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This page lists the accepted talks for PyConDC2004. The abstracts are available at

The papers are available at:

Python Core

How Python is Developed -- Brett Cannon

Iterators and Generators -- Thomas Wouters, XS4ALL

Metaclasses, Who, Why, When -- Mike C. Fletcher, Cain Gang Inc.

New-Style Class Tutorial -- Thomas Wouters, XS4ALL

Tools and Techniques

60 Minutes of MacPython -- Bob Ippolito

Distribution Basics - Using "distutils" -- Anna Ravenscroft

Packaging Python with Microsoft Installer -- Martin v. Löwis, Hasso-Plattner-Institut

Twelve Thousand Test Cases and Counting -- Phil Pfeiffer, East Tennessee State University

Literate unit testing: Unit Testing with Doctest -- Jim Fulton, Zope Corporation

Epydoc: an API documentation generation tool -- Edward Loper, University of Pennsylvania

GTK and Gnome Programming with Python -- Travis B. Hartwell, Roxor Games

A multi-language code intelligence engine for code browsing support in a commercial IDE -- Trent Mick, ActiveState

Transluscent Inter-Process Service Migration -- Jean-Paul Calderone, Divmod


IronPython: a fresh look at Python on .Net -- Jim Hugunin, Want of a Nail Software

Using Python as an Extension Language -- Rick Ratzel, Magma Design Automation

Building C Extensions for Python with Pyrex -- Paul Prescod

Creating Python Bindings for Large C++ Frameworks -- Tamer Fahmy, Vienna University of Technology

From Python to PLT Scheme -- Daniel Silva, College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University

Optimization and Alternative Implementations

Optimizing Python Code with Pyrex -- Paul Prescod

Faster than C: Static Type Inference with Starkiller -- Michael Salib, MIT

Pypy - implementing Python in Python -- Jacob Hallén, AB Strakt

Web Development

Web Services for Python -- Christopher Blunck

Zope Development Roadmap -- Jim Fulton, Zope Corporation

Tutorial: Introduction to Quixote -- A.M. Kuchling, ASTi

Introduction to Mod_Python -- Grisha Trubetskoy

Setting a Context for the Web User -- Steve Holden, Holden Web

FormEncode, a validation and form generation package -- Ian Bicking, Imaginary Landscape

Nevow: A Web Application Construction Kit -- Donovan Preston, Divmod


The Panda3D Engine - Python Scripting for Game and Simulation Development -- Shalin Shodhan, Entertainment Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon University

High Level 3D Graphics Programming in Python -- Tamer Fahmy, Vienna University of Technology


Python, Zope, and PostgreSQL -- Joel Burton

The View From ATOP: Simple but Powerful Persistence using Python and BSDDB -- Glyph Lefkowitz, Divmod

Science and Math

A Finite Volume PDE Solver Using Python -- Daniel Wheeler and Jon Guyer, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Data Extraction and Analysis Program -- Amy L. Shelton, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Python in Chemical and Bioinformatics -- Andrew Dalke, Dalke Scientific Software, LLC

Modeling of a Fuel Fabrication Facility Using Python and SimPy -- J.D. Doak, Los Alamos National Laboratory


Promoting Computer Literacy Through Programming Python -- John Miller, University of Michigan

GvR: Karel the Robot meets Python -- Jeffrey Elkner and Paul Carduner, Open Book Project

The Natural Language Toolkit -- Edward Loper, University of Pennsylvania

Python in the Mathematics Curriculum -- Kirby Urner, 4D Solutions

PyGeo: An Adventure in Self-directed Education with Python -- Arthur Siegel, Marva Consulting LLC

Developing Online Classroom Tools with Zope -- Nathan R. Yergler, Canterbury School


Spam Filtering with Exim and Python A.M. Kuchling ASTi

Python and Real-World Devices -- George Belotsky, Open Light Software Inc.

"Scripting Language" My Arse: Using Python for Voice over IP -- Anthony Baxter

Cryptographic Channels in High Availability Python Systems -- Thomas Zetty,

Two Impromptus, or How Python Helped Us Design Our Kitchen -- Andrew Koenig

Python in Business

Flour and water make bread: A talk aimed at open source developers curious about business and business people curious about open source -- David Ascher, ActiveState

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