[python-uk] Tell us what you did with Python this year....
fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Tue Dec 21 15:45:09 CET 2010
I started the year working for a German firm writing web applications
with Django on the server and Silverlight on the front end. The front
end application (about 20 000 lines) was written entirely in IronPython
and running in the browser. Communication with django was almost
exclusively sending and receiving json.
In September I started working for Canonical, working on web services
associated with Ubuntu Pay, the new software centre and the single sign
on services for canonical websites. This is mostly working with django.
unittest in the Python standard library has continued to evolve, which
I've been heavily involved with along with a few other standard library
tweaks (my favourites being contextlib.ContextDecorator and
inspect.getattr_static plus backporting weakref.WeakSet to Python 2.7).
Python 2.7 was released in 2010 as well as the first alphas and betas of
3.2. The changes to unittest are available in a backport to earlier
versions of Python called unittest2 which has gained a surprisingly
large number of users and will be incorporated in the next version of
My 'other' testing project is mock, which is approaching a 0.7.0 release
with a lot of new features. The blocker on getting the final version out
of the door is a thorough review of the documentation. Hopefully I will
find time for this over the christmas break. The beta seems to be
getting a nice level of uptake though and no new bug reports since the
ConfigObj is still reasonably popular but I'm not using it a great deal
myself these days, so I haven't worked much on it this year. A couple of
folk ported it to Python 3 though, which is fantastic.
In 2010 I attended PyCon US, EuroPython and PyCon Italia. All were
fantastic and at EuroPython this year we had our first language summit
and PSF members meeting. I'm currently helping with talk selection for
PyCon US 2011 and organising the language and vm summits we will have
there. We intend to repeat the language summits and PSF members meeting
at EuroPython 2011. The EuroPython 2011 location is fantastic, so
hopefully see you all there!
All the best,
May you do good and not evil
May you find forgiveness for yourself and forgive others
May you share freely, never taking more than you give.
-- the sqlite blessing http://www.sqlite.org/different.html
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