserable failure of fsck.in to produce is an example of what 
happens in that case. I know a couple of guys who did not write code for 
months as they were saving up the code to write it at the 'conference'. 
Whether they actually wrote it is anybody's guess. No, writing code for show 
or on order is a non-starter.

lurking on the django-dev list I have seen sprints being planned for pycon and 
for djangocon - but they have been planned and executed because at times it is 
nice to have a f2f to clear up things that get confused on mailing lists and 
IRC. But these come from need - if anyone *needs* to have a sprint at the 
conference, it will happen.

Kenneth Gonsalves
Senior Associate

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