The Second Python Workshop

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Workshop Announcement
The Second Python Workshop is scheduled for May 22, 23, 24, and 25. It will be held in Menlo Park, CA at the U.S. Geological Survey facility (U.S.G.S.). (Thanks go to Jim Fulton for making arrangements for the facility.) Here is a list with hotel information and a map to the USGS.
Call for Papers and for Volunteers
As was done at the last workshop, facilitators have been assigned to each topic area. Papers for the meeting can be submitted prior to the meeting, or as reports after the meeting. You do not have to attend the workshop to submit a paper and you don't have to submit a paper to attend the workshop. Please send papers to to have them included in the proceedings. All the proceedings will be published on the Web.

DEADLINE: The proceedings will be published as a Web document so the publishing deadline is flexible. We would like the papers in as soon as possible, but some reports will be completed after the meeting. It would be helpful to give others attending the workshop a chance to preview your work, so please send in a title and abstract as soon as you can. You can send in an early draft or your papers if work is still in progress, we can always update a paper at a later date.

Workshop Fee
This second workshop will not have a fee. Donations to cover the cost of a refreshments may be collected at the meeting.

We are fortunate in that this second meeting will be another freebee. In the future we expect it will be necessary to charge a fee for the workshops.

Signing up for the Workshop
To sign up to attend send an email to We are starting to approach the capacity of the room, so if you plan on attending, please be sure to send a note as soon as possible.
Workshop Location
     U.S. Geological Survey
     Rm: 7250 (on the second floor)
     275 Middlefield Road, Building 7
     Menlo Park, California  94025-3591
     (for information about the USGS campus contact:
	Polly Bennett 415-329-4049 or  
	Janice Wells 415-329-4033)
     FAXs may be sent to 415-329-4026, attn: Janice or Polly, of
	 course with some additional indication of who it is for and
	 that they are at the Python Workshop.

     (about 15-minutes south of the San Francisco airport)

The Workshop Agenda

The Workshop final schedule will be posted after the meeting:-) The following is expected to be pretty close to what you can expect.

May 22

PSA Steering Committee Meeting

The Python Software Association Steering Committee will meet at 3:00 PM on May 22 in room 7250 of building 7 at the U.S.G.S. facility. The topic for the meeting will be the official formation of the PSA. If you are not on the Steering Committee and would like to attend please contact

If you plan to attend, please review the PSA documentation on this server and be prepared to discuss issues concerning the goal and operation of the association.

The meeting will adjourn at 5:30 and reconvene at a local eating establishment. (We'll write the restaurant name on the board, for those who show up after we've headed out to it.:-)

May 23, 24, and 25 1995

Workshop Sessions

The sessions will run from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM on all three days. Donuts, Spam, and coffee will be available starting at 8:30. Dinner arrangements will be made at the workshop.

Tuesday May 23 from 8:45 - 12:00

Administrative Topics and Introductions

Moderator - Paul Everitt

We discuss and iron out the general shape of the meeting, hear the prospects of a Python Software Association, and introduce ourselves and our interests in Python.

Tuesday May 23 from 1:00 - 5:00

Distributed Computing

Moderator - Roger Masse

Participants in some distributed-computing efforts sketch out their systems and their connections with Python, Guido discusses some recent python enhancements to facilitate distributed computing. The idea is to have a loose-format panel, with time set aside for focused presentations without restricting general participation.

Wednesday May 24 from 8:45 - 12:00

Extension Modules and Basic Applications

Moderator - Aaron Watters

Works-in-progress reports on various Python applications and modules. Each will be from 5 to 20 minutes, plus 5 to 10 minutes for questions and discussion. We will also have time to discuss ideas about facilitating and coordinating these kinds of efforts.

Wednesday May 24 from 1:00 - 5:00

Graphical User Interfaces

Moderator - Jim Fulton

Presentations of ongoing efforts to integrate existing graphical user interface systems into Python, and discussion of some of the general issues.

Introduction (Jim Fulton)



An hour will be allowed for discussion, so each of the presentations will be limited to 30 minutes.

Thursday May 25 from 8:45 - 12:00

Python Core

Moderator - Guido van Rossum

Presentations and discussions of recent proposals and developments for python core-language facilities.

Thursday May 24 from 1:00 - 3:30

Python Software Development Environment

Moderator - Ken Manheimer

Discussion of some recent developments in the Python software development environment, and directions and priorities for further development. See Session Prospectus for draft overview.

Thursday May 24 from 3:30 - 5:00

General Wrap-up

Conclusion, free ranging discussion, friendly chatter, and The Spanish Inquisition.