Jacob Kaplan-Moss

Overheard at PyCon

I wrote this post in 2007, more than 15 years ago. It may be very out of date, partially or totally incorrect. I may even no longer agree with this, or might approach things differently if I wrote this post today. I rarely edit posts after writing them, but if I have there'll be a note at the bottom about what I changed and why. If something in this post is actively harmful or dangerous please get in touch and I'll fix it.

Overheard at PyCon:

  • James Tauber: “Reinventing the wheel is great if you’re trying to learn more about wheels.”
  • Adrian Holovaty: “Having Python produce JavaScript is like using a motorized wheelchair because you’re too lazy to walk.”
  • Titus Brown: “I don’t do test driven development. I do stupidity driven testing… I wait until I do something stupid, and then write tests to avoid doing it again.”
  • Simon Burton (introducing RPython): “Who here would like your Python code to run thirty to forty times faster? [Raised hands, applause]. Well, it’s not going to happen.”
  • Simon Burton (a few moments later): “You can either take drugs of try RPython.”