What should Titus talk about next year at PyCon?

My talk this year kinda sucked -- more on that later -- and I am trying to come up with good and perhaps even non-testing talk ideas for next year.

One intriguing idea contributed by Brian Dorsey is that of giving 5 lightning talks in a 30 minute session. Since I like live demos, I could give five completely different demos, e.g.

  • building and testing CPython across the Snakebite network, 30+ machines
  • Django's test framework, from an outsider/testing-fiend perspective
  • time-series analysis of code coverage data
  • N packages in 5 minutes - trying to easy_install audience-suggested packages.

and whatever else comes to mind. Ideas welcome ;).

I may submit a separate talk proposal on my Web development course, too, but I have to see how it goes this fall.


Legacy Comments

Posted by Carlo Cabanilla on 2009-04-04 at 14:31.

How bout a talk about pony-build? That way you can engage in
embarrassment driven development ;]

Posted by Benjamin Peterson on 2009-04-04 at 22:21.

+1 for Snakebite. I'm eager to find out more.

Posted by Noah Gift on 2009-04-05 at 06:55.

+1 for Django test framework.  Not sure if even you have the balls to
tackle JKM and his drunk Google Alerts for Django  :)

Posted by Paul Hildebrandt on 2009-04-06 at 16:20.

The multiple lighting talks is an interesting idea.  You may want
several prepared and either pick depending on what else is being
covered in the conference or make it audience driven.    +1 snakebite
talk.  I would humbly suggest that it include a "why this project is
important" section.  I think there is a contingent that doesn't
understand.     I would also suggest not talking about yourself in the
third person. :)

Posted by holger krekel on 2009-04-07 at 09:11.

+1 on the easy_install/N-packages talk as well.    would be good to
have the commands interactively go to a Windows/OSX/Linux machine
simultanously and report back the result.  I can help with that :)

Posted by Titus Brown on 2009-04-07 at 09:31.

Paul, as you know, the "PyCon Titus" is rather separate from me.

Posted by Robert Myers on 2009-04-09 at 10:06.

Don't be so hard on yourself, your talk this year inspired me to start
using figleaf on a project I'm working on. Huge, complex, written by
someone else and **zero** tests. Figleaf + Nose has saved the day!
That said I love the idea for multiple lightning talks with live

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