May 1, 2012


I co-organized the event and gave a talk! stack


  • node.js
  • coffeescript.js
  • reddis
  • Ruby (actually jruby)
  • Lots of workers and controls of them.

Django and MongoDB: The State of Things

  • By myself
  • Slides forthcoming

Bringing down the system using Python to save lives

  • By Randall Degges

The issue

  • Syrian Uprising
  • Military killing civilians

What can I do to help?

  • Shut down military communications!


F@#$ the government!

  • Syrian military monitoring civilian communications then dropping bombs
  • How to protect people fighting a terrible regime?
  • Shut down the system!

Using Voip to save lives

  • Use Asterisk and pycall to make millions calls
  • just a few bytes to make the call

Why Pyramid?

  • By Michael R
  • CTO of
  • Known on IRC as ‘goodwill’
  • Organized the PyCon Web Summit

Very flexible

  • Any template engine
  • Any ORM or ODM


  • Fast, 100% test coverage, well-documented
  • Open source with strong community support
  • Pay for what you get

What Pyramid doesn’t do

  • Make choices for you
  • No assumptions about the structure of your application


  • Creates a WSGI-compliant application
  • Handles HTTP requests and responses
  • views, requests, and more
  • Awesome t-shirt
  • Works with gevent for asynchronous behavior


from paste.httpserver import serve
from pyramid.config import Configurator
from pyramid.response import Response

def hello_world(request):
    return Response('Hello, World!')

if __name__ == '__main__':
    config = Configurator()
    app = config.make_wsgi_app()
    serve(app, host='')


Finish rest of sample app

Boilerplate available


by Daniel Stewart


  • A tool to help you make up for lost meetups.
  • People list people they saw on craigslist.
  • Parses the craiglist data to figure out where, when, and other details.