Today is the last day of PyCon 2010 and I am waiting on the next talk to begin. I’ve learned so much that, at times, I thought my head might just explode. Sessions run until 5pm, with Open Space sessions often running past 10pm. There are so many really smart people here and it is easy to get caught up in a conversation with someone you met just moments ago.
I think coming to PyCon may have been one of the best things I have done for myself in some time. It’s truly and amazing language and coming to a conference like this just lets me know that I am on the right path. I got the great chance to meet and speak with the folks doing the Jython work and that may be the way for me to do more python at work, considering I work for an almost 100% Java shop. Most of all, I take away from this that I need to get more involved in the community and do even more than I do. To get hired doing python, it’s probably best to get your name out there and be active. The community is small enough that it really shouldn’t be that hard to get your name known. So that is my goal for the next year, get my name known. Part of this will be running the Birmingham Users Group, part if it will be maybe helping with documentation and such for Python.org, part will be getting involved and coding on some open source projects.
Serendipitously, it seems PyCon 2011 will be held in Atlanta again next year. I will surely be here, regardless of what it takes to make that happen.
Lessons learned: If you really care about software as more than just your day job, get involved with the open source community in whatever language you have chosen. Take part in your local users groups. Get your name out there and do something to be a part of the community. Attend a conference, especially if it is one that is small enough that you can feel significant. If you are still searching for one, let me suggest the Python community. It really does rock!