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Dear Editor:

Enclosed is a press release for the PyCon open source conference, which will be held at George Washington University's Cafritz Conference Center on March 23-25, 2005. We hope you will include a mention of the conference in your newspaper/listing/whatever to help promote our event.

If you would like to send a reporter to cover the conference, please contact me at (XXX) XXX-XXXX or XXX@XXX; please include "PyCon" in the subject line. Please contact me no later than March XXX (cutoff date?) so that we can add your staff to the press list in time.


Andrew M. Kuchling Publicity, PyCon 2005

Press release

December 21, 2004
Press Release
SOURCE: Python Software Foundation

Keynote Speech by Jim Hugunin, author of IronPython.

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., December 21, 2004 -- PyCon 2005, the third
annual Python developers' conference, will be held at George
Washington University's Cafritz Conference Center in Washington DC on
March 23-25, 2005.  The keynote speaker will be Jim Hugunin, author of
IronPython.  IronPython is a new implementation of the Python
programming language for the Microsoft .NET and open-source Mono

PyCon is a community-oriented conference targeting developers
interested in Python, a powerful open source programming language.
The conference provides opportunities to learn about significant
advances in the Python development community and to meet fellow
developers from around the world.  The conference program will include
peer-reviewed presentations, impromptu talks, and meetings for
planning future development.

"PyCon brings together Python users of all types, from newbies to
veterans, to exchange ideas, work on code, discuss future directions for
the language, and in general to foster the continued success and growth
of the Python technology base. This is a community-oriented conference
and the Python community includes everyone, from grade schoolers just
learning about computer science, to renowned scientists interested in
using the best tools, to business people looking for a secret weapon,"
said Guido van Rossum, creator of Python.

PyCon 2005 is organized by members of the Python community, and made
possible by the Python Software Foundation and conference sponsors.

Early bird conference registration costs $175 US ($125 for students)
through XXX.  Regular per-registration after that date will
cost $250 ($175 for students), and $300 ($225 for students) at the

For more information or to register, please visit the PyCon 2005 website:

Coding Sprints

The conference will be preceded by 4 days of coding sprints on March
19-22.  Sprints are intensive coding sessions focusing on a particular
problem, and they give an opportunity for face-to-face collaboration
between developers who normally communicate online.  Participation in
sprints is free of charge and open to all.

Planning for the sprints is taking place on the web at

About Python

Python is a powerful object-oriented programming language that is
developed and maintained by a global community of open source developers
under the oversight of the Python Software Foundation.

Python is very easy to learn for programmers of other languages such as
C, C++, Java, and Visual Basic, and can significantly increase programmer
productivity.  It is often characterized as an agile language that
promotes speedy development and includes a unit-testing framework for
building more robust applications. Python is often used in large system
development to decrease software costs, mitigate risk, and meet aggressive
schedules. The language is the basis of applications used by tens of
thousands of companies and organizations worldwide, and its user base
is growing rapidly.

Key features of Python include:

* Object orientation, modular name spaces, exceptions, and multi-threading
* High-level dynamic data typing and very late binding
* Tight integration with C, C++, and Java modules
* May be compiled to Java byte code for use in any JVM
* String and regular expression processing
* Extensive XML and web services support
* HTTP, FTP, SMTP, POP, IMAP, NNTP, telnet, and other IP protocols
* HTML, MIME, base64, binhex, uuencode, and other internet data handling
* GUI development and multimedia services
* Unit testing, profiling, and documentation generation
* Available third party modules for database access, scientific computation,
  visualization, 3D modeling, image processing, LDAP, WebDAV, jabber,
  MIDI, game development, and much more

Python runs on Microsoft Windows(R), Mac OS X, Linux, Unix, OS/2, WinCE,
and many other operating systems. Full source code is available for the
language and associated standard libraries.

Additional information and downloads are available at

bout the PSF

The Python Software Foundation (PSF) is a non-profit organization
devoted to advancing Open Source technology related to the Python
programming language. The PSF holds the intellectual property rights to
Python and plans to fund portions of future development of the
language. Additional information on the PSF is available at To make a tax-deductible donation, please
visit Company sponsorships
are also being accepted.

Press Contact

Stephan Deibel
PO Box 1937
Brookline, MA 02446


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