The first presentation was an introduction to the Twisted network application framework by Cary Hull of Google. It was a very informative introduction. He used Twisted itself as the presentation engine for the talk. Nice touch. I’m hoping for Mr. Hull to present in the future either a more in-depth presentation on Twisted or an overview of Zope interfaces (hint hint, Cary :-). Or both.
The next presentation was by Luis Caamano of Racemi. I’ll only gloss over this presentation now because I plan to get more detailed with them soon. But their product is pretty amazing. Basically, you can move operating systems from machine to machine in a data center. Yes, it sort of sounds like what you can do with VmWare, but it really is very different. And it’s written in Python. Something over 200,000 lines of it (and something over 100,000 of test code) if memory serves me correctly.
Interestingly, and as already mentioned, Mark Ramm showed up for the meeting. He mentioned some collaborative effort which was beginning with TurboGears and Pylons. I’m still waiting on details on this, but it sounds promising. I’ll post back here as I learn more.
The meeting was packed (not surprisingly given Google’s presence). Tons of new faces were there. I hope there was enough interesting material to bring some of those folks back. It’s always a good time to hang out with folks with similar interests.