How to promote Python in the Federal government?
steve at ferg.org
Mon Mar 3 17:43:22 CET 2003
Currently, the level of Python-awareness in the Federal government (or
at least at my agency in Washington DC) is extremely low. Most
programmers and managers aren't even aware of the existence of a
programming language named "Python". Most managers are barely aware
of open-source software, and would never switch to open-source from
Microsoft for fear of "lack of support"! A few of our technical
people are very enthusiastic about open-source -- but for most of
them, "open-source" equates only to Linux, Apache, and Perl.
I'm trying to figure out if there is a way to change this situation.
I thought of running a sort of "Python awareness" campaign, but (if
conducted electronically) that would probably be indistinguishable
I thought of trying to create a Federal Python Users Group (FedPy?).
The purpose of FedPy would be to raise awareness of Python and its
capabilities among Federal agencies, and to (at least) provide a
membership list that might help Federal Pythonistas (employees and
contractors) to know about and communicate with each other. But user
groups don't seem to flourish here -- the local Python/Zope user group
-- Steve Ferg
<name> Stephen Ferg </name>
<email> ferg_s at bls.gov </email>
<phone> 202-691-7257 </phone>
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 5110
2 Mass. Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20212-0001
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