February 10, 2010


Python implementation developers cooperate at world's largest Python conference

ATLANTA, GA - FEB 10, 2010

Python 3 will zoom forward at PyCon 2010 with the incorporation of Unladen Swallow, a performance-boosting branch of Python initiated by engineers from Google.  First made public at PyCon 2009, Unladen Swallow is already accelerating Python applications at several companies.  Now the Unladen Swallow team plans to merge their code into Python 3's codebase, promising big speed improvements to Python 3 and a major new incentive for Python programmers to adopt the next-generation version of the Python language.

The growth of the Python language has brought about not just Unladen Swallow but a variety of other implementations of the Python language.  Jython, Python's Java bytecode-generating implementation running on the Java Virtual Machine, released its version 2.5.1 in 2009.  IronPython, the first-class CLR language for the .NET platform, released version 2.6.  PyPy, the implementation of Python *in* Python, will release version 1.2 for PyCon.  Leaders of all these Python implementations, plus Pynie, Stackless Python, the original CPython, and non-Python dynamic languages will gather at PyCon 2010's Virtual Machines Summit and Python Language Summit to coordinate their development and share ideas.  PyCon wraps up with four days of development sprints, where these projects and others will join lead developers with ordinary attendees for intensive, cooperative coding that will push forward with the plans laid down at the PyCon summits.  Python development efforts from around the world gather at PyCon, producing an unmatched opportunity for immersive learning.

PyCon's talk schedule includes a record-setting 95 talks in five tracks, describing the use of Python in everything from e-commerce to robotic submarines.  PyCon 2009's talks were so popular that its videos have been downloaded over 250,000 times!  PyCon 2010 also introduces an academic-style poster session and continues to feature Open Spaces, keynotes, Lightning Talks, Hands-On Lab, and the Exhibit Hall.

About Python

Python is an open-source, dynamically typed, object-oriented programming language that can be used in nearly the entire range of technology applications. It offers an easy learning curve and access to a vast array of libraries. With implementations available for all common operating systems as well as the Java and .NET platforms, Python can be used on virtually any system in existence. Python's power and versatility have made it one of the world's most popular programming languages, currently ranked #7 in the TIOBE index. Like other open-source, dynamic languages, it offers rapid productivity and a vigorous developer community; at the same time, Python's clarity and reliability give confidence to enterprise users.

About PyCon

Presented by the Python Software Foundation, the world's largest Python conference brings together a diverse group of developers, enthusiasts, and organizations to explore new challenges, launch new businesses and forge new connections within the Python community. PyCon provides attendees with the opportunity to delve into the dynamic programming language relied upon by institutions from MIT and NASA to Cisco and Walt Disney. PyCon helps people learn new tools and techniques, present their own projects, and meet other Python fans.  PyCon 2010 is sponsored by twenty-one companies, including Google, CCP Games, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Net-ng, Socialserve.com, ActiveState, White Oak Technologies, Canonical, Microsoft, Sauce Labs, Rackspace, ESRI, and Oracle.  Press passes to the conference are available for members of the press who would like to witness PyCon in person.

PyCon: http://us.pycon.org/2010/
Python language website: http://python.org
PyCon summit meetings: http://us.pycon.org/2010/about/summits/
PyCon talk listings: http://us.pycon.org/2010/conference/talks/
PyCon 2009 videos: http://pycon.blip.tv/
TIOBE Index: http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/content/paperinfo/tpci/index.html
Python Software Foundation: http://www.python.org/psf/

See PyCon 2010 press releases at http://us.pycon.org/2010/about/press/

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