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PyLadies presents: Panel with Lords of the GIL

  • Jan 30, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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A huge thank you to Uber for offering to host the event on such short notice and to Heroku for sponsoring snacks + drinks!!

OMGIL!! PyLadies presents a panel discussion with Lords of the GIL(sort of) for both PyLadies and PyGents.

Join Guido van Rossum, Alex Gaynor, Frank Wierzbicki, and Philip Jenvey for a discussion on the development of popular Python implementations: CPython, PyPy, and Jython, moderated by our own South Bay PyLady: Rachel Sanders.

Submit your question(s) on Python core development, the GIL, and other implementation questions for our panelists via Google Moderator!

Schedule:
7:00pm - Doors open/socializing
7:30pm - Welcome, a quick intro on the GIL
7:45pm - Panel Discussion
8:45pm - Wrap up discussion, more socializing
9:00pm - Beauty sleep

About our panel:
Guido van Rossum is the original author of Python, known as the Benevolent Dictator for Life. He currently mentors and contributes to the ongoing development of CPython. Guido recently left his position at Google to join the Python-shop, Dropbox.

Alex Gaynor is a core contributor to CPython and PyPy, as well as the Django web framework. He currently is a software engineer for rdio, and a recent graduate of RPI.

Frank Wierzbicki is the lead developer for Jython, and a member of the Python Software Foundation. With many years of experience writing in Python and Java, he co-authored the book: The Definitive Guide to Jython.

Philip Jenvey is a software consultant, a founder of the Pylons Project, and a developer for PyPy, Jython, CPython and SQLAlchemy.

Our moderator: Rachel Sanders, the South Bay PyLadies organizer, is an engineer for LinkedIn working with Python full time.

About popular Python implementations:
CPython - the default & most widely-used implementation of Python, written in C (not to be confused with Cython).
PyPy - a just-in-time compiler, originally Python written in Python, now is translated from RPython to C code.
Jython - an implementation of Python written in Java. The Jython implementation does not use the Global Interpreter Lock (GIL) - a limitation of the use of Python threads, and is therefore quite popular with Django, Pylons, and SQLAlchemy.
IronPython (not represented in the panel, unfortunately) - an implementation of Python written in .NET. and also does not use the GIL.

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  • Hy C.

    Thank you for an inspiring and educational discussion. I think that the panelists may have been thinking of Kivy as a library to convert Python to native code on multiple native platforms. Alex said, "It starts with a K ..."

    Thank you Lynn, Rachel, and Jess!!!

    1 · January 30, 2013

  • Annie C.

    Have videographer friend who can shoot tonight!

    1 · January 30, 2013

    • Nina S.

      Please post the link to the video when it becomes available. I am on the wait-list and would love to watch todays meeting if possible.

      January 30, 2013

  • Hy C.

    See you at Uber (405 Howard St around 7pm). There are few questions on the Google Moderator thus far. Please ask and vote: http://www.google.com/moderator/#16/e=203d76

    1 · January 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody from South Bay? I am from Mountain View and would greatly appreciate a ride if possible and will chip in on gas

    January 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am considering driving. Anyone else want to ride? I have a mazda 5 and could comfortably fit 4 and painfully fit 2 more.

      January 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      nm, going to take caltrain. see you there, hopefully!

      January 30, 2013

  • Hy C.

    Nicely done Lynn and others! Thank you Uber.

    January 29, 2013

  • Rachel S.

    Questions are highly encouraged! Even (especially) if you're not an expert - remember there will be a wide range of experiences here.

    January 17, 2013

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