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Library of Video Lectures

A collection of video lectures suitable for projection at fledgling usergroup meetings to supply initial presentation material.

The video should be of high quality - readable on a large screen with audible sound, and given by a speaker who knows his stuff and presents well. Flash-based video, as found on, is often of low resolution. Use the downloadable video formats for presentation.

You can find a list of audio-only presentations on the PythonAudioMaterial page.

Other collections of Python-related video:

Iterators, Generators, and Descriptors

By:Guido van Rossum
Date:October 29, 2003
Length:1 hr 24 min 38 sec

This is a "What's New in Python [2.3]" talk delivered to the EE380 course at Stanford.

Python 2.2 and 2.3 added significant power to Python's competence in the construction of highly advanced class libraries, primarily through the introduction of two new concepts: iterators (a generalization of for loops) and descriptors (a generalization of customizable attributes). This talk presents the principles and some examples of these additions, and shows how they are useful for lowly scripting tasks as well as for advanced class library authors.

Python 3000

By:Guido van Rossum
Date:July 2006
Length:1 hr 6 min 41 sec

The next major version of Python, nicknamed Python 3000 (or more prosaically Python 3.0), has been anticipated for a long time. For years I have been collecting and exploring ideas that were too radical for Python 2.x, and it's time to stop dreaming and start coding. In this talk I will present the community process that will be used to complete the specification for Python 3000, as well as some of the major changes to the language and the remaining challenges.

Better, faster, smarter: Python yesterday, today ... and tomorrow

By:Alex Martelli
Date:October 12, 2006
Length:1 hr 2 min 35 sec

A presentation to the Bay Area Python Interest Group, giving some historical introduction on Python 2.x and how it is developed, and then moving on to the features of Python 2.5.

Introducing Python

By:Arlington Career Center Multimedia and Yorktown High School
Date:November 2006
Length:23 min 50 sec

A light-hearted introductory activity for a computer science course, this video contains interviews with luminaries from the Python community interspersed with A Python Love Story.

A joint, interdisciplinary project between Arlington Career Center Multimedia and Yorktown High School Drama and Computing, the Python Project builds on the successful use of Python as a teaching tool in Yorktown's Computer Science Program. It was shown at the 9th and 10th International Python Conferences.

How Open Source Projects Survive Poisonous People

By:Ben Collins-Sussman & Brian W. Fitzpatrick
Date:January 2007
Length:54 min 55 sec

By two of the authors of Subversion, Ben and Brian present on the social and organizational elements involved in protecting the attention and focus of your group, and how to build a healthy community. They relate the bikeshed story and then launch into how to deal with those people who, often unintentionally are selfish, uncooperative, and disrespectful. These people can silently poison the atmosphere of a happy developer community. Come learn how to identify these people and peacefully defuse them before they derail your group. Told through a series of (often amusing) real-life anecdotes and experiences.

Although the talk is focused on development teams, many of the principles relate to general communities such as usergroups. And of course many usergroups will run a group project or two and could benefit from these tips in that way as well.

Python 3000 (2)

By:Guido van Rossum
Date:February 14, 2007
Length:1 hr 25 min 54 sec

Since the renewed Python 3000 effort was announced at PyCon 2006, a lot has happened. We've implemented about half of the promised changes in a branch, we've solidified the schedule, there's a refactoring tool that can do source-to-source translations, and we've produced several gigabytes of discussion about language change proposals (most of which were deemed too radical in the end :-). In this talk, a preview of a keynote to be given at PyCon 2007, I'll discuss the Python 3000 road map, status, and what this means for the average Python user.

Advanced Python or Understanding Python

By:Thomas Wouters
Date:February 21, 2007
Length:1 hr 15 min 43 sec

The Python language, while object-oriented, is fundamentally different from both C++ and Java. The dynamic and introspective nature of Python allow for language mechanics unlike that of static languages. This talk aims to enlighten programmers new to Python about these fundamentals, the language mechanics that flow from them and how to effectively put those to use. Among the topics covered are duck-typing, interfaces, descriptors, decorators, metaclasses, reference-counting and the cyclic-garbage collector, the divide between C/C++ data and Python objects and the CPython implementation in general.

Python Design Patterns

By:Alex Martelli

Part 1

Date:March 2007
Length:58 min 47 sec

Part 2

Date:April 2007
Length:44 min 28 sec

Design Patterns must be studied in the context on the language in which they'll get implemented (the Gang of Four made that point very strongly in their book, though almost everybody else seems not to have noticed :-). This talk explores several categories of classic "elementary" DPs in a Python context -- Creational, Masquerading, Adaptation, and Template.

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