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Leon Brocard (aka acme) is an orange-loving Perl eurohacker with many varied contributions to the Perl community, including the GraphViz module on the CPAN. YAPC::Europe was all his fault. He is still looking for a Perl Monger group he can start which begins with the letter 'D'.

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Tuesday May 06, 2008
03:51 PM

London Python Meetup

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I've just come back from the London Python Meetup. There was an informal survey, and I was the person who had the least Python experience (although I have written a little app). Around 50 people turned up and there was free pizza and beer.

There were some lightning talks, including one on Google App Engine. Another talk was a relevation someone has bought a bunch of servers for platform testing. The lightning talks were a bit hit-and-miss and would have been much better if they hadn't tried to have slides.

The main talk was Jacob Kaplan-Moss giving details about the history of Django, mostly little anecdotes. I was surprised to hear that PyCon had almost 1,100 people this year and that in the Django talk, half of the attendees (200 people) had learnt Python in order to use Django. That's some killer app.

Perl people as are pretty pragmatic, using the best tool for the job and learning about everything. However almost every talk tonight contained a dig about Perl, it was really dishearting. Python people: grow up and pay attention to what other people are doing - you might learn something.

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