PyWorks and php|works opening keynote

We are excited to announce the keynote speakers for this year’s php|works and PyWorks conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia in November.

In the opening keynote, Kevin Dangoor, the founder of the TurboGears Python web framework project and, more recently, the Paver Python build tool project, will be speaking about growing your open source community.

[From php|works/PyWorks Keynotes Announced ]

Though it’s been on the schedule for a couple of weeks, Elizabeth Naramore has officially announced that I will be giving the opening keynote at the first PyWorks conference (I’m not sure how many years php|works has been going). This is a cool, combined conference, and I wanted to pick a topic that I think is fun and will be useful to both Python users and PHP users.

If you’re looking for screenfuls of code, this is not the talk for you (my other three talks are more code-filled). But this is going to be a very practical talk filled with things you can do right now to bring more people into your open source projects.

Let’s meet up in Atlanta at PyWorks!

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This year has seemed like a big year for Python conference activity in the US. Of course, there was PyCon in March, which topped 1,000 attendees. I’ve also seen announcements for a bunch of regional Python gatherings (like PyOhio, which was close by but I couldn’t attend).

This year, we also get PyWorks, which is joined at the hip with php|works in Atlanta in November. This is the first year for PyWorks, and they’ve got a good lineup going. There’s a day of tutorials and two days of talks, so this is more like a PyCon than it is like those regional conferences.

In addition to attending talks myself, I’m hoping to meet some more good Python and/or JavaScript folks in the “hallway track”. I’m sure there will be lots of Dojo users mixed in with the Python and PHP people, so we should get together.

I have four speaking slots (one of which isn’t listed yet) over the two conference days (gadzooks!). I’ll be doing a revised and expanded version of my PyCon talk “Rich Client Web Applications with TurboGears 2 and Dojo”. I’ll also be giving an updated version of the “Easy build and deployment automation with Paver” talk that Mark Ramm gave in my stead at PyOhio. Paver really puts the “scripting” back in “Python scripting language” (Python certainly does a lot more than “scripting”!)

I’ll also be giving a talk called “ZODB: The Most Underappreciated Library in Python”. The ZODB is great. More people should use it. This is a talk I gave a couple months back at MichiPUG, so it’s only been seen by a small group at this point.

My fourth talk is one I haven’t given anywhere before: “Beyond the Source: Growing Your Community”. I’m going to talk in concrete terms about things you can do to grow an open source community. Open source projects really need to get to a certain level of use before they become viable open source projects, and there are many, many ways in which people interested in a project can help it get there.

I hope to see you there!