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PyCon DC 2004

PyCon DC 2004 was held March 24-26, 2004 in Washington, D.C., at the GWU Cafritz Conference Center.


Additional information is hosted at the PyCon Website.

Keynote speakers

Mitch Kapor, founder of the Open Source Application Foundation, was the keynote speaker on day 1. OSAF is using Python to develop a Personal Information Manager called Chandler.

Mr. Kapor is also well-known as a co-founder of Lotus and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Guido van Rossum gave his "Python State of the Union" talk as the keynote on day 2 of PyCon.

Mr. van Rossum is the creator of Python, beginning in the early 1990s at CWI in Amsterdam, and is still actively involved in the development of the language. In 1995 he moved to the US; first to work for CNRI in Reston, VA as a researcher, then for Zope Corporation as Director of PythonLabs, and since 2003, after a move to the SF bay area, for Elemental Security.

Bruce Eckel delivered a keynote titled "How to Argue about Typing" on day 3 of PyCon.

Mr. Eckel is the author of Thinking in Java (Prentice-Hall, 1998, 2nd Edition, 2000, 3rd Edition, 2003), the Hands-On Java Seminar CD ROM (available on the Web site), Thinking in C++ (PH 1995; 2nd edition 2000, Volume 2, 2003), C++ Inside & Out (Osborne/McGraw-Hill 1993), among others. He's given hundreds of presentations throughout the world, published over 150 articles in numerous magazines, was a founding member of the ANSI/ISO C++ committee and speaks regularly at conferences. He provides public and private seminars & design consulting in C++ and Java. Although he writes about C++ and Java, Bruce reaches for Python first when creating his own tools.


The following sponsors helped make PyCon 2004 possible:
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Gold Sponsors


White Oak Technologies, Inc.

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Wing IDE for Python

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