One Laptop Per Chicago

ChiPy held our largest meeting yet at Google (again) last night, so here’s a linkriffic post about it.

Feihong Hsu presented lessons learned on doing Unicode in Python. I love hearing real-world experience, and Feihong knows his stuff. After his presentation there was a discussion where other folks chipped in their notes and answered questions. The gist of it is that Python is good for Unicode, and in Python 3000 it’ll be great.

Ian Bicking is working part time on the One Laptop Per Child project and brought a prototype. I couldn’t get over how nice it is, it has a lot of thoughtful design touches like the antennae doubling as latches to close it. I’ve heard a lot of folks say they want one, but you really don’t -- the keyboard is physically too small for adults to type on. Ian mentioned it’s currently fairly difficult to get started developing, but there’s a lot of attention on the problem and he’d like to set up a sprint to develop for the laptop after dev envs are easy to set up.

Ted Pollari took a few minutes to talk about how he and others worked to bring PyCon to Chicago in 2008. They’re finalizing the hotel contract this week, and planning for a thousand developers. Ted thanked everyone who helped, and encourages anyone who’s curious or might be able to volunteer to join the pycon-organizers mailing list.

Pete Fein presented Grassy Knoll a REST-style interface to PyLucene using JSON as the data format on the wire. REST is a natural fit for the document management and searching, so it looks like a good project. He’s looking for folks to lend a hand.