Future is Bright

What he does

  • PSF board member
  • Pycon chair
  • Python core dev
  • Dad, developer

What is Python?

  • Language

  • Community

  • PyPy, PyPI

  • Heroku: http://bit.ly/o73sOR

    • Humble community - no rockstar personas
    • Approachable
    • etc

Where is Python used?

  • Disney Animation Studios
  • NASA
  • Many other things
  • Too many cool places to list
  • Python is everywhere
  • Everyone uses Python

Python is amazing

  • Easy to learn
  • Easy to use
  • Very fast
  • Large scale, small scale

Status of the Language

  • Approx 123 accepted PEPS

  • about 80 Built-in functions

  • 250+ stdlibs

  • Python 2.7.x is last of the 2.X series

  • How about status of http://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0397/?

    • Windows installer for Windows
    • I don’t use Windows, but my students usually do

Jesse’s Personal Wishlist

  • Better messaging systems
  • Actor support in stdlib
  • Support for gevent and other things

Jesse says we need

  • More Pythonic APIs (mentions Kenneth Reitz)

  • …to remain conservative in changing the language too much

  • …but adding to the stdlib is a problem

    • Barely fits in the head
    • stdlib stalls things


  • Super-fast

  • Gets things done

  • A bit complex - needs people like Alex Gaynor to do the work

  • Doesn’t handle cpython stuff that touches C stuff.

  • predictions:

    • Will be used more and more
    • Will continue to be based off the cpython implementation

Python interpeters

  • Need to work together, tests, compatibility, etc

  • BFFs:

    • PyPy
    • CPython
    • Jython
    • IronPython

Python 3

  • Keep calm and carry on
  • Python is 21 years old, a 5 year plan to migrate to it is nothing
  • Python 3 porting is getting finding
  • The PSF is willing to give out grants


  • Look at the number of Python conferences!

  • I got mentioned by Jesse! Yeah!

  • Come to workshops and meetup groups

  • Get involved

  • Don’t be a jerk

    • Stay positive
    • Not all criticism is constructive
    • It can be hard to fight through vitriol and find what’s worthwhiel


  • CW: What PEPs will affect the language

    • Answer: Hard to say cause there are so many things going on
    • Answer: Twisted components into core is on the docket
    • Answer: Some API sugar