I'm enjoying the wonderful weather in Florence this weekend while attending
PyCon Italy 2. Yesterday's highlight was Richard Stallman's thought-provoking
keynote titled Free Software in ethics and in practice held in the
Vecchio. Stallman's alter-ego Saint IGNUcious (of the church of Emacs) even
made an appearance.
My presentation on Sunday covers Application Development in IronPython. It's
mainly an introduction to IronPython for Python programmers. Being very much an
an Italian language conference, there's real-time translation of English
presentations to Italian (mine included). Conversely there's translation from
Italian to English in one stream.
The conferences organisers and attendees are being patient with my lack of
Italian language skills. I feel very lucky that many Italians can speak English.
It's easy to be complacent about learning other languages when you already know
I've been fortunate to have met some great people including Raymond Hettinger
(core Python team), Arkadiusz Wahlig (Skype4Py) and some of the organisers
Simone, Giovanni and Lawrence. It's always great to be able talk shop, exchange
perspectives and be inspired. (Resolver One has been getting plugged too!) I'm
looking forward to more conversations as the conference continues. The best
stuff at conferences always happens outside of the lecture theatres.
ps. The food rocks! The conference lunch today was amazing and last night's Florentine style steak was super-tasty.