Guido speaking Thursday 2/17 in Palo Alto

Sanford Rockowitz rockowitz at
Mon Feb 14 23:41:02 CET 2005

Guido van Rossum speaks this Thursday evening, February 17, in Palo Alto as 
part of SDForum's Distinguished Speaker Series 
(  The topic is "Python: Building an Open 
Source Project and Community".


Date:       Thursday, February 17, 2005
Time:       Registration and Networking: 6:00 PM, Program 7:00 PM
Location:   PARC Auditorium, 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto
Co-hosts:   Computer History Museum,  Institute for the Future,  ACM San 
Francisco Bay Area Chapter,  The Chinese Software Professionals 
Association, BayPIGgies


In 1991, Guido van Rossum made his creation, the Python programming 
language, open source.  Today, Python is one of the three "P-languages" 
which enjoy massive popularity among developers as part of the open source 
LAMP platform (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl/Python).  In this 
retrospective, Guido looks back on the early days of the Python community, 
describes its development into maturity, and explains why he is still 
having a good time after 13 years of herding cats.


Cost:  $15 for pre-registered members of SDForum and Co-Hosting 
Organizations,  $25 for all others.  At the door, add $5 to member and
non-member prices.

Special student rate for this event:  Students with valid student 
identification can register for $10 by calling the SDForum office at


For further details and to register online, see, 
or go to the main DSS page ( and click on the 
link to Guido van Rossum's talk.

To register by phone, call the SDForum office at (408)494-8378.

About the Series

The SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series presents people who have made 
major contributions to how software is created, or who have helped us to 
understand the role of software in the larger society. speaking on topics 
of current interest.

Our theme for the 2004-2005 season is The Software Commons.

In recent years, many in the software community have emphasized the 
importance of constructing a shared space of knowledge, techniques, and
ideas that both enhance our lives today and can be handed down to future 
generations.  For its 2004-2005 season, the Distinguished Speaker Series is 
presenting leading figures in the realm of the software commons:  the 
practitioners who are creating this shared space in its many forms, and he 
activists, critics, and commentators who are debating the significance of 
the phenomenon.

The series is co-hosted by the Computer History Museum, the Institute for 
the Future, the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the ACM, and the
Chinese Software Professionals Association.

For more information about the series, see

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